1. When is CDG ending?
    All applications for CDG Grant must be submitted before the official deadline: 24th October 2018, 6pm.
  2. What is CDG?
    CDG is the abbreviation for Capability Development Grant; it is also known as CDG Grant.
  3. What is it about?
    The purpose of the grant is to help develop a company’s capability within 10 identified key areas as identified by Enterprise Singapore. Projects, training, performance audits etc. are examples of activities that the grant can support through funding.
  4. What are the 10 supportable areas?
    The areas that the grant supports are the following:

    1. Branding & Marketing
    2. Business Model Transformation
    3. Enhancing Business Processes for Productivity
    4. Human Capital Development
    5. Product Development
    6. Business Excellence
    7. Service Excellence
    8. Intellectual Property
    9. Financial Management
    10. Standards Adoption
      If your business can benefit from enhancing capabilities in these areas and your company is eligible then speak with a certified consultant to help you apply quickly.
  5. How much grant can I get?
    Eligible Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) can get up to 70% grant on qualifying costs.
  6. What is the maximum amount I can apply?
    Technically, there is no cap. However, the amount is directly correlated to your annual turnover, where less than 70% of the project cost is approved.
  7. Is there a guideline on the figure? How can I estimate how much grant can be approved?
    For smaller CDG projects which follows a simplified process, the amount should be less than S$40,000. Your chosen consultant on the project should be able to help.
  8. What are the criteria?
    You must be an SME that meets these criteria:
    • Registered and operating in Singapore
    • Local shareholding of at least 30%
    • Company’s annual sales revenue of S$100 million or less, or group employment no more than 200 staff
  9. Can startups apply?
    In general, startups are not eligible for CDG, which requires at least past 3 years of financial statements.
  10. What if I am a one-man show?
    If you are a sole proprietor or with less than 3 employees, the chances are reduced when applying for a grant. Consideration is given to companies with plans to expand and hire more staff.
  11. What documents should I get ready?
    Prepare the following documents:
    For projects under 45k
    • Latest ACRA or Bizfile records
    • Latest year of financial statements with one year
    • Project proposal
    • Corppass
    • Proof of Quotation on relevant project cost items
    For projects over 45k:
    • Additional business plan prepared by the company will be required
    • Projection of the remuneration, staff strength and revenue over the next 3 years based on last year financial statement
  12. Who can guide me through the process?
    Talk to an advisor at one of the SME Centres or get a certified consultant. Click here to talk a certified consultant.
  13. What is the usual process in applying for a CDG Grant?
    • Discuss project with certified consultant or advisor at SME Centre.
    • Consulting firm and vendors will provide a project proposal outlining the scope of work.
    • Designated EDG application can use the proposal to apply online at Business Grants Portal.
    • Companies may be interviewed by ESG prior to project approval.
    • Await award notification through the portal with exact grant amount.
    • Approve letter of offer and notify project partners.
  14. What are the common mistakes to avoid?
    • Including activities not supported under CDG.
    • Consultants who are not certified to handle projects.
    • Incomplete breakdown of costs.
    • Exclusion of productivity outcomes or tangible benefits.
    • Too narrow project scope
  15. Who approves the CDG grant?
    Enterprise Singapore (formerly known as SPRING Singapore) will assess the application, determine the feasibility and impact of the project and gives the final approval.
  16. How long will it take?
    It takes about 20 days and up to a month. Clarity of proposal and application can speed up the approval process.
  17. How do I know if I get the CDG grant?
    You will receive a letter of offer which you must accept within a time frame within the business grant portal.
  18. What if I failed to get the CDG grant?
    You can appeal by emailing to Enterprise Singapore.
  19. What about PIC?
    PIC (Productivity and Innovation Credit) is no longer offered as of 2018 and there is no replacement for that programme.
  20. What other grants can SMEs apply for?
    You can also apply for Productivity Solutions Grant which provides easy access to pre-scoped IT solutions. You can check with www.smeportal.sg for the current list of grants currently available for SMEs.
  21. How can I increase chances of approval?
    Your company can work with experienced consultants to ensure that your application has all correct relevant information. Activities that are vague or appear to non-relevant to the project may cause delays on project approval and may require more information from vendors before the project can be approved.
  22. Can I apply for more than 1 project?
    Yes, you may apply for multiple projects, however, one project must be complete before subsequent projects may start.