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As part of MTI-SPRING’s initiatives announced at the Committee of Supply (COS) 2017, SPRING will expand the scope of the support for product development under the Capability Development Grant (CDG). With the enhancement, product owners can apply for grant support of up to 70% of qualify costs for product design, development and manufacturing processes when manufacturing new products in small volumes, prior to mass production.

Grant

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.

Grant 
 

Capability Development Grant (CDG) at a Glance

The Capability Development Grant (CDG) aims to support SMEs to scale up business capabilities and ensure business sustainability . You can take on projects in areas like product development, human capital development, business processes enhancements for productivity and business model transformation. The grant defrays up to 70 percent* of qualifying project costs such as consultancy, training, certification and equipment costs.

The application requirements for smaller scale projects, for grant support of S$30,000 or less has also been simplified. You can look forward to more streamlined application forms and documentation requirements.

* 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

Branding and Marketing
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 Model Transformation
Embark on a structured process to transform your business model to gain a competitive advantage

Standards Adoption
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
Strengthen your HR practices by putting in place the right systems and processes, and investing in talent attraction and development strategies

Intellectual Property
Protect and leverage your intellectual property to safeguard your proprietary content, brand and increase your competitive advantage

Enhancing Business Processes for Productivity
Improve workflow processes and optimise resource allocation to maximise productivity

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

Product Development
Leverage technology to develop innovative products and services to differentiate your business offerings


 

Eligibility

  • 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.

International partnerships: Germany-Singapore SME Funding Programme

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.

Interested SMEs may download the Briefing Pack (pdf, 114KB), Application Form (pdf, 181KB), and Brochure (pdf, 403KB) for more information.

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.

From 6 June 2017, all new applicants applying for SPRING's Capability Development Grant to support the implementation of self-service kiosks are required to complete a compulsory self-help checklist on customer experience. The completed checklist should be attached to the project proposal upon application. Click here to download the checklist.

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 a SME Centre to make an appointment (optional).
    • With effect from 1 January 2017, SMEs applying for CDG support for consultancy-related costs must engage management consultants who 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.
      • Consultants offering technical advice and expertise in the development of new technology do not require this certification. Solution vendors offering technical advice in the deployment of information management systems, such as ERP and CRM, do not require this certification.
  • 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, 317KB, updated on 6 December 2016).
      • 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 guidelines for CDG project proposal (pdf, 504KB, updated on 11 December 2017).
    • Latest ACRA Search or Instant Information (≤6 months old*) of 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
    • For projects where consultants are engaged, please provide the consultants' proposal detailing the scope of work, man-day breakdown of the service, as well as the CVs and scanned copies of SPRING-recognised certification(s) of individual consultant.

      In order to have a comprehensive overview of the consultants’ expertise, track record and costs, we strongly encourage you to touch base with at least 2 to 3 consultants before deciding on one that can best meet your project needs and requirements.. 
    * 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. Revenue, Remuneration
    Job Creation Indicators e.g. Total Staff Strength
    (Read the detailed explanation of the above (pdf, 262KB)

    # 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

  • Log on to the Business Grant Portal with your CorpPass to make your application.
    NOTE: While the CDG application process has transitioned to the Business Grant Portal on 16 January 2017, submission of CDG amendments and claims remains on the SPRING Grant Portal at the moment. The transition of the CDG amendment and claim process to the Business Grant Portal will take place later. CDG applicants will be informed of this transition ahead of the effective date.

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 Business 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.

Please note that while the CDG application process has transitioned to the Business Grant Portal on 16 January 2017, submission of CDG amendments and claims remains on the SPRING Grant Portal (SGP).

From 24 March 2017, SGP logins can be done using CorpPass in addition to SingPass. You may register for a CorpPass account at the CorpPass Portal. Companies can continue to use SingPass to access the SGP until 31st December 2017.

Cash Advancement

  • If you are an existing SPRING Grant Portal user, please log on to the SPRING Grant Portal to submit the Cash Advancement request. For first-time grant applicants, please pre-register with us by filling in this form (pdf, 67KB ) and send it to the SPRING officer in charge of your project. First-time grant applicants can also download the GIRO form (pdf, 225KB ) for Cash Advancement and claims.

Claim

  • Refer to the Claim Submission Checklist (pdf, 665KB) and prepare the required documents.
    Click here (pdf, 7KB) for the Project Report template.
  • Engage an auditor from SPRING’s Pre-Qualified Panel (pdf, 16KB, updated on 26 Apr 2017) 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, or are a new user of SPRING Grant 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

The following appeal process has been put in place to ensure that all application appeals for the Capability Development Grant (CDG) are taken into consideration and addressed accordingly.
CDG Appeal Process
The entire appeal process is estimated to take 6 to 8 weeks. However, it may take longer if a presentation is required.

 

Who can appeal?

An appeal may be submitted if :

  • Your company’s application for the 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 Grant-Appeal@spring.gov.sg.

Please note that incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

 

Panel Composition

SPRING Singapore has established a Grant Appeal Advisory Panel, comprising private sector individuals, to provide additional businesses perspectives to the assessment of application appeals for the 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 industry representatives & capability area experts on the panel are :

 Panel Chairperson

Mr Sim Giok Lak, Chairman & Managing Director, Zicom Group Limited

 Panel Vice Chairpersons

Mr Chan Chong Beng, Chairman, Goodrich Global Pte Ltd

Mr Lim Chin Tong, Executive Director, Manufacturing Integration Technology Ltd

Mr Lim Lee Meng, Director, LeeMeng Capital Pte Ltd

 Industry Representatives & Capability Area Experts

 1 Mr Vincent Tan
Managing Director, Select Group Ltd

 6 Mr Tan Peng Yong
Vice President, Singapore Productivity Association

 2 Dr Antony Ng
Chief Executive Officer, D’Crypt Pte Ltd


 7 Er Edwin Khew
President, The Institution of Engineers, Singapore

 3 Mr Gerry Tan
Managing Director, Griffin Kinetic Pte Ltd
  

 8 Mr Por Khay Ti
Chief Executive Officer, Adventech (S) Pte Ltd

 4 Dr Tan Chin Tiong
Senior Advisor to the President of the Singapore Management University


 9 Associate Professor Tan Sze Wee
Executive Director, Science and Engineering Research Council, A*STAR Singapore

 5 Mr Stuart Smith
Chief of Digital Innovation & Design Practice, National University of Singapore
Institute of Systems Science

  
 10 Ms Lim Suu Kuan
Adviser, Customer Experience

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Last Updated on : 03 Jan 2018

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