The NAC provides sustainable funding infrastructure in support of the arts community to achieve our vision of Singapore as home to diverse and distinctive arts that inspire our people, connect our communities and position Singapore globally.


The Council funds artists and arts organisations across various fields, who are actively engaged in one or more of the following:

  • Establishing new or existing arts organisations;
  • Producing or presenting art and/or encouraging participation in the arts;
  • Training, research & development;
  • Market and audience development (locally and/or internationally).


Important Updates

In line with Singapore’s Smart Nation initiatives, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) and all its agencies, have partnered Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) to develop a new online portal, the MCCY Grants Portal (MGP). This new online portal will facilitate a more convenient application process for grants from MCCY agencies, including NAC. The MGP also allows you to review the status of your application and quickly accept grant awards upon notification from NAC.


From April 2019 both the Presentation & Participation (P&P) Grant and the Market and Audience Development (MAD) Grant have been migrated unto the MGP.  NAC is working to migrate the other grant types unto the MGP throughout 2019 and 2020.


To streamline processes, facilitate the earlier notification of results and encourage applicants to set aside more time for the planning and implementation of projects, NAC’s grant cycles will be revised from April 2019 onwards, with three grant cycles per year.


From 15 April 2019, NAC will be revising the grant cycles for:

  • The Presentation & Participation (General), Presentation & Participation (Publishing), Market & Audience Development (MAD) and Capability Development (CD) Grants, to three cycles per year
  • The Presentation & Participation Grant (Extended Play / Full-Length Album), to one cycle per year
  • The Research Grant to one cycle per year.


New cycle dates for

P&P (General, Publishing), MAD and CD Grants

Apply by

Notified by:

For projects taking place on or after

15 Apr 2019

30 Jun 2019

15 Aug 2019

15 Aug 2019

31 Oct 2019

15 Dec 2019

15 Dec 2019

29 Feb 2020

15 Apr 2020

P&P (Extended Play / Full-Length Album), Creation, Production and Research Grants

15 May 2019

15 Sep 2019

31 Oct 2019**

** Applications for P&P (Extended Play / Full-Length Album) projects taking place from 15 August 2019 – 30 October 2019 will be accepted for the May 2019 cycle, i.e. applicants apply by 15 May 2019, 23:59. This is a one-off arrangement during the transition of the changes in grant cycles.


Applicants can download the user guide for the Presentation and Participation Grant Scheme on the MCCY Grants Portal.


Should you have any queries or need clarifications, please email us at and we will respond via email or assign an NAC officer to speak with you.


Seed Grant

The aim of the Seed Grant is to help kick-start their programmes and projects, and to formalise their operations.

Major Company Scheme

The Major Company Scheme supports the professional and artistic development of registered arts organisations that represent excellence in their core mission, whether it is in art making, outreach or serving the sector.

Creation Grant

The Creation Grant supports the creation, adaptation and re-development of distinctive Singapore-made artistic works.

Production Grant

The Production Grant supports the production, presentation and marketing costs of projects from a wide range of genres.

Presentation and Participation Grant

The Presentation and Participation Grant aims to enable a wide range of arts practitioners and organisations to express and enrich our artistic diversity, as well as increase arts appreciation and participation in Singapore.

Market and Audience Development

This grant supports activities to build audiences, patrons and supporters to complement artistic efforts at home and abroad.

Capability Development Grant

The Capability Development Grant encourages and supports the continuous professional development of the people who work in Singapore’s arts and culture sector.

Research Grant

The Research Grant supports research which expands our knowledge and information of the arts and culture sector.

Arts Fund

The Arts Fund will continue to support artists and arts companies that produce good quality performances and exhibitions for the enjoyment and edification of Singaporeans.

Traditional Arts Repository

The Traditional Arts Repository initiative supports traditional arts groups in digitising and documenting materials of historical value to preserve Singapore’s artistic legacy.