Since 15 April 2019, NAC has revised the grant cycles for the Capability Development (CD) Grant, to three cycles per year. 


CD Grants

Apply by

Notified by:

For projects taking place on or after

15 Apr 2020

30 Jun 2020

15 Aug 2020

14 Aug 2020

30 Oct 2020

15 Dec 2020

15 Dec 2020^

26 Feb 2021

15 Apr 2021

*Specific to this cycle, applications will be open from 15 September 2020, instead of 15 August 2020.




From 15 September 2020, grant applicants applying for the Capability Development Grant are required to submit their applications via the OurSG Grants Portal. Submissions via other means, e.g. email, hardcopies, will not be accepted for these grants.


All applications must reach us by 23:59 (SGT) on the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted. In the event that you are awaiting confirmation from partners/collaborators or acceptance/invitation to a programme, you are advised to submit your application before the closing date, and state clearly any information which is still outstanding/ unconfirmed. The outstanding information should be submitted to NAC once available. 




To sustain support for capability development efforts as the Capability Development Scheme for the Arts is a time-limited scheme that will phase out, we will be making some adjustments to the Capability Development Grant. The enhanced grant scheme will open for application from 15 September 2020, instead of 15 August 2020, for projects commencing 15 April 2021. Please refer to the revised grant guidelines to find out more.


OurSG Grants Portal is rebranded from the MCCY Grants Portal since 21 August 2020, and our transition to the OurSG Grants Portal represents a move towards becoming a one-stop portal for community-building grants across government agencies. All the features of the MCCY Grants Portal will remain, with new enhancements planned for roll-out in the coming months.



In line with efforts to encourage greater governance over grant monies, the following will apply to all CD Grants awarded from 1 April 2020:

  • Grants $10,000 and above will require their Statement of Accounts to be certified by an accountant registered with the Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) or equivalent international body. 
  • As part of the submission during grant closure, the proof of the accountant's registration with ISCA or any equivalent international body (e.g. ISCA Membership ID) should be provided as well. 


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.