Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Trade and Industry whether samples or standardised forms for required documents accompanying applications for Government business grants may be made available.
Mr Gan Kim Yong: The majority of business grant applications take place on the Business Grants Portal (BGP), which is part of the GoBusiness portal. The portal provides step-by-step guidance on the application process and required documentation. Where possible, we have standardised and simplified application forms and processes. For instance, we have streamlined productivity-related business grants covering more than 17 sectors and across eight agencies into a single scheme called the Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG). Through BGP, applicants can access a standardised application form, which takes about 30 minutes to fill in.
For more customised or complex schemes, agencies may require additional supporting documents. Where possible, agencies provide templates or checklists on their respective websites.
The Government will and must continue to strike a balance between convenience of application and accountability for use of public monies. Applicants who require assistance on business grants can refer to the Government Assistance e-Adviser on the GoBusiness portal or contact the grant administering agency directly.
Ministry of Trade and Industry
20 March 2023