SINGAPORE - Over 10,000 individuals have received help under the Covid-19 Recovery Grant (CRG) since its launch in January, with about $10 million disbursed as at March 22 to help recipients financially impacted by the pandemic.
The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) announced the updated figures and further support under the grant on Tuesday (March 30).
From April 19, grant recipients can apply for an additional tranche of three months of support if they need further help and continue to meet the requirements of the grant.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Minister for Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli said: "MSF will continue to support Singaporeans to overcome challenges in this pandemic. That is why from April 19, those who have already received one tranche of CRG may apply for an additional three months of support, if they meet the eligibility criteria at the point of application.
"We are also continuing to process fresh applications. Each individual can receive up to a maximum of six months of support through the CRG," he added.
MSF launched the CRG on Jan 18 to support lower- to middle-income employees and self-employed individuals who were affected by Covid-19.
Workers who have lost their jobs or placed on involuntary no-pay leave or sustained significant income loss due to the economic impact of Covid-19 can apply for the CRG.
The grant provides financial support of up to $700 per month for three months to those who became unemployed due to retrenchment or involuntary contract termination, or were placed on involuntary no-pay leave for at least three consecutive months.
It provides up to $500 per month for three months to employees who are facing salary loss for at least three consecutive months, with an average overall loss of at least 50 per cent, or self-employed people who are facing net trade income loss for three consecutive months, with an average overall loss of at least 50 per cent at the point of application, compared with their average monthly net trade income in 2019 or 2020.
CRG recipients can either apply for a second tranche of support in their last month of payouts or after their payouts have ended. First-time applicants can also apply for the grant.
Individuals can apply for the CRG online from 9am to 10pm till April 18. From April 19 to Dec 31, the online application portal will be operational round the clock every day.
Those who need help completing the online application form can call the ComCare call hotline (1800-222-0000) or email Ask_SSO @ msf.gov.sg.
Those who are unable to apply online can visit their nearest social service office for assistance.
Source: The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.
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