Course subsidies and grants

This page contains full details about course subsidies and training grants for eligible participants. Subsidies and grants are typically provided either (i) interally through us; or (ii) externally through government or private institutions. Subsidies and grants can also be combined, where feasible, to further offset course fees. There are 3 schemes currently available.

ASEAN subsidy

Overview

The ASEAN subsidy was made available to help participants affected by the global health pandemic. The ASEAN subsidy applies to citizens and long-term residents of any of the 10 ASEAN member states and who are enrolling within the subsidy period between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020. The ASEAN subsidy can also be used together with other subsidies and grants to further offset total course fees. See below for combining multiple subsidies and grants.

Fee offset

The ASEAN subsidy will offset 39.9% of the total course fee. The fee for a 2-day course, which is typically S$980.00, will be S$588.30 after subsidy. The fee for a 1-day course, which is typically S$550.00, will be S$330.17 after subsidy.

Who can apply

You are eligible for ASEAN subsidy if you are legally resident in any of these 10 ASEAN member countries — Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam — and you are enrolling within the ASEAN subsidy period between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020, regardless of the actual course dates. This means even if you are attending a course on 10 February 2021, the subsidy will still apply so long as an application for enrolment is made for that course between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020.

How to apply

The ASEAN subsidy will be applied immediately at the point of enrolment. There is no separate application for the ASEAN subsidy. When completing any course enrolment form, participants can simply click ‘Yes’ in the subsidy section of the form. An example of how to apply the subsidy in an enrolment form is shown in the snippet below.

Apply subsidy

Total course fee (SGD)

S$980.00

Eligible participants can immediately use the ASEAN subsidy for the following courses:

Course Course fee ASEAN subsidy fee
Arts Communication [+] S$980.00 S$588.30
Authorship & Publishing [+] S$980.00 S$588.30
Branded & Corporate Storytelling [+] S$980.00 S$588.30
Copywriting [+] S$980.00 S$588.30
Digital & Content Marketing [+] S$980.00 S$588.30
Digital Marketing (Kuala Lumpur) [+] S$980.00 S$588.30
Digital Storytelling (Jakarta) [+] S$980.00 S$588.30
Social Media [+] S$550.00 S$330.17
WordPress [+] S$550.00 S$330.17

Senior re-training subsidy

Overview

The Senior re-training subsidy was made available to Singapore Citizens and long-term residents, who are 58 years and older, to access courses and programmes at a reduced fee. The Senior re-training subsidy is applicable to all courses, and may also be used together with other subsidies and grants to further offset total course fees. See below for combining multiple subsidies and grants.

Fee offset

The Senior re-training subsidy will offset 25% of the total course fee. The fee for a 2-day course, which is typically S$980.00, will be S$735.00 after subsidy. The fee for a 1-day course, which is typically S$550.00, will be S$412.50 after subsidy.

Who can apply

You are eligible for Senior re-training subsidy if you are a Singapore Citizen or long-term resident, and you are 58 years of age at the time of enrolment, regardless of the actual course dates. This means even if you are attending a course on 10 February 2021, but turned 58 on or before 9 February 2021, the subsidy will still apply.

How to apply

A separate application is not required for the Senior re-training subsidy. However, a participant will be requested for proof of residency and age. When completing any course enrolment form, participants can indicate their eligibility for subsidy in the special instructions section of the form. An example is shown in the snippet below.

Special instructions

Eligible participants can use the Senior re-training subsidy for the following courses:

Course Course fee Senior re-training subsidy fee
Arts Communication [+] S$980.00 S$735.00
Authorship & Publishing [+] S$980.00 S$735.00
Branded & Corporate Storytelling [+] S$980.00 S$735.00
Copywriting [+] S$980.00 S$735.00
Digital & Content Marketing [+] S$980.00 S$735.00
Digital Marketing (Kuala Lumpur) [+] S$980.00 S$735.00
Digital Storytelling (Jakarta) [+] S$980.00 S$735.00
Social Media [+] S$550.00 S$412.50
WordPress [+] S$550.00 S$412.50

National Arts Council grant

Overview

The National Arts Council (NAC) in Singapore is providing support for the arts and culture sector in Singapore. The Capability Development Scheme for the Arts (CDSA) covers courses that focus on the arts and arts training. This scheme is administered externally by the NAC. Visit the NAC website [+] and scroll down to the infographic, for full details and up-to-date information.

Fee offset

The NAC CDSA grant will offset up to 90% of the total course fee, subject to maximum funding limits set by the NAC. The grant may also provide an additional S$10 per hour in absentee payroll or training allowance for eligible participants.

Who can apply

You may be eligible for NAC CDSA funding if you are a citizen or permanent resident of Singapore and you are actively working in the arts sector. Further assessment will also be required in determining eligibility. The final decision to grant funding rests entirely with the NAC. Eligible courses are covered by NAC CDSA funding up to 31 March 2021. Applications for the CDSA funding itself close on 14 September 2020.

How to apply

A participant will first apply to NAC and obtain approval for funding. The decision to approve an application rests entirely with the NAC. On obtaining this approval, the participant then attends the course, completes all modules, and gains a certificate of completion from us. The participant submits this certificate, together with proof of attendance and other relevant documents, to NAC.

Eligible participants may apply to NAC for funding to attend the following courses:

Course NAC grant Funding
Arts Communication [+] Up to 90% Apply through NAC
Authorship & Publishing [+] Up to 90% Apply through NAC
Branded & Corporate Storytelling [+] Up to 90% Apply through NAC
Copywriting [+] Up to 90% Apply through NAC
Digital & Content Marketing [+] Up to 90% Apply through NAC
Social Media [+] Up to 90% Apply through NAC
WordPress [+] Up to 90% Apply through NAC

Combining multiple subsidies and grants

In most cases participants are able to combine multiple subsidies and grants to further offset their course fee. The exceptions are when government and privately-sponsored grants either prohibit or limit the amount of funding available. This may be a case when funding already exists for specific courses, or if policy clashes with another scheme. The table below lists the subsidies and grants available, and whether these may be combined to further offset the final course fee.

Subsidy or grant Offset amount Possible to combine
ASEAN subsidy 39.9% Yes
Senior re-training subsidy 25% Yes
National Arts Council grant up to 90% Yes

1. Participant wants to enrol for Introduction to Copywriting; the initial course fee is S$980.00

2. Participant is approved for the ASEAN subsidy of 39.9%; the reduced course fee is S$588.30

3. Participant is also approved for the Senior re-training subsidy of 25%, which further offsets the reduced course fee

4. Participant is fully subsidised for the total combined amount; the final course fee payable is S$441.20