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CDG-EQS grant support for SMEs to achieve bizSAFE Level STAR The Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC) has been appointed as SPRING Singapore’s partner to drive the adoption of Occupational Health and Safety related standards. With effect from 1st October 2015, companies applying for SPRING’s Capability Development Grant - Enhancing Quality & Standards for SS 506 or OHSAS 18001: Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standards to attain bizSAFE Level STAR Explore CDG Development Areas
» The grant will defray up to 70% of the cost of completing this project, capped at $6000.
» Applicant must complete this project within 12 months from date of Letter of Offer issued by WSHC.
SMEs* that are not on bizSAFE programmes are eligible to apply for CDG-EQS to attain bizSAFE Level STAR. Application forms can be downloaded from www.wshc.sg/bizsafe. Application Flow chart
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Eligibility Criteria for SMEs
» Registered and based in Singapore
» At least 30% shareholding that is local and one of the following A group employment size of not more than 200 employees (including part timers); OR A group annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million.

Step 1 : Application Process
» Download the following forms from www.wshc.sg/bizsafe Application Form (in Microsoft Excel format) Claim Form 1a and 1b (in Microsoft Excel format) GIRO Form Pre-Qualified Panel of Auditors Final Report Guide
» Get a quotation from a consultant for Consultancy services. Quotation must include and specify the following items bizSAFE Level 1 workshop Consultancy services for audit and certification preparation
» Get a quotation from another consultant for Auditing and Certification services. * Note: these two quotations MUST be from different consultants. Quotation must include and specify the following items: bizSAFE Level 3 Risk Management Audit Report SS506/OHSAS18001 auditing and certification from an SAC-Accredited Certification Body
» Fill in both quotation details in Application Form. Ensure accuracy of all details.
» Applicants are advised not to commence the project before receiving the Letter of Offer from the Workplace Safety and Health Council.

Step 2 : Letter of Offer (LOF)
» After evaluation by the Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSHC), a Letter of Offer will be emailed to the successful Applicant Company.
» The Letter of Offer will contain details of grant amount.
» Applicant is to acknowledge and send back within fourteen (14) days to WSHC (via email and hardcopy) the Acceptance Letter found on page 6 of the Letter of Offer. Failure to do so indicates rejection of grant.
» Applicant will have 12 months from the date of the Letter of Offer to complete the project.

Step 3 : Claim Submission Process
» Upon completion of the project, Applicant must submit (within six months of project completion) the following to WSHC (via email and hardcopy) to claim the approved grant amount Forms 1a (in Microsoft Excel format) Forms 1b (in Microsoft Excel format) Project Report (found in Annex 5 of the Letter of Offer), printed in the company’s letterhead bizSAFE Level 3 certificate (issued by WSHC) SS506 certificate/OHSAS18001 certificate (from SAC-accredited WSH Auditors) bizSAFE Level STAR certificate (issued by WSHC), OR evidence of bizSAFE Level STAR application
Project Completion Deliverables
» Upon completion of the project, Applicant must submit (within six months of project completion) the following to WSHC (via email and hardcopy) to claim the approved grant amount bizSAFE Level 1 certificate of attendance bizSAFE Level 3 Risk Management Implementation Audit Report conducted by MOM-Approved WSH Auditor SS506 or OHSAS 18001 equivalent certificate issued by a third-party certification body accredited by the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC)
Grant Disbursement Process
» Applicant must conduct an independent finance audit prior to grant disbursement by SPRING’s pre-qualified panel of auditors. The finance audit will cover the claims receipts against grant amount as detailed in the Letter of Offer. The awarded grant will include an additional $1,000 to offset the finance audit cost. Applicant must appoint one of the pre-qualified panel of auditors. Other finance auditors will not be accepted.
» The grant will be disbursed by SPRING Singapore upon each applicant’s successful completion of the project deliverables.
Capability Development Grant (CDG) at a Glance The grant defrays up to 70 percent* of qualifying project costs such as consultancy, training, certification and equipment costs. You can take on large scale upgrading projects in areas like increasing productivity, process improvement, product development and market access.
* SPRING's enhanced funding support of up to 70% would be effective for three years until 31 March 2018.
Explore CDG Development Areas 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.
Application Process

Step 1 : Pre-application
» Check that you are eligible to apply for CDG and identify the supportable area relevant to your project. Have you already considered the Innovation & Capability Voucher? Contact EnterpriseOne to find out which programme better suits your business needs.
» Ensure that your project has not commenced Late application will not be supported.
» Prepare the following documents for submission with your application. Latest ACRA Search or Instant Information (≤ 6 months old*) of your Company and 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. Project Proposal (Read the guide (81KB)) Relevant Proof of Quotation for your project cost items * 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 Job Creation (Read the detailed explanation of the above (529KB) * Figures should be representative of the applicant company (not the consolidated group of corporate shareholder)

Step 2 : Application
» Read the SPRING Grant Portal Access Rights Guide (121KB) to understand who in your company can access and submit the application.
» Log on to the SPRING Grant Portal to submit your online application. This should take about 20 minutes with complete information on hand. Click here (2.1MB) for the SPRING Grant Portal Step-by-step Guide.
If you have have an existing project in progress, please pre-register with us by filling in this form (67KB) and send it to the SPRING officer in charge of your project. Companies that are submitting a new application for the first time will not need to pre-register.

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 SPRING 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.

Innovation & Capability Voucher at a Glance
The Innovation & Capability Voucher (ICV) is a simple to apply, easy-to-use voucher valued at $5,000, to encourage SMEs to take their first step towards capability development. SMEs can use the voucher to upgrade and strengthen their core business operations through consultancy in the areas of innovation, productivity, human resources and financial management. Apart from consultancy, ICV also supports SMEs in the adoption and implementation of simple solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. SMEs can use the ICV to implement productivity solutions under the supportable cost categories of (i) equipment & hardware, (ii) technical solutions & training, (iii) design & renovation. Each SME is entitled to a maximum of eight vouchers. Each ICV project must be completed before the submission of a new application. The duration for each project should not exceed six months. Eligibility All local SMEs can apply for ICV if they meet the following criteria:
» Registered and operating in Singapore
» Have a minimum of 30% local shareholding
» Have group annual turnover of not more than $100 million OR group employment size of not more than 200 employees

Consultancy Projects
For consultancy projects, each voucher worth $5,000 may be redeemed for services from the participating service providers. An SME may apply for a maximum of two vouchers per capability area for supported services. SMEs which wish to further upgrade their capabilities in any of the areas may tap on the Consultancy - Productivity
1.   Quality Management - ISO 9001 2.   Quality Management - ISO 14001 3.   Quality Manamgement - OHSAS 18001 4.   Quality Management - HACCP (SS590) 5.   Quality Management - HALAL Whole Plant 6.   SME Management Action for Results - SMART 7.   Productivity Management - Productivity Diagnosis & Measurement 8.   Productivity Management - Productivity Improvement Projects 9.   Service Excellence - Service Diagnosis 10.   Service Excellence - Mystery Audits 11.   Service Excellence - Service Improvement 12.   Energy Efficiency Audit
How to apply? Step 1 : Review the full list of supported services and the project scope (537KB). Step 2 : Once you have selected a service, contact one of the participating service providers to discuss the project. The service provider must agree to undertake the project before you can submit your application online. Step 3 : Apply via the ICV Online Portal (Best viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x, 8.x and 9.x). All applications will be processed within 6 weeks upon submission of all required documentations and successful applicants will be notified via email. Step 4 : Upon project completion, both the SME applicant and service provider must endorse the project report before submission to SPRING. How to apply? Step 1 : Apply online via the ICV Online Portal (Best viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x, 8.x and 9.x). For each of the solutions or items to be purchased under the supportable cost categories, SMEs are required to describe in their online application how they are able to achieve at least one of the following outcomes :
» increase in sales through innovation, and
» Improvement of productivity.
All applications will be processed within 6 weeks upon submission of all required documentations Documents required for all Productivity Solutions Applications
» ACRA Business Profile dated within 6 months from the date of ICV application,
» Quotation of the listed solution(s) with detailed breakdown of each item and
» Depending on the supportable cost categories of the solutions, more information will be required accordingly, as follows:
Supportable Cost Categories •   Equipment & Hardware •   Technical Solutions & Training
Required Information/ Documentation during Application a.   Item/Service for purchase b.   Quantity of each item/service c.   Total cost d.   Name of service provider e.   Training Schedule(s), Name of Trainer(s) and Name of Trainee(s) f.   Expected outcome(s)
•   Design & Renovation
a.   Item/Service for purchase b.   Quantity of each item/service c.   Total cost d.   Name of service provider e.   Expected outcome(s) f.   Photograph of pre-renovation premises
Step 2 : Once the application is approved, an email notification will be sent to the primary contact email address. The SME may proceed to purchase the approved item(s)/ solution(s) as indicated in the application outcome. Note: As each solution/ item submitted in the list is subject to approval, please login to the ICV Online Portal to view the list of approved solution(s)/ item(s) prior to purchase.
Step 3 :
Submit claims online via the ICV Online Portal. Documents/ Information required for all Productivity Solutions Claims The following information/ documentation for the respective supportable cost categories are required during submission:
Supportable Cost Categories •   Equipment & Hardware •   Technical Solutions & Training
Required Information/ Documentation during Claims Submission a.   Item/Service for purchase b.   Quantity of each item/service c.   Total cost d.   Name of service provider e.   Scanned copy of receipt with date & receipt number f.   Product ID (if applicable) g.   Expected outcome(s) h.   Any changes to earlier information submitted during application i.   Related to website: URL for completed website j.   Related to software/ mobile apps/ systems: Screenshots of completed software/ mobile apps/ systems k.   Training related to deployment of technical solutions: Training Certificate/ Attendance List (where applicable)
•   Design & Renovation
a.   Item/Service for purchase b.   Quantity of each item/service c.   Total cost d.   Name of service provider e.   Scanned copy of receipt with date & receipt number f.   Product ID (if applicable) g.   Expected outcome(s) h.   Picture(s) of renovated area(s) - before and after i.   Any changes to earlier information submitted during application
For first-time claim under Productivity Solutions: After the online claim submission is completed, the SME is required to mail the original hardcopy GIRO form to SPRING, which is duly signed by the authorized personnel from the SME and endorsed by the bank. Reimbursement will only be made to a corporate bank account under the applicant company's name. Please mail the original hardcopy of the GIRO form to the address below : SPRING Singapore, Financing & Incentive Schemes Mailbox, Level 14, 1 Fusionopolis Walk, South Tower, Solaris, Singapore 138628 Attn : Registry - ICV Claims Giro Form ICV Application ID
Step 4 :
The evaluation of claims and disbursement will be processed in 6 weeks upon submission of all required documentations, including a valid GIRO form. The funds will be reimbursed to your company via GIRO to your designated corporate bank account. Claims must be submitted to SPRING via the ICV online portal within 6 months from the date of the approval of application, strictly no extension. All claims must be accompanied with a copy of payment receipt and/or other supporting documents to verify payment and delivery of equipment/service. Tax invoice is not sufficient as proof of payment. Any incomplete claim submission and/or invalid GIRO form will result in a delay in the claim disbursement. Claims will only be processed upon submission of all required documents.