Sunday, 20 Jun 2021

Applications for Covid-19 Recovery Grant (Temporary) to begin June 3

SINGAPORE – Applications for the Covid-19 Recovery Grant – Temporary (CRG-T) will begin on Thursday (June 3) and end a month later on July 2.

The grant, first announced on Friday (May 28), is meant to assist lower- to middle-income workers who have been financially impacted by the latest Covid-19 restrictions.

Eligible workers who have been placed on involuntary no-pay leave for at least a month from May 16 to June 30, or who have suffered an income loss of at least 50 per cent for at least a month over the same period, may apply for the CRG-T.

Those eligible will receive a one-off payout of up to $700.

CRG-T is a supplement to the existing Covid-19 Recovery Grant (CRG), which was launched on Jan 18 to support lower- to middle-income workers and self-employed people affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said at a press conference on Friday.

In a statement on Monday (May 31), the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said that the eligibility criteria for the CRG-T are similar to those of the CRG, with two key differences.

First, CRG-T applicants must have income loss of at least 50 per cent for one month or be placed on involuntary no-pay leave for at least a month between May 16 and June 30, instead of an average income loss of at least 50 per cent or involuntary no-pay leave for at least three consecutive months for CRG applicants.

Second, CRG-T applicants do not have to show proof of job search or training, unlike CRG applicants.

MSF said that individuals cannot receive both the CRG and CRG-T concurrently, as CRG-T is meant for those who are not receiving support in June 2021.

Likewise, individuals who are currently receiving support from other Covid-19 support schemes such as the Covid- 19 Driver Relief Fund are not eligible for the CRG-T.

Under CRG-T, employees who are placed on involuntary no-pay leave for at least one month will receive a one-off payout of up to $700.

Meanwhile, employees who are facing salary loss of at least 50 per cent for at least one month and self-employed persons facing net trade income loss of at least 50 per cent for at least one month – compared with their average monthly net trade income in 2019 or 2020 – will received up to $500.

More details are available at go.gov.sg/CRGT

The CRG-T application portal will open from 9am on Thursday and close at 11.59pm on July 2.

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