Applications for Singapore's extended COVID-19 Support Grant (CSG) will open from 1 October 2020, with a set of revised eligibility criteria in place.
First-time applicants who meet the current eligibility criteria may continue to apply for the Grant until 6pm on 30 September, the Ministry of Social and Family Development said on Tuesday (22 September).
How to apply for the CSG
Applications for the CSG can be made online on the CSG portal, with the revised eligibility criteria taking effect from 9am on 1 October.
CSG beneficiaries who have received the full grant or are in the final month of their assistance may apply for an additional three months of CSG support starting that day.
Applicants will be required to upload supporting documents that reflect their current employment situation (e.g. letter from their company to show loss of job or being placed on involuntary no-pay leave), and their previous and current salaries (e.g. payslips to show at least 30% loss of monthly salary after 23 January 2020).
Applicants who have lost their jobs and are currently unemployed will be required to submit supporting documents to demonstrate their job search or training efforts.
- Depending on the situation, relevant documents required include:
- Record of job and training applications
- Record showing application for/enrolment in course(s) supported by SkillsFuture Singapore
- Letters/emails/screenshots of application for job, or scheduled/attended interviews
- Self-declaration of job search efforts
More information on the required supporting documents can be found in the annexes below.
Revised set of eligibility criteria
From 1 October, applicants will need to meet the following eligibility criteria, in addition to the current criteria, to apply for the CSG:
1. Job search or training requirement for unemployed CSG applicants
The Government's SGUnited Jobs & Skills Package helps workers affected by the economic impact of COVID-19 acquire job-related skills and capabilities and access expanded employment opportunities.
In line with these efforts, all CSG applicants (whether first- or second-time applicants) who are unemployed must demonstrate job search or training efforts to qualify for CSG support.
2. Property ownership criterion
To ensure that CSG support is given to those with less means, CSG applicants should not own more than one property.
3. (For unemployed applicants only) Demonstrates job search or training efforts
View the full set of revised eligibility criteria here.
Access the full eligibility criteria for the grant, application scenarios, and more information on the supporting document required, in the relevant annexes here.
On 18 August 2020, Deputy Prime Minister, Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat announced the extension of the COVID-19 Support Grant til 31 September, in efforts to support Singapore Citizen and Permanent Resident employees who have lost their jobs, were placed on involuntary No-Pay Leave (NPL) or sustained significant salary loss.
The CSG provides support of up to S$800 per month for three months to eligible employees.
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