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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.

Download: PDFWork-Life Grant booklet (1.4 MB) [Note: Please refer to updated contact information in the table below.]

Developmental Grant

  • A one-time grant of up to $40,000 per organisation to defray the developmental costs of implementing flexible work arrangements (FWAs) and other work-life strategies.
  • Co-funds up to 80% for items such as work-life training, work-life consultancy, Personal Work-Life Effectiveness (PWLE) programme, and up to 30% for IT infrastructure (capped at $10,000) for FWAs and selected employer support schemes such as lactation facilities (capped at $10,000). Other items may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • 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.

Requirements:

  • Appoint a work-life ambassador from senior management to champion a work-life friendly workplace for the employees and to communicate the organisation’s work-life policies to its employees
  • Formalise 2 or more new FWAs and communicate policy to employees
  • At least 15% of the organisation’s employees, subject to a minimum of 5 employees must benefit from these FWAs by the completion of the project (maximum duration of project is a year)

FWA Incentive

  • A cash incentive of up to $120,000 per organisation (disbursed in tranches of up to $40,000 per year over three years) to motivate employers to support more employees on FWAs.
  • The yearly incentive is computed based on the number of unique Singaporean employees working on FWAs - $10,000 for the first 5 Singaporeans employees; and $1,500 per additional Singaporean employee (from the 6th Singaporean employee onwards).
  • To receive subsequent tranches of payouts, employers must demonstrate continuous improvements to work-life harmony at the workplace.
  • The incentive should be put towards efforts to nurture and further workplace cultures supportive of better work-life harmony.

Requirements:

  • Appoint a work-life ambassador from senior management to champion a work-life friendly workplace for the employees and to communicate the organisation’s work-life policies to its employees
  • Formalised 2 or more FWAs and communicated it to employees
  • At least 30% of the organisation’s employees must be utilising these FWAs on a regular basis throughout each one year period, and half of them must be Singaporean employees, subject to a minimum of 5 Singaporean employees
  • No more than 6 in 10 employees counting towards the 30% utilisation requirement can be on the same FWA type (Please refer to the PDFWork-Life Grant booklet (1.4 MB) for examples.)

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).

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, including consultancy service 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/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 03 January 2014 04:54:28