Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP)
1. [Enhanced] Jobs Support Scheme for arts and culture organisations
As announced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on 6 April 2020 and a subsequent update on 21 April 2020, the government will co-fund 25% on the first $4,600 of gross monthly wages of each local employee on their Central Provident Fund (CPF) payroll. This level of support was increased to 75% for the month of April, May and most recently announced at the Fortitude Budget, till August 2020 for a period of 10 months in total. This is applicable to employers who are not allowed to resume operations (defined by whitelisted SSIC) during the period they are not allowed to resume or until August 2020, whichever is earlier. All arts and culture organisations which are employers and who pay CPF contributions, will be eligible under this broad-based Job Support Scheme administered by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS). Additionally, organisations who qualify for Tier 2 support as published in the MOF Budget Annex, are now eligible for 50% wage support when business resumes. This change will also be applied retrospectively to previous payouts and employers will receive a top-up on these previous payouts by July 2020.
2. [Enhanced] Rental waivers for tenants on MCCY-owned properties
Eligible tenants, including arts organisations that are Registered Charities on MCCY-owned properties, will receive a total of up to four months of rental waivers (based on the Solidarity Budget and Fortitude Budget). Others, i.e. eligible non-residential, non-commercial tenants on government-owned properties will receive a total of up to two months of rental waiver (based on Solidarity Budget and Fortitude Budget). Eligible tenants will be informed directly by their respective landlords of their eligibility.
3. [Enhanced] Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA)
Launched on 16 March 2020, the Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA) is a time-limited scheme in support of artists and arts organisations during the downtime caused by the COVID-19 situation. The CDSA is available for a limited period to support arts self-employed persons (SEPs) and employees of arts organisations to upskill and grow capabilities through training programmes that take place in Singapore. From 8 April 2020 onwards, the CDSA is enhanced to benefit a wider range of arts organisations and professionals. The enhancements include increasing the funding level for arts organisations and SEPs and extending the training programmes to take place until 31 December. With these enhancements, the application window will also be extended to 31 July 2020 (5pm).
Please refer to the CDSA guidelines below for more information and email your application and/or enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAC-Commissioned Training Programmes
To complement the open grant component of the CDSA, NAC is commissioning local arts organisations and arts practitioners to conceptualise and deliver training programmes that are relevant and will be beneficial for the continued professional development of arts SEPs and employees of arts organisations. The programmes will be complimentary and we encourage you to apply for the CDSA to attend these courses commissioned by NAC.
Additionally, in line with MOH’s advisory on the gradual resumption of activities starting from 2 June, all training programmes that are conducted during this period will have to be conducted online.
The list of NAC-commissioned training programmes and detailed information can be accessed here. As the list will be updated on a regular basis, do refer back here regularly for further information.
Other Training Programmes
Other than the NAC-commissioned training programmes, NAC has collated possible online courses for the arts sector below. These focus on courses by our local arts institutions, tertiary institutions, as well as a handful of courses from overseas providers. The courses listed are not intended to be prescriptive or exhaustive, but rather will serve as a first point of reference for further training opportunities in areas such as Digital Technology, Entrepreneurship, Audience Engagement or Art-form Specific courses. Interested applicants can seek out the respective courses to gather more details on course content and fees. We encourage you to apply for the CDSA grant to attend these courses. As the lists will be updated on a regular basis, and NAC understands that a number of training providers are in the process of shifting their courses online, do refer back to the NAC website regularly for further information.
[List of online courses – Art-Form Specific] [Updated with new courses as of 3 July 2020]
Enhanced Training Support Package for Arts Companies
In recognition of the impact COVID-19 has had on particular sectors, the government has rolled out the Enhanced Training Support Package (ETSP) for arts companies, administered by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). This scheme enables arts companies to send employees for selected training by the appointed training providers for the sector: Temasek Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, NTUC LearningHub and Nanyang Polytechnic. Companies can enjoy course fee subsidies of 90%, along with Absentee Payroll (AP) of $10/hr, with upfront course fee payment being nett of subsidies and AP by reimbursement. Applications are open till end Dec 2020. Companies will need to approach the contact persons directly for each of the providers to register for courses. More information is available at: www.ssg.gov.sg/ETSP_EnhancedAP.
4. [New] Digitalisation Fund (DF)
NAC will support the arts and culture organisations’ and practitioners’ efforts to enhance the digitalisation of their work, and create new experiences for Singaporeans. To ensure Singaporeans continue to have access to arts and culture during the next few months, the A-List, an integrated platform will aggregate and spotlight arts and culture offerings from our institutions, arts groups and artists.
Digital Presentation Grant for the Arts (DPG)
The Digital Presentation Grant (DPG) is a time-limited scheme that aims to support efforts by artists and arts organisations to present their work in digital form or via digital mediums, during this COVID-19 period. Through the grant, NAC aims to create work opportunities for arts practitioners while at the same time, develop industry capabilities in producing digital arts content.
Applications will open from 14 April to 31 July 2020 (5pm), and projects should be completed by 31 December 2020. Successful applicants may receive up to $20,000 per project.
We welcome proposals which include creative means to develop digital projects while fully working from home. Arts and culture organisations and practitioners can also submit proposals for future projects that may involve several people working in a studio or performance venue (i.e. when the circuit breaker measures are relaxed or lifted).
Applications are to be submitted through FormSG.
Please refer to the DPG guidelines below for more information.
For enquiries, please email DPG@nac.gov.sg.
The Digitalisation Fund will also support larger-scale digitalisation of existing festivals and projects to ensure support of the arts practitioners as well as to engage Singaporeans digitally through to the arts. We are also committed to continuing with our annual large-scale festivals through digital means as far as possible.
Ask NAC Engagement Sessions
We have concluded our Ask NAC series of engagement sessions on Zoom.
If you have further queries or concerns regarding the grant schemes under NAC’s Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP), please email to the relevant manager in the table below. Tell us a little bit about yourself/your organisation and the type of arts programmes you are involved in for us to better address your queries.
Arts Organisations (Major Companies and Seed Grant Companies (MCSG) and non-MCSG Arts Organisations)
Chua Yong Kee
AEP/AISS Artist Educators and Arts Organisations
Self-Employed Persons (SEPs)
Arts Resource Hub
Updated as of 7 July 2020