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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.

Grant Objectives: To provide support for FinTech projects / proof-of-concepts (“POCs”) on the APIX Platform, and subsequent commercialisation of successful projects / POCs.

Eligibility Requirements

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  • Be registered and in operation in Singapore for at least 3 months before the date of grant application.
  • Have at least 2 or more core activities in Singapore (e.g not just a sales representative office).
  • Be an SFA member with a valid SFA Fintech Certification.
  • FinTechs must register and complete their profile on APIX, as well as carry out their POCs with any Financial Institution or Technology company on APIX to be eligible for this grant.
  • Only 1 application per POC is allowed per company or Group of related companies. For the purposes of this grant, a parent company and its subsidiaries shall be considered a single FinTech firm.
  • Each Company or Group of related companies is allowed to submit up to 3 BGG applications for 3 different POCs.
  • Applicants must use the SFA Jobs Portal to advertise the internship opportunities, but are free to use other advertising channels as well.
  • All Qualifying expenses for the application must be related to the POC on APIX.

Qualifying Projects

Projects must showcase:

  • Testing/integration of APIs on APIX platform; and
  • FinTech firm’s collaboration with any Financial Institution or a Technology Company (not necessarily from Singapore) on the APIX sandbox.
  • Completed projects/POCs applying for commercialisation support must showcase:
    • Deployment of POC into production environment and scaling up of solution. Production environment refers to the set up where the POC is released and pushed live to its intended users to experience and interact with it.
  • Duration of qualifying project: Maximum of 1 year.

Grants & Funding Level

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BUSINESS GROWTH GRANT EXTENSION (BGGE)

To provide support for FinTech projects / proof-of-concepts (POCs) on the APIX Platform, and subsequent commercialisation of successful projects / POCS.

FinTechs must register and complete their profile on APIX and ChekFIN account, as well as carry out their POCs with any Financial Institution or Technology Company on APIX to be eligible for this grant.

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

Subsequent applications (maximum of 2 subsequent applications in total, and firms can only apply for commercialisation support once for each successfully completed POC on APIX)

2nd to 3rd Application: 70% of qualifying expenses, capped at S$25,000 and S$15,000 for the 1st and 2nd subsequent applications respective per FinTech firm per application

The grant is on a reimbursement basis (proof of payment must be submitted)

Qualifying Expenses Includes*

Professional Service

Related to the POC (including consultancy, cybersecurity testing, IT audit, training, change management)

Wage Support

Including salaries of staff (including Foreign Nationals) and Singaporean/PR undergraduate interns involved in the development and implementation of the project (excluding employer CPF and bonuses)

Hardware & Software

Including licences, maintenance and subscription costs, related to the project

70% 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

Total cap per Fintech firm (excluding the funding for internship) is S$80,000.

BGG Application Closing Date: 28th February 2023

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
  • 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. 

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 with all the necessary supporting documents*
  2. Screenshot of 100% APIX Profile Completion
  3. Screenshot of IDE on APIX
  4. Screenshot of a registered ChekFIN Account
  5. Signed POC agreement or email thread confirmation with Financial Institution (FI) or Technology Company stating the project title, dates [start & end] and scope of work. If you are developing multiple POCs with the same Financial Institution (FI) or Technology Company, you are required to submit either 1 signed MOU/Agreement for each POC, or have 1 Master signed MOU/agreement which states the different POCs in the collaboration.
  6. Project Progress Report to show proof of project completion and pushed live to its intended users to experience and interact with it.
  7. ACRA Business Profile for applicant company and corporate shareholder (if applicable), dated within last 3 months.
  8. For Wage Support:
    • Payroll Listing for Full-time Staff and Intern (Last 3 Months) – Mandatory if you are claiming for Wage Support
    • Latest copy IRAS Notice of Assessment of the Full Time Staff claiming for Wage Support - Mandatory for non-Singapore Citizen/PR and for Singapore Citizen/PR claiming more than SGD 6000 per month.
    • CPF Employer Submission (Last 3 Months) – Mandatory for Singapore Citizen/PR claiming up to SGD 6000 per month.
    • Student Card – Mandatory if you are claiming for Wage Support for Intern
  9. For Hardware & Software, Professional Services, and Other Expenses:
    • Invoices/signed Vendor Contracts for qualifying expenses
    • Documents to show the actual payment has been made (e.g. bank statements, receipt)

* If the necessary documents are not submitted, the processing of your application may be delayed, or your application may be refused.

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

Application Process

Step 1

Download the infographic and the ChekFin Brochure before you fill up the Grant Application Form* (Form Linked below), and ensure you fill out all the required details. The grant is on a reimbursement basis (proof of payment must be submitted in order for the grant to be approved and disbursed).

Step 2

Submit the completed Google Form and all supporting Documents through the Google Form Submit Button and ensure all required fields are filled. If you encountered error 502, please press F5 to refresh your page and re-submit again. If the error message persist, please contact the SFA grant team immediately via the email address below.

Step 3

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

Step 4

Successful applicants will receive further instructions from SFA.

1. For Completed POC

For project that has been completed, please submit the proof of payment. The grant is on a reimbursement basis (proof of payment must be submitted in order for the grant to be approved and disbursed).

Alternatively, you may scan the QR quote below:

QR Code for (Completed Project) MAS-SFA-AMTD FINTECH SOLIDARITY GRANT EXTENSION 2022

2. For Non-Completed POC

Submit signed agreement or invoices/quotation if your project has Not been completed and click on this link for the application form.

Alternatively, you may scan the QR quote below:

QR Code for (Non-Completed Project) MAS-SFA-AMTD FINTECH SOLIDARITY GRANT EXTENSION 2022

Please note that incomplete forms or applications not accompanied with required documents will delay processing.

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 and at the end of the project period However, my SFA FinTech Certification has less than 12 months of validity. Can SFA extend my FinTech Certification before I apply?

You will have to renew your FinTech Certificate and SFA membership.

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

No, you are unfortunately not eligible for this grant. as the application submission form will require your FinTech Certificate number, you are required to have received the Fintech Certificate first.

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.

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

For the Business Growth Grant, you may apply up to 3 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, signed contracts with vendors and proof of payment for SFA to review. SFA reserves the rights to decide if the expense qualifies under the grant and reject the application should all the necessary documents are not submitted.

Post-Disbursement (KPI & Governance)

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

You are required to submit the 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.

What is ChekFIN?

Created in collaboration with Temasek-founded Affinidi, chekFIN is a modern and secure platform that is supported by a global database of FinTech firms and built using the latest generation of Internet Web 3.0 services which will provide a decentralised, open standard, and trust-based solution.

Find out more and how to register a ChekFIN account at: https://apixplatform.com/chekfin#:~:text=Created%20in%20collaboration%20with%20Temasek,%2C%20and%20trust%2Dbased%20solution

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