Grants

The below are a list of grants available for media companies and practitioners:

Grants for Individuals

Overseas Participation Grant

The Overseas Participation Grant supports media professionals who have been selected for international programmes and platforms that are designed to develop their skills and projects, and build up their international connections and perspectives.

A film project lab is typically defined as a programme or course specifically created to further the development of an individual’s skillsets or project in areas such as film directing, producing, scriptwriting etc.

Besides participation at film labs, the Overseas Participation Grant (OPG) also supports participation at prestigious awards/competition events and project development platforms. 

For more information, visit https://www.imda.gov.sg/programme-listing/overseas-participation-grant

Short Film Grant

The Singapore Film Commission supports the development and production of short films to encourage budding filmmakers to hone their skills and get a head-start in embarking on their feature film careers. The Short Film Grant (SFG) provides funding for short films that are digitally made and distributed.

For more information, visit https://www.imda.gov.sg/programme-listing/short-film-grant

SkillsFuture Study Award (Media)

The SkillsFuture Study Award is a monetary award to help Singaporeans equip themselves with the skills needed to benefit from quality jobs created by our economy. It encourages Singaporeans to deepen specialised skills needed by future economic growth sectors or in areas of demand.

For more information, visit https://www.imda.gov.sg/programme-listing/Media-Manpower-Plan/SkillsFuture-Study-Award-Media

Talent Assistance (T-Assist)

Talent-Assistance (T-Assist) is an initiative under IMDA’s Media Manpower Plan that aims to strengthen the media capabilities of the local workforce. Under the initiative, funding support is provided to eligible companies and individuals to encourage them to acquire deeper skills and competencies through a list of pre-approved media courses, focusing on courses at intermediate and advanced levels.

The list of pre-approved courses can be accessed on Infocomm Competency Management System (ICMS) website. Select “T-Assist: SF (1 April 2019 – 31 March 2021)” under Library of Courses.

For more information, visit https://www.imda.gov.sg/programme-listing/Media-Manpower-Plan/Talent-Assistance-T-Assist

Grants for Companies

Production Assistance (Film) (P-Assist)

Production Assistance (Film) supports the production of feature films that engage Singapore talent in quality credited roles, and emphasizes the creation and ownership of IP by Singapore companies. 

ELIGIBILITY

Singapore-registered companies that engage in info-communications, media and related activities; and have adopted the Tripartite Standard on the Procurement of Services from Media Freelancers.

DETAILS

Projects must be feature films of no less than 70 minutes.

SFC will support up to 40%* of the Qualifying Costs that are directly linked to the Project, and contribute significantly to the production of the Project.

The qualifying cost categories include:

  • Manpower
  • Professional Services
  • Equipment (Hardware)
  • Equipment (Software)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Others

*SFC will assess and determine the final grant amount upon successful application and approval of the project.

HOW TO APPLY

Application guidelines and Call-for-Proposals (CFP) dates can be found here.

Interested applicants can make an inquiry with SFC@imda.gov.sg.

Public Service Broadcasting Contestable Funds Scheme

The PSB Contestable Funds Scheme (PCFS) helps extend the reach of Public Service Broadcast (PSB) content by spurring production on multiple broadcast platforms; raise quality and encourage innovation in the creation of PSB content.

Calls-for-proposals are typically in ____ every year, and results released in ___.

For more details, visit: https://www.imda.gov.sg/programme-listing/public-service-broadcast/psb-contestable-funds-scheme

Public Service Media Digital Partnership Fund

IMDA’s Public Service Media (PSM) Digital Partnership Fund aims to support co-productions or partnerships between local media companies and international counterparts to produce compelling and innovative PSB content for Singaporeans and audiences beyond. Through such partnership, we aim to build capabilities of our local media industry.

The call-for-proposal for the Public Service Media Digital Partnership Fund is now closed. All shortlisted applicants have been contacted.

For more details, visit: https://www.imda.gov.sg/programme-listing/public-service-broadcast/psm-digital-partnership-fund

NOTES

For an overview of all grants available, visit https://www.imda.gov.sg/programme-listing?keyword=&category=Grants&support=individuals&orgType=SME%2FStartups%7CMNC&industry=all&persona=all&page=1

IMDA grants and schemes are available to companies that are adopters of the Tripartite Standards.