Singapore extends COVID-19 recovery grant to December 31 next year
Singapore has extended applications for its COVID-19 Recovery Grant till December 31 next year, said the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).
The grant, which aims to support workers whose jobs and incomes have been impacted by the pandemic, will have a new eligibility criteria from January 1, 2022 to align with the extended application period, MSF added.
The programme provides financial assistance to low- to middle-income workers and self-employed people who have lost their jobs, experienced significant income loss, or had to take involuntary no-pay leave for three or more consecutive months due to the pandemic.
Applicants who did not receive support under the grant this year can now receive up to three tranches in 2022 should they meet the requirements, and each recipient an receive either up to S$500 (US$368) or S$700 (US$515) a month for a period of 3 months, depending on their employment situation.
Each tranche of handout supports recipients with three months of assistance. Previously, workers could receive up to two tranches of the handout.
As of December 5, MSF has disbursed about S$57 million (US$41.9 million) in total, supporting over 27,000 workers.