Capability Development Grant


Would Capability Development Grant (CDG) replace Productivity Innovation Credit (PIC)?


Ever since Productivity Innovative Credit(PIC) scheme ended in 2017, the popularity of Capability Development Grant (CDG) started to grow. Most people perceived this as a replacement for PIC scheme. Below is a simple chart to compare the difference.

Productivity Innovative Credit started in 2011 by IRAS to encourage SMEs to innovate their business. To qualify for the scheme, business would have to invest into 6 qualifying categories. Below is a summary of the scheme.

  • 40% support
  • Used in the purchase of IT hardware/software
  • Up to 100k claim per year
  • Simple application process
  • Endinging in YA 2018

CDG Scheme is started by SPRING Singapore, the scheme encourage business to develop their core capabilities and it supports investment into 10 supportable areas.

  • Up to 70% support
  • Could be used in many areas beside IT hardware/software
  • No limit subjected to approval
  • Required Proposal
  • No plans to end (but would evolve into EDG by 4th quarter)

CDG scheme had to need large underutilized because it covers more than what most people perceive. You could refer to the chart below to understand the full potential of the scheme.


CDG description on support areas

CDG Table

Application Checklist

1. Project Proposal

For applications for grant support of $30,000 or less (i.e. total project cost of approximately $45,000 or less), applicants are required to submit their completed project questionnaire. Reply five relevant question on project questionnaire.

For applications for grant support of more than $30,000 (i.e. total project cost of more than $45,000), applicants are required to submit their completed project proposal. Required Proposal guide from SPRING

Latest ACRA Search or Instant Information (≤6 months old*) of your Corporate Shareholders if applicable.

3. Financial Statement

Latest Audited Financial Statements (≤1 year old*) of your Company and Consolidated Financial Statement of your ultimate parent company if applicable.

4. Quotation

Relevant Proof of Quotation for your project cost items.

5. Consultant proposal*

For projects where consultants are engaged, please provide the consultants’ proposal detailing the scope of work, man-day breakdown of the service, as well as the CVs and scanned copies of SPRING-recognised certification(s) of individual consultant.

*there is a lot of confusion concern consultant proposal please approach SME Centre for clarification.

6. CDG would be upgraded to EDG (4th quarter 2018)

According to MTI report on 1st of March 2018, the scheme would be upgraded to EDG by the 4th quarter of 2018. You could view the report from this link

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