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VWOs-Charities Capability Fund

VWOs-Charities Capability Fund

The VWOs-Charities Capability Fund (VCF) aims to enhance governance and management capabilities of charities and Institutions of a Public Character (IPCs) through the following grants:

  • VCF Training Grant
  • VCF Consultancy Grant
  • VCF Shared Services Grant
  • VCF Info-Communications Technology (ICT) Grant

You may refer to the VCF brochure for more information.


 

Who Can Apply?

All exempt, registered charities and IPCs can apply for the VCF.

How To Apply?

Your charity may submit its applications for the Training, Info-Communications Technology and Shared Services Grants anytime throughout the year. Applications should be submitted online through NCSS e-Services at least 1 month before the commencement of the project.

For registered/exempt charities and IPCs applying for ICT Grant, please submit your application under the Funding@Tech-and-GO!. For more information, please contact NCSS Pumpkin Squad at Tech-and-GO@ncss.gov.sg.

With effect from January 2019, charities which wish to apply for the Consultancy Grant will need to submit their applications within the following periods:

Application Period 1
Application Period: January – March
VCF Secretariat will notify applicants on outcome in May

Application Period 2
Application Period: August – October
VCF Secretariat will notify applicants on outcome in December


 

Training courses or projects that have commenced (or purchases made, including purchase contracts/engagement letters which your charity entered into with the vendor), before the submission and approval of the VCF application, will not be eligible for funding.

Approval of applications is subject to the submission of your charity’s latest annual reports, financial statements and Governance Evaluation Checklists on the Charity Portal.

Your charity must not receive any funding from other government sources for the same purpose for which the VCF grant is sought.

If your charity does not have access to NCSS E-Services, you may request for a login through this link. For this, your charity will also be required to have a Corppass account and submit the completed Inter-bank GIRO - Direct Credit Authorisation Form via post to the VCF Secretariat:

VCF Secretariat

Capability and Community Funding,

National Council of Social Service,

170, Ghim Moh Road,

#01-02, NCSS Centre,

Singapore 279621

To apply for Corppass account, please visit www.corppass.gov.sg.

Who To Contact?

Ms Seri Noryanna (Email: Seri_NORYANNA@ncss.gov.sg)

Mr Gurdip Kumar (​Email: Gurdip_KUMAR@ncss.gov.sg)

Pumpkin Squad (Email: Tech-and-GO@ncss.gov.sg) *for VCF-ICT Grant

  • VCF Training Grant
  • VCF Consultancy Grant
  • VCF Shared Services Grant
  • VCF Info-Communications Technology (ICT) Grant

The Training Grant provides co-funding for local training courses to help charities comply with regulatory requirements and build good governance standards.

What Is Covered?

The grant covers local training courses, seminars in governance and management for governing board members, executive heads and management staff of charities in the following policy areas:

  • Board Governance / Conflict of Interest;
  • Strategic Planning;
  • Financial Management & Controls;
  • Human Resource Management;
  • Fund Raising Management;
  • Volunteer Management.

Online training courses are also included.

Pre-Approved Training Courses

You may refer to the list of pre-approved training courses.

Funding Quantum

The approved applications are co-funded up to the quantum specified below:

Funding Quantum

Capped at

Singaporeans/ PRs

80% of course fee

$1,000 per course;

$500/full-day course (8 hours);or

$250/half-day course (4 hours) per participant;

whichever is lower

Employment Pass/ Work Permit Holders/ S Pass Holders

60% of course fee

$750 per course;

$375/full-day course (8 hours);or

$187.50/half-day course (4 hours) per participant;

whichever is lower

Reimbursement of Course Fees

Funding will be disbursed upon the completion of the course and receipt of the following supporting documents:

  • Certified true copy of training provider’s invoice;
  • Completed Course Evaluation Form; and
  • Photocopy of Certificate of Attendance.

For Pre-approved Courses

For Non Pre-approved Courses

Participants will pay the training provider the net course fee (after VCF funding). The training provider will claim the VCF approved funding directly from the VCF Secretariat.

Participants will pay the full fee upfront to the training provider and claim reimbursement of the VCF approved funding from the VCF Secretariat.

VCF Training Grant Applications

For pre-approved local training courses conducted by the Social Service Institute (SSI), your charity will register via the SSI website. Your charity is not required to submit its Local Training Grant applications to the VCF Secretariat.

For non pre-approved courses and pre-approved courses by other training providers, your charity may submit its applications online at least 1 month before the commencement of the course to be considered for funding.

Pre-Approval of Training Courses

For Training Providers Only

Training providers may submit applications for their courses to be pre-approved under the Training Grant. Applications should reach the VCF Secretariat at least 3 months before the commencement of the courses.

The Consultancy Grant provides co-funding for the engagement of external consultants for governance and management consultancy projects.                          

With effect from 1 April 2020, the VCF Consultancy Grant has been expanded to provide co-funding for collaborative projects amongst charities that target enhancement of charities’ governance, management and operational efficiency. This aims to support charities which face difficulties in managing their processes amidst the COVID-19 situation. Charities may engage an external consultant to support the project or implement the project themselves. To qualify as a collaborative project, it must involve and benefit at least 2 charities concurrently.                          

In the project proposal, the Lead Charity should list out the Names of Charities (and UEN No.) that would benefit from the collaborative project.                          

What Is Covered?

The grant covers consultancy projects by external consultants to improve key governance and management areas, for example, conducting a review on policies covering regulatory compliance, internal controls, governance best practices, overseas expenditure, volunteer management and disclosure practices that enhances the charity’s transparency.                          

Funding Quantum

For Small and Medium Charities: Approved applications are co-funded for up to 80% of the supported costs or 80% of the actual expenditure, whichever is lower. Funding is capped at $100,000 per charity over 5 years (from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2022).                          

For Large Charities: Approved applications are co-funded for up to 80% of the supported costs or 80% of the actual expenditure, whichever is lower. Funding is capped at $50,000 per charity over 5 years (from April 2017 to 31 March 2022).                          

50% of the approved funding will be disbursed upfront, upon the signing of the VCF funding agreement. The remaining amount will be disbursed when the final evaluation report has been received and evaluated by the VCF Secretariat.                          

Charities should submit their applications online at least 1 month before the commencement of the project.                          

Size of Charities

For the purpose of determining the size of charity for VCF grant applications, the size of charity is based on the following criteria.                          

Size                          

Criteria                          

Small                           

Charity with gross annual receipts1 in each financial year of up to $1 million in the 2 financial years immediately preceding the current financial year.                          

Medium                           

Charity with gross annual receipts in each financial year between $1 million and $10 million in the 2 financial years immediately preceding the current financial year.                          

Large                           

Charity with gross annual receipts in each financial year of not less than $10 million in the 2 financial years immediately preceding the current financial year.                          

1Gross annual receipts include all income, grants, donations, sponsorships and all other receipts of any kind.                          

VCF Consultancy Grant Applications

With effect from January 2019, charities which wish to apply for the Consultancy Grant will need to submit their applications within the following periods:                          

Application Period 1                          

Application Period: January – March
VCF Secretariat will notify applicants on outcome in May                          

Application Period 2                          

Application Period: August – October
VCF Secretariat will notify applicants on outcome in December                          

In view of the high demand for Consultancy Grant, the application periods are implemented for more effective monitoring and assessment of grant applications, and to enable prioritisation of funding allocation. Applications for Consultancy Grant outside the stated windows will not be processed and applicants will be informed to submit a fresh application during the stipulated periods.                          

Your charity is required to submit its Consultancy Grant applications online with its preferred vendor's quotation. For project costs exceeding $6,000, your charity should attach 3 quotations of comparable scope.                          

All applications for the Consultancy Grant should be submitted to the VCF Secretariat before the project commences, including purchase contracts/engagement letters which the charity entered into with the vendor, to be eligible for the funding.                          

The Shared Services Grant provides co-funding for charities which outsource their payroll, finance and accounting functions to a third-party service provider.                          

What Is Covered?

The grant covers shared services in the following areas:                          

  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Assets Record Management
  • Journal Adjustment
  • Financial & Management Reports
  • Audit Management
                          

Funding Quantum

Approved applications are co-funded up to the quantum specified below:                          

  • [Prior to 1 April 2020] Up to 25% of monthly charge for 2 years, capped at $100,000 per charity.

    [From 1 April 2020] Up to 50% of monthly charges for 1st year and up to 25% for 2nd year, capped at $100,000 per charity.
  • 30% of the approved funding will be disbursed upfront, upon the signing of the VCF funding agreement.
  • The next 30% of the approved funding will be disbursed after the first year of the project.
  • The remaining amount, depending on the actual project cost, will be disbursed upon VCF Secretariat's receipt of the reimbursement claim, supported with certified true copies of the vendor's invoices at the end of two years.
                          
VCF Shared Services Grant Applications

Your charity is eligible to tap on the Shared Services Grant only once from April 2017 to March 2022. Applications for VCF Shared Services Grant should be submitted online with your charity’s preferred vendor's quotation. For project costs exceeding $6,000, your charity should attach 3 quotations of comparable scope.                          

Applications for the Shared Services Grant should be submitted to the VCF Secretariat at least 1 month before the service commences to be eligible for the funding.                          

The ICT Grant provides co-funding for Small and Medium charities to harness ICT to facilitate the submission of returns and transactions on the Charity Portal. Large charities are not eligible for the grant.                          

Large charities refer to charities with gross annual receipts in each financial year of not less than $10 million, in the 2 financial years immediately preceding the current financial year. Gross annual receipts include all income, grants, donations, sponsorships and all other receipts of any kind.                          

What is Covered and Funding Quantum?

Scope                          

Funding Quantum                          

                          

For Small and Medium size Charities
For (A), (B) and (C), up to 70% of the supported cost or 70% of the actual expenditure, whichever is lower, and capped at:                          

(A) Basic infrastructure components for charities which do not have the basic ICT setup:                          

  • 2 computers (Desktop or Laptop)
  • 1 Printer
  • 1 Broadband Account
                          

(A) Basic infrastructure:                          

  • Computer (Desktop or Laptop): $1,200 per equipment.
  • Printer: $256 per equipment.
  • Broadband (multi-user): $1,645 per account.
                          

(B) Office Automation Tools (a software package that is on a subscription basis e.g. per user per month)                          

(B) Office Automation Tools (e.g. eMail, eLeave, eForm, eNoticeboard, etc): $120 per user.                          

  • Accounting software (e.g. Quickbook): $3,000 per charity.
                          

(C) Website development costs (e.g. domain registration, installation and setup) on Content Management System to facilitate publishing of charity’s information:                          

  • Charity’s activities and programmes
  • Financial Information
  • Annual Report
  • List of board members’ profile
                          

(C) Website development: $3,000 per charity.                          

(D) Desktop Productivity and Utility Applications for charity’s basic operational capabilities (e.g. Microsoft Office, Anti-virus, Adobe Acrobat software) and for the adoption of Charities Accounting Standard (CAS). Conversion of accounting systems to adopt CAS.     

(D) COTS software: Up to 80% of the supported cost or 80% of the actual expenditure, whichever is lower, and capped at $30,000 per charity.                          

(E) Digital Solutions - Digitalisation efforts covering areas such as:     

  • Accounting Management
  • Bill & Payment
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Document Management
  • Donor Management
  • Fund-raising
  • Human Resource Management
  • Learning Management
  • Remote Working
  • Visitor Management
  • Volunteer Management
  • Live Streaming (New!)
                          

(E) Digitalisation efforts: Up to 80% of the supported cost or 80% of the actual expenditure, whichever is lower, and capped at $30,000 per charity.                          

For Small Charities only             

(F) [From 1 April 2020] Subscription charges of video and audio-conferencing tools                      

(F) Up to 70% of the supported cost or 70% of the actual expenditure, whichever is lower, and capped at, capped at $250 per charity.

Cumulative funding for ICT is capped at $100,000 per charity over 5 years.
                      

Cumulative funding is capped at $100,000 per charity over 5 years (1 April 2017 to 31 March 2022).                          

Funding will be disbursed upon VCF Secretariat's receipt of the reimbursement claim by charities, supported with certified true copy of the vendor's invoice and delivery order.                          

Charities may source for digital solutions at here.
                          

VCF ICT Grant Applications

Your charity may submit its ICT Grant applications online with its preferred vendor’s quotation. For registered/exempt charities and IPCs applying for ICT Grant, please submit your application under the Funding@Tech-and-GO!. For more information, please contact NCSS Pumpkin Squad at Tech-and-GO@ncss.gov.sg. For project costs exceeding $6,000, your charity should also submit 3 quotations of comparable scope or specifications.                          

All applications for the ICT grant should be submitted to the Pumpkin Squad before the purchase or project commencement, including purchase contracts/engagement letters which the charity entered into with the vendor, to be eligible for the funding.