Applications for the Digital Presentation Grant (DPG) and the Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA) have closed as of 14 September 2020, 5pm. For details on NAC Grants, please visit: https://www.nac.gov.sg/whatwedo/support/funding.html 

 

 

Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP)

1. ACRP Operating Grant

As announced by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) on 15 October 2020, MCCY will be providing a one-off Operating Grant under the Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP) to support arts and culture organisations, and those in closely-related sectors. The Operating Grant will complement existing support schemes and grants to help organisations defray their operating costs, in order to safeguard key capabilities as well as livelihoods. The Operating Grant will also help our cultural and creative practitioners be better positioned to seize opportunities as we progressively resume activities in the arts and culture sector, and enable organisations to continue to generate work opportunities for freelancers they typically engage.

 

Eligible arts and culture organisations will receive a one-off ACRP Operating Grant of either $75,000 or $50,000, based on the size of their organisations. This grant is expected to benefit over 300 organisations. 

 

The grant will be administered by the National Arts Council (NAC), as well as by co-administering agencies National Heritage Board (NHB) and DesignSingapore Council (DesignSG) for their respective stakeholders. NAC and co-administering agencies will reach out directly to eligible organisations by 18 November and notify them about their eligibility for the Operating Grant.

 

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: 

Arts organisations

 nac_feedback@nac.gov.sg

Heritage organisations

 nhb_feedback@nhb.gov.sg 

Design companies    

industry@designsingapore.org

  

The window for appeals is from 16 November – 11 December 2020. If you wish to submit an appeal, please follow the instructions below:

 

Arts organisations

Please submit your appeal form at NAC ACRP Op Grant Appeal 

Heritage organisations

Please submit your appeal form at NHB ACRP Op Grant Appeal 

Design companies    

Please submit your appeal form at DSG ACRP Op Grant Appeal 

 

Please note that appeals will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

2. [Enhanced] Jobs Support Scheme for arts and culture organisations

As announced by Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) 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 as announced at the Fortitude Budget, it was extended to 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 had been applied retrospectively to previous payouts and employers would have received a top-up on these previous payouts by July 2020. 

 

More recently on 17 August 2020, it was announced at DPM Heng’s Ministerial Statement that the JSS support will be extended by up to 7 months, at lower support levels as our economy gradually reopens, to cover wages paid up to March 2021. This will bring the total wage support under the scheme to 17 months for most sectors, including arts and culture. In line with the gradual re-opening of the economy, arts and culture organisations (qualified under Tier 2 support) will see the base tier of JSS support for September 2020 to March 2021 wages adjusted from 50% to 30%. 
 

3. [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.

 

 

4. Venue hire subsidy for performances, exhibitions, rehearsals and workshops

MCCY has extended subsidy for venue hire and in-house production costs (where applicable) from 30% to 80% during Phase 2, subject to review and the prevailing national situation. 

 

This subsidy is for arts and culture activities permitted to resume in Phase 2 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 will also be extended to select arts centres with shared facilities under NAC. 
 

5. 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. The application window was extended to 14 September 2020 (5pm) in response to the interests in CDSA by our artists and arts groups, and is now closed. Proposed training programmes are to be completed by 31 March 2021.


For enquiries, please email cdsa@nac.gov.sg.

 

NAC-Commissioned Training Programmes

 

To complement the open grant component of the CDSA, NAC commissioned 29 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 upcoming 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. 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.


 
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.

 

[List of online courses – Digital Tech]

[List of online courses – Entrepreneurship]

[List of online courses – Audience Engagement]

[List of online courses – Art-Form Specific]

 

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.

 

For arts SEPs, please subscribe to the Arts Resource Hub (ARH) and get more details of the suggested courses, and other relevant resources and services here.

 

 

6. 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. The application window was extended to 14 September 2020 (5pm) in response to the interests in DPG by our artists and arts groups, and is now closed. Proposed projects are to be completed by 31 March 2021.

 

DPG Self-evaluation Report Template

 

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 16 November 2020