As part of its efforts to help lessen the effects of COVID-19, Singapore launched a grant that would help Singaporeans and permanent residents who lost their jobs or suffered significant income losses. It has recently been announced that said grant will be extended to the end of 2020, but with a revised eligibility criteria.

From 1 October, those applying for the COVID-19 Support Grant (CSG) should also not own more than one property. The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said that this was to ensure that the support that is being given out goes to those with less means.

The MSF also added that those who are unemployed and are applying for the CSG must also demonstrate job search or training efforts to qualify for the help.

The ministry said the Government’s SGUnited Jobs and Skills Package helps workers affected by the economic impact of the pandemic acquire job-related skills and capabilities and access expanded employment opportunities.

“In line with these efforts, all CSG applicants, whether first- or second-time applicants, who are unemployed must demonstrate job search or training efforts to qualify for CSG support,” said the MSF.

The CSG, which offers up toS$800 per month for three months, is aimed at supporting Singaporeans and permanent residents or part-time employees who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Those who were also placed on involuntary no-pay leave or sustained significant salary loss also qualified for the aid grant.

Starting in May, the CSG was intended to end by 30 September 2020 However, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat announced that the grant would be extended until 31 December. At that point, more than $90 million had been disbursed to over 60,000 residents under the CSG.

Eligible individuals who have yet to apply for the CSG can still do so under the current eligibility criteria until 30 September. Following this, 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 can apply online at this website.

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