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SPRING Singapore and AiF Projekt GmbH have launched the Germany-Singapore SME Funding Programme to encourage partnerships between German and Singaporean SMEs. The Programme provides funding for joint R&D projects between German and Singaporean SMEs from their respective governments. The first call for proposals will be held from 1 September 2016 to 31 December 2016.

Interested SMEs may download the Briefing Pack (pdf, 113KB) and Application Form (pdf, 399KB) for more information.


Ready for the next phase of growth? The Capability Development Grant (CDG) is a financial assistance programme that helps you build capabilities across 10 key business areas, ranging from raising service standards, adopting technology to staff training and overseas expansion. The grant supports a wide range of capability upgrading initiatives to help you grow your businesses locally and globally.


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

Supportable Areas

Brand & Marketing Strategy Development
Raise your company’s profile, emphasise your value proposition and take your brand global

Business Excellence
Improve your management systems for better organisational performance

Business Strategy Innovation
Use a structured approach to convert knowledge and ideas into new or improved products, processes, services or business models to gain a competitive advantage

Enhancing Quality Standards
Adopt standards to improve your processes, raise competitiveness, enhance business credibility and enter new markets

Financial Management
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

Productivity Improvement
Improve workflow processes and optimise resource allocation to maximise productivity

Service Excellence
Enhance service delivery and adopt service innovation to delight your customers

Technology Innovation
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.

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

With effect from 1 January 2017, SMEs seeking CDG support for consultancy-related costs under their upgrading projects will have to engage management consultants who possess SPRING-recognised certification. Management consultants who wish to serve SMEs in their CDG-supported upgrading projects should approach any of the appointed certification bodies to get certified.

Click here for more information.

Application Process

Application Process

Step 1: Pre-application

  • Check that you are eligible to apply for the CDG and identify the supportable area relevant to your project.
    • Discuss your project with an SME Centre business advisor. Visit to make an appointment (optional).
    • With effect from 1 January 2017, SMEs applying for CDG support for consultancy-related costs will have to engage management consultants who possess SPRING-recognised certification. If you are engaging management consultants for your project and would like CDG support for the consultancy-related costs, please ensure that all consultants engaged possess SPRING-recognised certification. Click here for more information on the SPRING-recognised certification and to access lists of certified management consultants.
      • Management consultancy is defined as the process of gathering and analysing relevant data, diagnosing operational and/or business issues, designing and recommending appropriate solutions to improve company’s performance. SMEs engaging such services for their upgrading projects should ensure that individuals involved in such activities possess SPRING-recognised certification; failing which SPRING reserves the right to not support the consultancy fees.
      • Other members or specialists in the team who are not providing management consultancy services but conducting dedicated functions such as, but not limited to, market research, audit, fieldwork, design/artwork, equipment installation and drafting of legal agreements need not be certified.
  • Ensure your project has not commenced.
    Late application will not be supported. Your project can only commence on or after the Project Commencement Date stated in your CDG application, after it has been submitted to SPRING. Actual grant awarded is subject to SPRING’s approval.

    Project commencement may include the following activities, but not limited to:
    1. Execution of project scope and related works.
    2. Payments made to suppliers and/or service providers for products and/or services involved in the project.
    Companies may perform the following once application has been submitted:
    1. Initial deposit payments to supplier and/or service provider for products and/or services involved in the project.
    2. Entering into legally binding arrangement with the supplier and/or service provider engaged for the project.
  • Prepare the following documents for submission with your application.
    • Project Proposal
      • For applications for grant support of $30,000 or less (i.e. total project cost of approximately $45,000 or less), applicants are required to submit their completed project questionnaire. Download the project questionnaire (pdf, 311KB).
      • For applications for grant support of more than $30,000 (i.e. total project cost of more than $45,000), applicants are required to submit their completed project proposal. Download the proposal guide (pdf, 268KB).
    • Latest ACRA Search or Instant Information (≤6 months old*) of your Company and your Corporate Shareholders if applicable.
    • Latest Audited Financial Statements (≤1 year old*) of your Company and Consolidated Financial Statement of your ultimate parent company if applicable.
    • Relevant Proof of Quotation for your project cost items
    • If consultants are engaged, please provide the consultants' proposal. This should include the CVs and scanned copies of the SPRING-recognised certification(s) of each individual consultant delivering consultancy services in the project, and a man-day breakdown of the project scope. 
    * Not required if provided to SPRING in the preceding 12 months and there has been no change.
  • Prepare the following information# based on the last financial year* and the projected 3-year figures from the year after the project is completed.
    Not required for the development areas (1) Human Capital Development – Leadership Development

    Quantitative Impact Indicators e.g. Total Sales Revenue, Remuneration
    Job Creation Indicators e.g. Total Staff Strength, No. of Managers & Professionals
    (Read the detailed explanation of the above (pdf, 74KB)

    # Figures should be representative of the applicant company (not the consolidated group of corporate shareholder)
    For grant support of $30,000 or less (i.e. total project cost of approximately $45,000 or less), only key indicators based on the last financial year will be required.

Step 2: Application

  • Read the SPRING Grant Portal Access Rights Guide (pdf, 121KB) to understand who in your company can access and submit the application.
  • Log on to the SPRING Grant Portal to submit your online application. This should take about 20 minutes with complete information on hand. Click here (pdf, 3.7MB) for the SPRING Grant Portal Step-by-step Guide.

    If you have an existing project in progress, please pre-register with us by filling in this form (pdf, 67KB) and send it to the SPRING officer in charge of your project. Companies that are submitting a new application for the first time will not need to pre-register.

Step 3: Approval process

  • A SPRING Officer will be in touch with you upon receipt of your application. 
    • A meeting may be arranged to better understand your company and the project.
    • You may be required to revise your application if the information submitted is incomplete.
    • Depending on your industry sector and the development area, you may be asked to provide current and projected productivity indicators due to your project (e.g. Time spent on processing, sales per transaction, cost savings, etc.)
  • SPRING will assess your application based on your business needs, the project scope and the competency of the service provider in improving your business capability. All applications are subject to SPRING’s approval.
  • When your application has been approved, you will receive an email notification to log on to the SPRING Grant Portal to view and accept your Letter of Offer.
  • During the Project Implementation period, you should ensure that:
    • Proper project records are maintained; e.g. project scope, timeline, deliverables, progress reports and project sign-offs.
    • Proper financial records are maintained; e.g. invoices and receipts relating to the project.

Claim Process

  • Refer to the Claim Submission Checklist (pdf, 665KB) and prepare the required documents.
    Click here (pdf, 7KB) for the Project Report template. First-time grant applicants can also download the GIRO form (pdf, 225KB).
  • Engage an auditor from SPRING’s Pre-Qualified Panel (pdf, 16KB, updated on 6 Oct 2016) to verify your claim submission, unless expressly exempted by SPRING.
    1. Contact the Pre-Qualified Panel of auditors for a quotation
    2. Appoint an auditor of your choice
    3. Send all the claim supporting documents to the auditor (this can be done via the Portal or by Post)
  • Log on to the SPRING Grant Portal and complete the claim submission online.
    Click here (pdf, 3.7MB) for the SPRING Grant Portal Step-by-step User Guide.

    If you have submitted your application prior to the launch of the portal, please pre-register with us by filling in this form (pdf, 67KB) and send it to the SPRING officer in charge of your project before logging on to make a claim.

IMPORTANT: Claims must reach SPRING within 6 months from the scheduled completion date of the project, or the grant offer shall automatically lapse thereafter.


What happens after I have submitted my claims?

  • The Auditor you have appointed will verify your claim documents and issue an Audit Report upon completion of the verification.
    The auditor may contact you for further clarifications if required.
  • A SPRING Officer will contact you to verify the completion of the project and the deliverables met based on your Project Report.
    1. A site visit or presentation meeting may be arranged for this purpose.
    2. You may be asked to revise your Project Report if information is incomplete.
  • Upon the complete receipt of both the Project Report and the Audit Report from the auditor, SPRING will proceed to process the grant disbursement.
    The funds will be disbursed within six to eight weeks via GIRO to your designated bank account.
    1. You will be notified through an email notification upon approval of the grant disbursement.
    2. An email notification will also be sent out by DBS to the email address stated in the GIRO form to confirm the transaction.

Application Appeals

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 (pdf, 75KB) and email it together with your project proposal to

Note : Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.


Appeal Process

CDG Appeal Process
*The appeal process is estimated to take 6 to 8 weeks. However, it may take longer if a presentation is required.


Panel Composition

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 :

 Chairperson Mr Sim Giok Lak, Chairman/ MD, Zicom Group Limited

 Industry Representatives & Capability Area Experts

 1 Mr Vincent Tan
MD, Select Group Ltd

 9 Er Edwin Khew
Managing Director, Anaergia Pte Ltd

 2 Mr Chan Chong Beng
Chairman, Goodrich Global Pte Ltd

 10 Mr Uantchern Loh
CE, Singapore Accountancy Commission

 3 Mr Lim Chin Tong
ED, Manufacturing Integration Technology Ltd

 11 Mr Por Khay Ti
CEO, Adventech (S) Pte Ltd

 4 Dr Antony Ng
CEO, D’Crypt Pte Ltd

 12 Ms Karen Eidsvik
Advisor, Franchising and Licensing
Association (FLA) of Singapore

 5 Mr Gerry Tan
MD, Griffin Kinetic Pte Ltd
 13 Associate Professor Tan Sze Wee
Deputy Executive Director, BMRC, A*STAR

 6 Mr Lim Lee Meng
Senior Partner, RSM Chio Lim LLP

 14 Mr Tan Peng Yong
VP, Singapore Productivity Association

 7 Dr Tan Chin Tiong
Senior Advisor to the President of SMU

 15 Ms Lim Suu Kuan
Divisional Director, Guest Experience,
Sentosa Development Corporation

 8 Mr Stuart Smith
Chief of Service Innovation Practice,

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Last Updated on : 06 Oct 2016