MAS-SFA-AMTD

FINTECH SOLIDARITY GRANT

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Introduction

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Singapore FinTech Association (SFA) and AMTD Foundation (AMTD) have established a S$6 million MAS-SFA-AMTD FinTech Solidarity Grant to support Singapore-based FinTech companies amid the challenging business climate caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Grant will help the FinTechs manage their cashflow better, support them in generating new businesses, and provide greater support for FinTechs to pursue growth strategies.

SFA is the grant administrator and will review and assess the applications.

Eligibility Requirements

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• Be registered and in operation in Singapore for at least 3 months before grant application

• Have at least 2 or more core activities in Singapore

• Be an SFA member with a valid SFA Fintech Certification

• Only 1 application is allowed per company or Group of related companies

Grants & Funding Level

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BUSINESS SUSTENANCE GRANT (BSG)

To help SG Fintech tide through this COVID-19 period & save jobs

BUSINESS SUSTENANCE GRANT (BSG)

To help SG Fintech tide through this COVID-19 period & save jobs

Wage Support

Up to S$2,000 per month, per local staff (incl. local founders & directors) & S$1,000/month per local intern for up to 6 months

Rental Support

S$4,000 for up to 6 months for office space in Singapore locations

Overall BSG Cap of up to S$20,000 Per FinTech

BSG Application Closing Date: 7th June 2020

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BUSINESS GROWTH GRANT (BGG)

To foster the continued growth of Singapore-based FinTech companies and help the companies offset their POC costs.

FinTechs must register and complete their profile on APIX, as well as carry out their POCs with any ASEAN based Financial Institution on APIX to be eligible for this grant

1st Application: 70% of qualifying expenses, capped at S$40,000

2nd to 5th Application: 70% of qualifying expenses, capped at S$10,000 per application

 

Qualifying Expenses Includes*

Professional Service related to the POC (incl. consultancy, cybersecurity testing, IT audit, training, change management)

Wage Support Incl. salaries of staff (Including Foreign Nationals) involved in the development and implementation of the project (excluding employer CPF and bonuses)

Hardware & Software Incl. licences, maintenance and subscription costs, related to the project

100% of Internship Funding for Salaries of Singaporean/PR Undergraduate Interns

(capped at S$1,000/month per intern)

 

Overall internship salary cap of S$20,000 for FinTechs with more than 30 staff

or

Overall internship salary cap of S$10,000 for FinTechs with 30 staff or less

Overall BGG Cap of up to S$100,000 Per FinTech

BGG Application Closing Date: 31st December 2021

Grant KPIs and Governance

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KPI Requirements

12 months after disbursement of grant:

• Remain registered and operating in Singapore

• No reduction in headcount at the end of the project period, but if necessary and inevitable, not more than 20% headcount reduction (Excluding Interns)

• SFA member with a valid SFA Fintech Certification throughout the period

Additional KPI for Business Growth Grant: POC must be successfully completed on the APIX platform and receive a certificate of completion from APIX

Governance

Utilisation and KPI Report

Applicant to submit their utilisation report to SFA, including supporting documents for proof of payment (e.g. invoices, pay slips to interns) and to show that project KPIs have been met, at the end of the funding period. Un-utilised grant amounts on the qualifying expenses categories and internship salaries will be clawed back by SFA. Applicants that do not meet KPI would have their grant clawed back

Audit

Random audits would be conducted by SFA or their appointed external auditor on applicants' use of the grant. If the audit report indicates misuse of Grants or fraudulent activities, the full grant amount will be clawed back and reported to the authorities

Duplicate Funding

No duplicate funding between the MAS-SFA-AMTD FinTech Solidarity Grant programme and other Government Grants. A company cannot claim for the same expenses in both grants

SFA will take all legal actions to clawback the full grant amount from the Company, in any cases of misuse, fradulent or un-utilised grant amounts

Documents Required for Submission

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1. Completed Grant Application Form

2. Minimum 3 months bank statements of ALL bank accounts operated by the applicant. **Preferably 12 months Bank Statements

3. Financial Statements (Balance Sheet, Profit/Loss) for at least the last Financial Year to be provided. **Preferably Audited Accounts

4. ACRA Business Profile for applicant company and corporate shareholder (if applicable), dated within last 3 months.

5. For Wage Support:

a) Payroll Listing for Full-time Staff and Intern (From February to April 2020)

b) CPF Employer Submission (From February to April 2020) (View Sample)

6. For Rental Support: 

a) Rent Invoices (From February to April 2020) 

b) Lease Contract 

7. For Hardware & Software, Professional Services, and Other Expenses:

Submit invoices or vendor contracts for qualifying costs (Dated from 1 Feb 2020 onwards)

8. For Business Growth Grant:

100% profile completion on the APIX platform (View Sample)

Supporting Documents for POC with FI (e.g. POC Agreement with FI)

SFA may contact your company for additional supporting documents if we find your application lacking in details

Application Process

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Step 1

Download the Grant Application Form* (Form Linked below), and ensure you fill out all required details

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Step 2

Submit the completed Form and all supporting Documents through the Button at the bottom of this webpage. Ensure all fields are filled

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Step 3

SFA will review your application, including all required Documents. If more information is required, you will be contacted directly

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Step 4

Successful applicants will receive further instructions from SFA

*You may need a printer and scanner to sign the Form, if you cannot do so digitally
If you have not downloaded and filled out all required forms, please do so before Submitting
For further enquires on the MAS-SFA-AMTD FinTech Solidarity Grant, please email [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

SFA FinTech Certification

Where can I apply for the SFA Fintech Certificate?

You can apply for the Fintech Certification here: https://singaporefintech.org/fintech-certification/

It says that to qualify for the grant, I will need to have a valid SFA Fintech Certification at the time of application and maintain its validity throughout the grant period of 12 months from date of disbursement of the Grant. However, my SFA Fintech Certification has less than 12 months of validity. Can SFA extend my Fintech Certification before I apply?

For SFA members, your FinTech Certification will be renewed together with your SFA membership if you meet all the renewal criteria.

For non SFA-members, you are unfortunately not eligible for this grant.

My application for the SFA Fintech certification has not been approved. Can I submit my application for the grant concurrently?

No. You will need to provide us with your SFA Fintech Certificate number for this grant application.

Grant Application

What is considered a core activity?

A core activity is an activity that is usually considered as required for the running of business e.g. Finance, Human Resources, Sales etc.

For e.g. your company should not just have a sales team in Singapore while other teams e.g. Finance and Human Resources located in other countries.

Can I apply for both the Business Sustenance Grant and Business Growth Grant at the same time?

Yes, you can. Please indicate the grant/s that you are applying for in the application form.

However, the company cannot claim for Wage Support for the same staff under both grants.

How many times can I apply for the Business Sustenance Grant and Business Growth Grant?

You may only apply for the Business Sustenance Grant once.

For Business Growth Grant, you may apply up to 5 times during the application period. However, you can not claim for the same expenses for more than once and you will need to indicate the number of applications submitted for the Business Growth Grant.

Why do I need to provide so many documentations for my application?

SFA understands the difficulties faced by the companies in the industry during this period of time, and the documentations are required for SFA to prioritise and ensure that support is extended to the companies which most need it.

Fund Disbursement

How do I know if an expense qualifies under the grant?

Please submit all relevant invoices and contracts with vendors for SFA to review. SFA reserves the rights to decide if the expense qualifies under the grant.

Post-Disbursement (KPI & Governance)

What do I need to submit to SFA at the end of 12 months, to show that the we have achieved the KPI?

You are required to submit the utilization report to SFA with supporting documents, to show that the project KPIs have been met.

What happens if my company does not achieve the KPIs?

SFA would review on a case-by-case basis at the end of the funding period. Depending on the outcome of the review, the grant disbursed could be rescinded.

Why am I subjected to random audit?

SFA, being the administrator for the grant, is accountable to the sponsors. Random audits would be conducted to ensure there is no misuse of grant or fraudulent activities involved. Full grant amount will be rescinded and relevant authorities would be notified if there is misuse of grant or fraudulent activities involved.

My POC with a FI has been delayed, can I ask for an extension?

SFA would review on a case-by-case basis. Do reach out to SFA immediately once it is known that the POC would be extended beyond the 12 months period.

For further enquires on the MAS-SFA-AMTD FinTech Solidarity Grant, please email [email protected]