Arts and Culture Resilience Package (ACRP) Operating Grant  

Second Tranche
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) have reached 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: 

 

Arts organisations    

nac_feedback@nac.gov.sg

Heritage organisations    

nhb_feedback@nhb.gov.sg 

Design companies

industry@designsingapore.org

 

The window for appeals to be considered for the second tranche of the ACRP Operating Grant was from 17 March to 16 April 2021, and is now closed. 
 

  JOBS SUPPORT SCHEME FOR ARTS AND CULTURE ORGANISATIONS  

Under the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS), the Government co-funds a percentage of the first $4,600 of gross monthly wages of each local employee on his/ her Central Provident Fund (CPF) payroll.

 

On 28 May 2021, as announced by the Ministry of Finance (MOF), the JSS was enhanced to support sectors that had been significantly affected by the tightened measures under Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) [16 May to 13 June 2021]. Arts and culture organisations that had been impacted by this latest round of heightened measures were eligible for the enhanced Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) which will help them defray operating costs during that period.  The Government has provided 50% JSS support for arts and culture organisations involved in the performing arts and arts education, and 30% JSS support for others, such as private museums and art galleries.

 

The enhanced JSS to the arts sector was further extended under Phase 3 (Heightened Alert), in view of the calibrated re-opening approaches announced on 10 June and 18 June 2021.

 

As announced by MOF on 23 July 2021, in view of the further tightened safe management measures with the reversion to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) from 22 July to 18 August 2021, the Government will provide the following enhanced support measures for the arts and culture sector. 

MOF will enhance and extend the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) support for the various segments within the arts and culture sector, as shown in the table below:

 

 

 

JSS Support under P2 (HA)

Extended JSS support under P3(HA)

Extended JSS support due to Reversion to Phase 2 (HA)

 

Sector

Eligibility Criteria

16 May 2021 – 20 June 2021

21 June – 11 July 2021

12 – 21 July 2021

22 July – 18 August 2021

19 - 31 August 2021

Performing Arts & Arts Education

Entities must:

  • Meet at least one of the conditions of being a:
  1. participant in a project, activity, programme or festival supported by the National Arts Council (NAC) or National Heritage Board (NHB) between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021; or
  2. Museum Roundtable member before 31 March 2021; or
  3. Accredited Arts Education Programme (AEP) provider listed in the 2019-2022 NAC-AEP Directory; or
  4. Has more than two-thirds of its business in arts/heritage related activities (as defined by one of the 6 qualifying SSICs in criterion 2); and

 

  • Be classified under SSICs 85420, 90001, 90002, 90003, 90004 or 90009.

 

50%

50%

10%

60%

10%

Museums, art galleries and historical sites

Entities must:

  • Meet at least one of the conditions of being a:
  1. participant in a project, activity, programme or festival supported by the National Arts Council (NAC) or National Heritage Board (NHB) between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021; or
  2. Museum Roundtable member before 31 March 2021; or
  3. Accredited Arts Education Programme (AEP) provider listed in the 2019-2022 NAC-AEP Directory; or
  4. Has more than two-thirds of its business in arts/heritage related activities (as defined by one of the 3 qualifying SSICs in criterion 2); and

 

  • Be classified under SSICs 91021, 91022, 91029.

 

30%

30%

10%

40%

10%

 

The following table summarises the support that eligible organisations, including those in the arts and culture sector, that are employers and pay CPF contributions for their local employees have benefitted/ can benefit from the JSS, as previously announced:

 

JSS Tier

Oct 2019 – Aug 2020 wages

Sep – Dec 2020 wages

Jan – Mar 2021 wages

Apr – Jun 2021 wages

Jul - Sep 2021 wages

Tier 1

75%

50%

50%

30%

10%

Tier 2*

50%

30%

30%

See above

See above

Tier 3

Tier 3A

25%

10%

10%

0%

0%

Tier 3B

0%

0%

0%

All sectors received 75% support for the months of April and May 2020 (during the Circuit Breaker).

 

*The criteria for Arts and Culture organisations to qualify for Tier 2 support are published on IRAS JSS website.  

 

The JSS is administered by IRAS. For information on the JSS and to check JSS eligibility, please visit https://go.gov.sg/jss.  

  COVID-19 RECOVERY GRANT (TEMPORARY)  


As announced on 28 May 2021, self-employed arts and culture practitioners who have experienced an income loss of at least 50% for at least one month, during the period between 16 May 2021 and 30 June 2021, may apply for COVID-19 Recovery Grant (Temporary) [CRG-T]. Eligible individuals may receive a one-off payout of up to $500.  This will run in parallel with the existing COVID-19 Recovery Grant scheme.
 

In view of the further tightened safe management measures with the reversion to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) from 22 July to 18 August 2021,, the Government will extend the CRG-T until 31 August 2021. Existing CRG-T recipients who continue to require assistance can also apply for a second tranche of CRG-T support in August 2021. Please refer to the Ministry of Social and Family Development’s website for more details.

 

  RENTAL RELIEF  


As announced on 23 July 2021, in view of the further tightened safe management measures with the reversion to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) from 22 July to 18 August 2021,eligible organisations will also benefit from rental relief. For Government-owned commercial properties, the Government will grant 4 weeks of rental waiver for qualifying tenants. For privately-owned commercial properties, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) will disburse a 2-weeks rental relief cash payout directly to qualifying tenants as part of the Rental Support Scheme.
 

These were in addition to the rental relief provided under the earlier Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) period from 16 May – 13 June 2021.  

  [Updated] Venue hire subsidy for performances, exhibitions, rehearsals and workshops  

MCCY will extend the 80% subsidy for venue hire and in-house production costs until December 2021. The level of subsidy will be reduced to 60% for the period of January to March 2022.

 

This subsidy is to be applied on top of venues’ preferential venue hire and in-house production rates or discounts for permitted arts and culture activities.

 

The detailed eligibility criteria are as follows:

 

Activities

Permitted arts and culture activities as indicated in NAC and NHB’s prevailing advisories, and subject to the safe management measures indicated in those advisories.  In determining what constitutes an arts and culture activity, MCCY will consider whether the hirer qualifies for the venue’s preferential rates given to arts and culture activities. If a hirer does not qualify for the venue’s preferential rates, the onus is on the venue manager to demonstrate to MCCY why the Venue Hire Subsidy is still applicable in such cases.

Venues

All for-hire spaces (no cap on capacity) at the following locations:

  1. Arts House Limited-managed venues (The Arts House, Victoria Theatre and Victoria Concert Hall, Drama Centre, Goodman Arts Centre, and Aliwal Arts Centre);
  2. Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay;
  3. National Gallery Singapore;
  4. NHB Museums and Heritage Institutions (National Museum of Singapore, Asian Civilisations Museum, Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, Malay Heritage Centre, and Indian Heritage Centre);
  5. Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre;
  6. Singapore Conference Hall;
  7. Stamford Arts Centre;
  8. STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery;
  9. Select arts centres with shared facilities under NAC; and
  10. Select MOE tertiary educational institutes.

Period

All permitted arts and culture activities until March 2022. Should part of an activity take place within this period, venue managers should apply the subsidy on a pro-rated basis, pending confirmation of any extension of the subsidy (and the level of subsidy) beyond March 2022.

  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 has engaged arts stakeholders to scope this grant further, with a summary of the key topics discussed found here. The SEP Grant is now open for applications, click here for more details.
 

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
 

  Organisation Transformation Fund (OTF)  

The OTF 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: Organisation Transformation Grant 
A new Organisation Transformation Grant (OTG) (formerly known as the Business Transformation Grant) will be introduced to support grounds-up interests by arts organisations to support both the digital and non-digital aspects of business transformation. The OTG also encourages arts and culture organisations to come together to address common painpoints and/or co-create solutions.

 

The OTG 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. 

 

NAC has engaged arts stakeholders to scope this grant further, with a summary of the key topics discussed found here. The grant will be launched on 15 June 2021. 

 

Application details and more information on the OTG are available here.


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. 

 


Additional Resources

 

 

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  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 cdsa@nac.gov.sg.

 

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.

 

[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.

 

 

  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.
 

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 17 September 2021