Covid-19 Recovery Grant 2021: How to apply for CRG and CRG-T

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Covid-19 Recovery Grant 2021: How to apply for CRG and CRG-T

Just as we thought we’d beat Covid-19, 2021 started smelling a lot like 2020. With new restrictions on gathering sizes and the outlawing of dining out, many businesses and workers have been left floundering.

The Covid-19 Recovery Grant (CRG) is a government scheme to help those who have lost income or jobs. There’s also a one-off Covid-19 Recovery Grant — Temporary (CRG-T) for those specifically affected by the measures in May and June 2021.

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Here are the details on who’s eligible and how to apply.

What is the Covid-19 Recovery Grant (CRG)?

Just like the coronavirus, the new grant comes in more than one variant.

  • Covid-19 Recovery Grant (CRG) is for workers who have experienced job loss, involuntary no-pay leave or income loss due to Covid-19.
  • Covid-19 Recovery Grant — Temporary (CRG-T) is for those who are financially impacted by the new raft of 2021 Covid-19 measures in May and June 2021, under Phase 2 Heightened Alert.
CRG-T CRG
Application period June 3 to July 2 2021 Jan 15 to Dec 31, 2021
Job/income loss period May 16 to June 30, 2021 After Jan 23, 2020
Payout amount $500 to $700 $500 to $700 per month
Payout frequency One-off Three x monthly payments

What’s the difference between CRG and CRG-T?

Both CRG and CRG-T are for workers in lower- to middle-income households who are facing financial difficulties due to Covid-19.

CRG

CRG is meant for workers facing one of the following as a result of Covid-19 (anytime after 23 Jan 2020):

Successful applicants will receive three monthly payments of $500 to $700. You can successfully apply for CRG up to two times, thus receiving up to six months’ worth of monthly payments.

CRG-T

CRG-T is meant for workers who have suffered a financial impact due to the recent Covid-19 measures in May and June 2021.

During this period, known as Phase 2 (Heightened Alert), measures include no more dining in, limited gym and fitness studio activities, and gatherings limited to two persons. People who have been affected might include those working in F&B, retail, sports/fitness and the performing arts.

Successful applicants will receive a one-time payout of $500 to $700. You can only receive a maximum of one CRG-T payout.

How to apply for Covid-19 Recovery Grant – Temporary (CRG-T)

Those who are immediately affected by the current spate of restrictions in May and June 2021 can apply for CRG-T. Applications will be accepted until July 2 2021.

To successfully apply for CRG-T, you must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident aged 21 and above.
  • Live in a property with an annual value of not more than $21,000.
  • Not own more than one property.
  • Prior to income loss, have had a household income of not more than $7,800 or per capita household income of not more than $2,600.

In addition, you should have satisfied at least one of the following criteria between May 16 and June 30, 2021:

  • Have suffered from at least one month of income loss of at least 50per cent, or
  • Have been put on involuntary no-pay leave

Both employees and self-employed persons can apply for CRG-T. There is no need to show proof that you’ve been searching for a job or undergoing training.

To qualify for CRG-T, you should NOT currently be receiving support from any of the following government schemes:

  • Covid-19 Recovery Grant (CRG)
  • ComCare Short-to-Medium-Term Assistance
  • ComCare Long-Term Assistance
  • Seafarers Relief Package
  • Covid-19 Driver Relief Fund
  • SGUnited Mid-Career Pathways Programme – Company Training
  • SGUnited Skills Package

How to apply for Covid-19 Recovery Grant (CRG)

The Covid-19 Recovery Grant offers a higher total payout than CRG-T, but it’s more complicated to obtain. Applications are open until Dec 31, 2021.

To successfully apply for CRG, you must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  • Be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident aged 21 and above.
  • Live in a property with an annual value of not more than $21,000.
  • Not own more than one property.
  • Prior to income loss, have had a household income of not more than $7,800 or per capita household income of not more than $2,600.
  • Have worked for at least six months cumulatively between January 2019 and December 2020.
  • If you are self-employed, you should have declared your annual net trade income (NTI) in either 2019 or 2020 and must also provide supporting documents for your line of work. (You can retroactively declare your NTI via IRAS’s MyTax portal or to the CPF Board.)
  • If you are self-employed, you should have no outstanding Medisave contributions or be committed to making contributions via GIRO.

In addition, you should currently satisfy at least one of these criteria:

  • Be involuntarily unemployed due to retrenchment or contract termination
  • Be on involuntary no-pay leave for a period of at least three consecutive months
  • Be experiencing income loss for at least three consecutive months, with an average overall loss of at least 50 per cent from all full-time or part-time jobs
  • For self-employed, your current income will be compared to your average monthly NTI in 2019 or 2020