Capability Development Grant (CDG) at a Glance
The grant defrays up to 70 percent* of qualifying project costs such as consultancy, training, certification and equipment costs. You can take on large scale upgrading projects in areas like increasing productivity, process improvement, product development and market access.
To encourage more SMEs to build business capabilities, the application process for grant support of $30,000 or less has been simplified. You can look forward to simpler application forms and reduced documentation requirements for such projects.
* SPRING's enhanced funding support of up to 70% would be effective for three years until 31 March 2018.
Explore CDG Development Areas
Raise your company’s profile, emphasise your value proposition and take your brand global
Stand out from the crowd by integrating design thinking in your business strategies
Improve your management systems for better organisational performance
Enhancing Quality Standards
Adopt standards to improve your processes, raise competitiveness, enhance business credibility and enter new markets
Improve your financial management capabilities and better manage your financial resources
Human Capital Development
Invest in human capital and put in place strategies to attract, develop and retain your talents
Intellectual Property & Franchising
Protect your intellectual property to safeguard your business and gain a competitive advantage
Improve workflow processes and optimise resource allocation to maximise productivity
Enhance service delivery and adopt service innovation to delight your customers
Strengthen your technology innovation capabilities to improve your product and services
- Registered and operating in Singapore
- At least 30% local shareholding
- Group annual sales turnover ≤ S$100m or group employment of ≤200 employees
SPRING will assess the application based on your needs, the project scope and competency of the service provider in improving your business capabilities. All applications are subject to SPRING’s approval.
SPRING Singapore has established a pilot Grant Appeal Advisory Panel, comprising private sector individuals, to provide additional businesses perspectives to the assessment of grant application appeals for the Capability Development Grant (CDG). The Panel will provide advice and recommendations to SPRING on the merits of the projects evaluated and advise if these projects are deserving of support. The Panel will run on a pilot basis for a period of one year from 1st November 2014 to 31th October 2015.
Who can appeal?
An appeal may be submitted if :
- Your company’s application for CDG has been turned down due to inadequacies in project proposal
- The appeal is made within 6 months from the date of letter of rejection
Note : Appeals due to the inability to meet the SME criteria and relating to the level of support are not within the scope of the Panel.
How to appeal?
Complete the CDG appeal form (, 75KB) and email it together with your project proposal to Grant-Appeal@spring.gov.sg.
Note : Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.
*The appeal process is estimated to take 6 to 8 weeks. However, it may take longer if a presentation is required.
Each appeal case will be reviewed by 3 to 5 panellists, comprising industry representatives and capability area experts, depending on the nature of the project.
The list of Industry Representatives & Capability Area Experts is as below :
Industry Representatives & Capability Area Experts
||Mr Vincent Tan
MD, Select Group Ltd
||Ms Angela Kok
||Mr Chan Chong Beng
Chairman, Goodrich Global Pte Ltd
||Er Edwin Khew
Managing Director, Anaergia Pte Ltd
||Mr Lim Chin Tong
ED, Manufacturing Integration Technology Ltd
||Mr Uantchern Loh
CE, Singapore Accountancy Commission
||Dr Antony Ng
CEO, D’Crypt Pte Ltd
||Mr Por Khay Ti
COO/ ED, GLG Corp Ltd
||Mr Gerry Tan
MD, Griffin Kinetic Pte Ltd
||Ms Karen Eidsvik
Chairman, Franchising and Licensing
Association (FLA) of Singapore
||Mr Lim Lee Meng
Senior Partner, RSM Chio Lim LLP
||Associate Professor Tan Sze Wee
Deputy Executive Director, BMRC, A*STAR
||Dr Tan Chin Tiong
Senior Advisor to the President of SMU
||Mr Tan Peng Yong
VP, Singapore Productivity Association
||Mr Stuart Smith
Chief of Service Innovation Practice,
||Ms Lim Suu Kuan
Divisional Director, Guest Experience,
Sentosa Development Corporation