SMEs are critical to Singapore’s future, and a central focus of our industry transformation efforts the Government is resolute in our support, through broad-based and targeted programs, to help our SME’s Transform Successfully.
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.
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.
Refer to the Claim Submission Checklist (, 665KB) and prepare the required documents.
Click here (, 7KB) for the Project Report template.
Engage an auditor from SPRING’s Pre-Qualified Panel (, 16KB, updated on 26 Apr 2017) to verify your claim submission, unless expressly exempted by SPRING.
Contact the Pre-Qualified Panel of Auditors for a quotation
Appoint an auditor of your choice
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 (, 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 (, 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.
A site visit or presentation meeting may be arranged for this purpose.
You may be asked to revise your Project Report if the 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.
You will be notified through an email notification upon approval of the grant disbursement.
An email notification will also be sent out by DBS to the email address stated in the GIRO form to confirm the transaction.
For more details: firstname.lastname@example.org