COVID-19 Support Grant to be Extended with New Eligibility Criteria

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The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) announced on 22 September that the COVID-19 Support Grant (CSG) will be extended to end December, with new eligibility criteria for new applicants. 

From 1 October onwards, individuals who apply for the CSG should not own more than one property on top of the existing criteria. Additionally, they must also demonstrate that they are currently searching for a job, or undergoing training. 

Recap: What is the COVID-19 Support Grant? 

Launched in May this year, the CSG aims to provide financial support to Singaporeans and permanent residents who have lost their jobs, placed on involuntary no-pay leave or sustained significant salary loss as a result of the pandemic. Applications were initially due to close after 30 September. 

Currently, applicants of the grant need to be a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident aged 16 and above, living in a property with an annual value of not more than $21,000, and a per capita income of not more than $3,100.

The grant provides applicants with up to $800 a month for three months. As of 22 September, more than $90 million has been disbursed to over 60,000 applicants under the grant. 

When will the new criteria take effect? 

According to the statement from MSF, individuals who meet the current criteria may continue to apply for the grant until 6 p.m. on 30 September. The revised eligibility criteria will take effect from 9 a.m. on 1 October. 

Those who have already received the full CSG grant, or are in the final month of assistance, may apply for an additional three months of support from 1 October. 

Individuals may apply for the CSG grant on the MSF website here

 

 

 

 

 

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