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 S$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
- 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.
Optional: CDG-WorkPro Job Redesign Rider
Between 1 Jul 2016 to 30 Jun 2019, companies supported under the Capability Development Grant (CDG) may apply for the WorkPro - Job Redesign Rider (“JR Rider”) upon CDG project completion. To be eligible, SMEs need to show that the project has led to a positive impact on older workers (subject to applicable conditions being met). This includes, but is not limited to:
- making jobs physically easier, safer and smarter through improvements to the workplace environment / work processes
- placement and retention of older workers
- improved productivity, enhanced job scope, wage increment etc.
The JR Rider can be used to increase the level of funding support to a maximum of 80% of the qualifying project cost, or up to $20,000 payable per older worker who have benefited (whichever is lower), subject to the applicable caps to the JR Rider scheme.
For more information about WorkPro and the Job Redesign (Rider), please visit www.wda.gov.sg/workpro.
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 till 31th October 2016.
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
||Er Edwin Khew
Managing Director, Anaergia Pte Ltd
||Mr Chan Chong Beng
Chairman, Goodrich Global Pte Ltd
||Mr Uantchern Loh
CE, Singapore Accountancy Commission
||Mr Lim Chin Tong
ED, Manufacturing Integration Technology Ltd
||Mr Por Khay Ti
CEO, Adventech (S) Pte Ltd
||Dr Antony Ng
CEO, D’Crypt Pte Ltd
||Ms Karen Eidsvik
Advisor, Franchising and Licensing
Association (FLA) of Singapore
||Mr Gerry Tan
MD, Griffin Kinetic Pte Ltd
||Associate Professor Tan Sze Wee
Deputy Executive Director, BMRC, A*STAR
||Mr Lim Lee Meng
Senior Partner, RSM Chio Lim LLP
||Mr Tan Peng Yong
VP, Singapore Productivity Association
||Dr Tan Chin Tiong
Senior Advisor to the President of SMU
||Ms Lim Suu Kuan
Divisional Director, Guest Experience,
Sentosa Development Corporation
||Mr Stuart Smith
Chief of Service Innovation Practice,