[Extended] Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP) Operating Grant
As announced by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) on 8 March 2021, a second tranche of the Arts & Culture Resilience Package (ACRP) Operating Grant will be introduced, to continue to help key organisations in the arts and related sectors defray their operating costs. As more economic activities have resumed,a second tranche of the ACRP Operating Grant of $35,000 per organisation will be provided, following the first tranche of $50,000 or $75,000 which had benefited over 220 organisations.
The same eligibility criteria for the existing ACRP Operating Grant as the first tranche will apply. NAC and the co-administering agencies (the National Heritage Board and DesignSingapore Council) will reach out directly to eligible organisations to notify them about the second tranche of the Operating Grant in March 2021.
Eligibility Criteria for ACRP Operating Grant
- Criterion 1: Active employers who have been making CPF contributions for their local employees, and are not already receiving >75% of its operating funding from the government;
- Criterion 2: Have industry/niche capabilities that are crucial to the sustainability of the arts ecosystem endorsed by NAC, NHB, or DesignSG.
- Criterion 3: Provide a breakdown of their employees’ profile as well as commit to preserving existing jobs in their organisations to the best of their ability and where viable, and provide a written statement of capability development and prospective work plans.
If you have any queries regarding the grant, please email the relevant contacts below:
If you wish to submit an appeal, please visit this website in mid-March for further details.
[Enhanced] Jobs Support Scheme for arts and culture organisations
On 16 February 2021, as announced by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) Heng Swee Keat, the JSS will be extended for firms in Tier 2 Sectors (including Arts and Culture) with 10% support for wages paid from April to June 2021.
This is a continuation from the first announcement on 6 April 2020, where 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 and May 2020, and as announced at the Fortitude Budget, it was extended to August 2020 for a period of 10 months in total. 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, were also eligible for 50% wage support when business resumes.
On 17 August 2020, it was announced at DPM Heng’s Ministerial Statement that the JSS support was extended by up to 7 months, at lower support levels as our economy gradually reopens, to cover wages paid up to March 2021. With the latest announcements in February 2021, the total wage support under the scheme is 20 months for most sectors, including arts and culture.
The JSS is administered by IRAS. For information on the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS), please visit https://go.gov.sg/jss
[Extended] Venue hire subsidy for performances, exhibitions, rehearsals and workshops
MCCY will extend the 80% subsidy for venue hire and in-house production costs (where applicable) for another 3 months (i.e., April to June 2021). Any extension beyond June 2021 will be reviewed subsequently, taking into account the prevailing national situation.
This subsidy is for arts and culture activities permitted to resume in Phase 3 at venues in the Esplanade, National Gallery Singapore, National Heritage Board museums and heritage institutions, STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre, Singapore Conference Hall, as well as those managed by Arts House Limited. It is also extended to select arts centres with shared facilities under NAC.
In addition to venues that mentioned above, MCCY will expand the subsidy to more venues. Participating organisations will communicate details of how arts and culture stakeholders can benefit from the extended subsidy.
[New] Self-Employed Person (SEP) Grant
Arts and culture freelancers stand to benefit from a new SEP Grant (up to $50,000 per project). This project-based support will complement other broad-based support measures, such as the COVID-19 Recovery Grant (CRG) and the Self-employed persons Income Relief Scheme (SIRS).
The SEP Grant aims to address the immediate needs and sustain livelihoods of arts and culture freelancers by minimising job and income loss, creating more work opportunities, and enhancing the skills of freelancers. The SEP Grant will be open for applications by Singaporean / permanent residents across the arts and culture sector, as well as arts and culture organisations that collaborate with freelancers.
NAC will be engaging arts stakeholders to scope this grant further, with the aim of launching the grant by June 2021. More details on the engagements and timeline will be shared here in due course.
For information on the Self-employed person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS), please visit https://www.ntuc.com.sg/sirs
For more information on the Covid Recovery Grant (CRG), please visit https://www.msf.gov.sg/assistance/Pages/covid-recovery-grant.aspx
[New] Business Transformation Fund (BTF)
The BTF aims to support the transformation of arts and culture organisations to be more efficient and sustainable. There are two tracks to this Fund:
Track 1: Business Transformation Grant
A new Business Transformation Grant (BTG) will be introduced to support grounds-up interests by arts organisations to support both the digital and non-digital aspects of business transformation. The BTG also encourages arts and culture organisations to come together to address common painpoints and/or co-create solutions. The BTG will provide a grant quantum of up to $30,000 per project for company-specific business transformation efforts, and up to $200,000 per project for co-solutioning projects involving multiple arts organisations, or for projects with potential for wider industry spin-offs.
Track 2: Commissions and Partnerships
MCCY and NAC will also proactively commission or work with suitable partners to co-create business transformation solutions to be piloted for the arts and culture sector.
NAC will be engaging arts and culture stakeholders on their views to scope the BTG, with the aim of launching the grant in June 2021. More details on the engagements and timeline will be shared here in due course.
- For more information on various support schemes available, please visit www.supportgowhere.gov.sg
- For information on the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS), please visit https://go.gov.sg/jss
- For information on the Covid Recovery Scheme (CRG), please visit https://www.msf.gov.sg/assistance/Pages/covid-recovery-grant.aspx
- For opportunities to volunteer please visit https://www.giving.sg/sgunited-volunteers or the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) to find out how you can join causes or start your own to support groups in need.
Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA)
The Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA) is a time-limited scheme launched on 16 March 2020 in support of artists including self-employed persons (SEPs) and arts organisations to upskill and grow capabilities through training programmes that take place in Singapore during the downtime caused by the COVID-19 situation. From 8 April 2020, the CDSA was enhanced to benefit a wider range of arts organisations and professionals including increased funding level for arts organisations and SEPs.
This time-limited scheme is now closed.For Capability Development support, please refer to NAC’s Capability Development Grant.
For enquiries, please email email@example.com.
NAC-Commissioned Training Programmes
To complement the open grant component of the CDSA, NAC commissioned 31 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 list of NAC-commissioned training programmes and detailed information can be accessed here.
Other Training Programmes
Other than the NAC-commissioned training programmes, NAC has also 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. 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.
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 December 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.
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 launched on 14 April 2020 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.
This time-limited scheme is now closed. For support on digital presentations, please refer to NAC’s Presentation and Participation Grant.
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.
Updated as of 8 March 2021