Capability Development Grant (CDG)

Capability Development Grant (CDG) 

The grant defrays up to 70 percent* of qualifying project costs such as consultancy, training, certification and equipment costs. You can take on large scale upgrading projects in areas like increasing productivity, process improvement, product development and market access.

To encourage more SMEs to build business capabilities, the application process for grant support of S$30,000 or less has been simplified. You can look forward to simpler application forms and reduced documentation requirements for such projects.

Explore CDG Development Areas

Supportable Areas
Area of DevelopmentWhat is Claimable
Brand developmentDevelop a stronger company’s mission, vision, values and strategy. Enhance your competitiveness by differentiating your products and services from competitors.
Business excellenceStrengthen your management practices through business excellence, which are key to higher productivity and revenue growth.
Business innovationDevelop innovative capabilities, and integrating design thinking as a business strategy for the growth of your company
Enhancing quality standardsAdopt international or industry standards for your business. Includes manpower-related and training expenses, consultancy and professional services.
Financial managementImprove and maintain good management of your financial resources to develop strong financial resilience.
Human capital developmentStrengthen your HR management practices and build stronger companies. Create a strong foundation for your business by cultivating your corporate culture, and retaining staff.
Intellectual property and FranchisingManage and protect your of Intellectual Property (IP), and develop franchising systems to replicate successful business models and gain a competitive edge.
Productivity improvementImprove your business processes and optimise resource allocation for better productivity gains.
Service excellenceAdopt service innovation for your business to increase service standards, for a customer-centered service.
Technology InnovationStrengthen your technology innovation initiatives to enhance your products and services.


  • Registered and operating in Singapore
  • At least 30% local shareholding
  • Group annual sales turnover ≤ S$100m or group employment of ≤200 employees

SPRING will assess the application based on your needs, the project scope and competency of the service provider in improving your business capabilities. All applications are subject to SPRING’s approval.

Optional: CDG-WorkPro Job Redesign Rider

Between 1 Jul 2016 to 30 Jun 2019, companies supported under the Capability Development Grant (CDG) may apply for the WorkPro - Job Redesign Rider (“JR Rider”) upon CDG project completion. To be eligible, SMEs need to show that the project has led to a positive impact on older workers (subject to applicable conditions being met). This includes, but is not limited to:

  • making jobs physically easier, safer and smarter through improvements to the workplace environment / work processes
  • placement and retention of older workers
  • improved productivity, enhanced job scope, wage increment etc.

The JR Rider can be used to increase the level of funding support to a maximum of 80% of the qualifying project cost, or up to $20,000 payable per older worker who have benefited (whichever is lower), subject to the applicable caps to the JR Rider scheme.


You will need to identify the relevant development area your project is on. Do call up EnterpriseOne if you need help finding which area best suits your business needs. I’ve asked for their assistance before and their customer service officers are knowledgeable and very helpful.

These are the pre-application documents you will to prepare:

  1. Latest ACRA Search or Instant Information (that is within the past 6 months) of your Company and your Corporate Shareholders if applicable. This refers to the ACRA Business Profile issued by ACRA.
  2. Latest Audited Financial Statements (that is within the past 1 year) of your Company and Consolidated Financial Statement of your ultimate parent company if applicable. Audited Financial Statements refers to financial statements which have been prepared and audited by a Certified Public Accountant in Singapore.
  3. Your company’s Project Proposal. Do read this guide to understand the guidelines before writing up your project proposal.
  4. Relevant Proof of Quotation for your project cost items. Relevant Proof of Quotation is an official quotation document prepared by the project consultant or vendor.