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Work-Life Grant

As part of the 2013 Marriage and Parenthood (M&P) Package announced in January 2013, the Government is providing more help to employers to offer flexible work arrangements (FWAs) and support more employees on FWAs. This will better help employees manage work and family responsibilities, and enhance the pro-family environment in Singapore.

The Work-Life Grant under the new one-stop WorkPro Programme provides substantial funding and incentives for organisations to create and sustain a more supportive environment for Singaporeans to form and raise families. It replaces the WoW! Fund with effect from 1 Apri 2013.

The Work-Life Grant has two components: a Developmental Grant to help employers put in place flexible work arrangements (FWAs) and other work-life programmes; and a FWA Incentive to motivate employers who support more employees on FWAs. Organisations may tap on either or both components of the Work-Life Grant.

Developmental Grant

The Developmental Grant is a one-time grant of up to $40,000 per organisation to help you take steps towards implementing work-life strategies, particularly flexible work arrangements (FWAs). It can also help to defray developmental costs incurred, e.g. training, consultancy, infrastructure.

For employers

A $10,000 Developmental Grant would be given to organisations that pilot at least two new FWAs or substantially enhance existing FWAs.

Organisations must complete the following step-by-step process in implementing the FWA pilots:

Step 1: Assess specific FWAs that are suitable for implementation (i.e. meet business needs).
Step 2: Conduct a needs analysis to understand employees' work-life needs and identify suitable FWAs.
Step 3: Develop an FWA implementation plan which includes a communication plan to engage your employees.
Step 4: Send at least 1 employee / employer to complete the work-life training that includes the implementation and management of employees on FWAs.
Step 5: Pilot at least 2 new FWAs and/or substantially enhance existing FWAs with at least 10% of the total workforce, or a minimum of 5 employees (whichever is higher) trying out the FWAs for at least 3 months.
Step 6: Monitor the FWAs and consult relevant stakeholders on the FWAs' effectiveness before making any refinements.

Another $10,000 would be given to your organisation if the piloted FWAs are formalised into the HR policies.

Organisations which have their Work-Life Developmental Grant applications approved can claim for reimbursement of expenses (capped at $20,000 in total) 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 (Approved Consultant) and Approved Work-Life Grant Trainers (Approved Trainer).
    • An Approved Consultant can help you with implementing FWA pilots and sustaining work-life strategies in your organisation.
    • An Approved Trainer can conduct training on how to implement FWAs and manage employees on FWAs at your organisation.
    You can only claim for reimbursement if you engage the services from the lists of pdfApproved Consultants and pdfApproved Trainers.
  • Up to 50% for infrastructures for FWAs and selected employer support schemes such as lactation facilities

Employers who have previously benefited from the WoW! Fund can receive up to $20,000, provided that they have met all the qualifying criteria and put in place work-life strategies that have not already been implemented or covered in their previous work-life projects funded by the WoW! Fund.

Additional requirements

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 one employee complete the work-life training course

For Office Building Owners / Management Corporation / Developers

You will be given a one-time grant of up to $20,000 per building to defray the costs incurred for office building lactation facilities.

Co-funds will be provided up to a maximum of 50% for office building lactation facilities specifically.

Office building owners / Management Corporation / Developers who have previously benefited from BCA’s Accessibility Fund for purposes other than office building lactation facilities can apply for Developmental Grant and receive up to $20,000 funding per office building. This is provided that all the qualifying criteria are met.

Requirements

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

FWA Incentive

This is a cash incentive of up to $120,000 per organisation (disbursed in three tranches of up to $40,000 per year over three years) to motivate employers to support more employees on FWAs.

FWAs utilisation rate among its employees 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

The yearly incentive is computed based on the number of unique Singaporean employees working on FWAs:

  • $10,000 for the first five Singaporeans employees; and
  • $1,500 per additional Singaporean employee (from the sixth Singaporean employee onwards).

The incentive should be put towards efforts to nurture and further workplace cultures for better work-life harmony.

Additional requirements

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 formalised two or more FWAs in your HR policies and communicated them to your employees
  • have no more than six in 10 employees counting towards the 20% or 30% utilisation requirement that belong to the same FWA type
  • sustain current work-life practices at your workplace to subsequent tranches of payouts

Types of FWAs

The FWAs recognised under the Work-Life Grant are flexi-time, flexi-place and/or part-time (other FWAs may be considered on a case-by-case basis). Employees must be working on a regular basis (i.e. not ad-hoc or casual employees).

Apply to be an Approved Work-Life Grant Consultant or Trainer

If you are a practising work-life consultant or trainer and wish to apply to be an Approved Consultant or Approved Trainer for the purpose of this grant, you need to:

  1. Complete the docWork-Life Grant Consultant and Trainer Application Form.
  2. Submit the form and copies of relevant documents to the Work-Life Grant Secretariat at mom_worklife@mom.gov.sg during the following periods:
    • 1 - 14 June
    • 1 - 14 December

Upon approval, the appointment of Approved Consultant and Approved Trainer is valid for two years.

Requirements

Your application will be assessed based on your track record and other relevant credentials. You may also be scheduled for interviews by a tripartite evaluation panel.

Your responsibilities

You must complete at least two Work-Life Grant projects each year in order to automatically qualify for renewal of the appointment.

As an Approved Consultant or Approved Trainer, your business details will be listed on the WorkPro programme partner websites. However, the Work-Life Grant Secretariat reserves the right to terminate your appointment as an Approved Consultant and/or Approved Trainer at any time.

For more information on Approved Consultants and Approved Trainers, you may contact the Work-Life Grant Secretariat at mom_worklife@mom.gov.sg.

Contact Details

Companies or individuals who require more information on the Work-Life Grant, which is part of WorkPro, can contact the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). SNEF and NTUC are the only official programme partners appointed to market and administer the WorkPro Programme. Companies should approach only SNEF or NTUC for assistance and advice to apply for WorkPro. This is provided at no cost to all companies.

Only applications / claims made by companies and submitted to SNEF or NTUC will be recognised and considered for funding. Application / claim made by private consultants or external parties acting on a company's behalf will not be entertained or accepted.

Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) National Trades Union Congress (NTUC)

Hotline: 6827 6949
Email: wdm@snef.org.sg
Website: www.sgemployers.com

Hotline: 6213 8383
Email: workpro@ntuc.org.sg
Website: www.ntuc.org.sg

Last updated on 11 March 2015 03:19:17