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Work-Life Grant for flexible work arrangements

Companies can apply for grants and incentives to implement flexible work arrangements (FWAs) such as flexi-time, flexi-place and part-time work.

What it is

The Work-Life Grant provides funding and incentives for companies to offer flexible work arrangements (FWAs) for employees. The aim is to help employees better manage work and family responsibilities, and enhance the pro-family environment in Singapore.

The Work-Life Grant consists of 2 components:

  • The Developmental Grant helps companies take steps towards implementing FWAs and other work-life programmes, and to defray part of the costs incurred.
  • The FWA Incentive encourages companies to support more employees on FWAs and to provide and sustain work-life friendly workplaces.

You can tap on either or both components.

Types of FWAs

The FWAs recognised for this grant include flexi-time, flexi-place and part-time work. Other FWAs may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employees utilising the FWAs must be working on a regular basis, i.e. not ad-hoc or casual employees.

Developmental Grant

The Developmental Grant is a one-time grant of up to $40,000 per company to help you take steps towards implementing work-life strategies, particularly FWAs. It can also help to defray part of the developmental costs, e.g. for training, consultancy and infrastructure.

For employers

Under the grant, your company can get funding if it pilots or enhances FWAs. The funding is as follows:

This funding Is given for
First $10,000 Piloting at least 2 new FWAs or substantially enhancing existing FWAs.
Another $10,000 Formalising the piloted FWAs into the HR policies.
Reimbursement of expenses (up to $20,000)

Reimbursing expenses incurred for the FWA pilots, based on the following percentages:

  • Up to 80% for items such as work-life training and work-life consultancy by Approved Work-Life Grant Consultants and Trainers. You can only claim for reimbursement if you engage the services from the list of:
  • Up to 50% for infrastructures supporting FWAs and selected employee support schemes, such as lactation facilities.
If you were on the WoW! Fund prior to 1 April 2013, you can receive up to $20,000 under the Work-Life Grant, provided you have met all the qualifying criteria, and put in place work-life strategies not already implemented in the previous WoW!-funded projects.

How Approved Consultants and Approved Trainers can help you:

Approved Consultant Helps you with:
  • implementing FWA pilots
  • sustaining work-life strategies
Approved Trainer Conducts training on:
  • how to implement FWAs
  • how to manage employees on FWAs

Requirements

To be eligible for the Developmental Grant, you need to:

  • Appoint a work-life ambassador from senior management to champion a work-life friendly workplace for your employees and to communicate the organisation’s work-life policies to your employees.
  • Have at least one employee complete the work-life training course.

When implementing the FWA pilots, your organisation needs to complete the following step-by-step process:

  1. Conduct a needs analysis to identify suitable FWAs that meet your company’s and employees’ needs.
  2. Develop an FWA implementation plan that includes a communication plan to engage your employees.
  3. Send at least 1 employee or employer to complete the work-life training and be trained in implementing FWAs and managing employees on FWAs.
  4. Pilot at least 2 new FWAs or substantially enhance existing FWAs. The FWAs should involve at least 10% of your total workforce or a minimum of 5 employees, whichever is higher. The FWAs should be piloted for at least 3 months.
  5. Consult relevant stakeholders on the trial of the FWAs.
  6. Monitor the FWAs to see if they work and make suitable refinements.

For office-building owners, management corporation, developers

If you are an office-building owner, management corporation or developer, the following funding is available:

This funding Is given for
One-time grant of up to $20,000 per office building, co-funds up to 50% of total cost Defraying the costs incurred for building of lactation facilities.
If you have used the BCA’s Accessibility Fund for purposes other than building lactation facilities, you can apply for the Developmental Grant and get up to $20,000 funding per office building, provided that you meet all the qualifying criteria.

Requirements

You need to complete the works for lactation facilities as stipulated in the letter of undertaking.

FWA Incentive

The FWA Incentive encourages you to support more employees on FWAs.

Amount Up to $120,000 per company.
Disbursement In tranches of up to $40,000 per year over 3 years.
Computation (yearly)

Based on the number of unique Singaporean employees utilising FWAs:

  • $10,000 for the first 5 Singaporean employees.
  • $1,500 per additional Singaporean employee (i.e. from 6th onwards).

The total incentive disbursed depends on the percentage of employees utilising the FWAs:

Utilisation rate for FWAs Total incentive Annual payment
At least 20% Up to $75,000 Up to $25,000
At least 30% Up to $120,000 Up to $40,000

Requirements

The incentive should be used to nurture and further workplace cultures that support better work-life harmony.

To receive subsequent tranches of payouts, your company needs to sustain the work-life practices at your workplace.

In addition, you need to:

  • Appoint a work-life ambassador from senior management to champion a work-life friendly workplace and communicate your organisation's work-life policies to your employees.
  • Have formalised 2 or more new FWAs in your HR policies and communicate them to your employees.
  • Have no more than 6 in 10 employees on the same FWA type counting towards the 20% or 30% FWA utilisation requirement.

Find out more

Download the Work-Life Grant booklet for more information.

How to apply

SNEF and NTUC are the only official programme partners for WorkPro (under which the WorkLife Grant falls).

To apply, download the application form and approach SNEF and NTUC for more information.

Official WorkPro partner Hotline Email
Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) 6290 7694 wdm@snef.org.sg
National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) 6213 8383 workpro@ntuc.org.sg
  • You should only approach SNEF and NTUC for help and advice on your WorkPro application.
  • To be considered for funding under WorkPro, your company must apply directly and submit the application to SNEF or NTUC. Applications made by private consultants or external parties acting on a company's behalf will not be accepted.
Last Updated: 8 March 2017