Employer Support Grant (ESG)

What is the Employer Support Grant (ESG)?

The Employer Support Grant launched by the National Council of Social Service supports organisations that hire persons with mental health conditions by providing grants for training opportunities and/or workplace adjustments.

What grants does ESG entitle me to?

Grants are given in two areas: 

  1. Onsite vocational training 
    • Organizations under the ESG can receive up to $1,500 per trainee for onsite vocational training 
  2. Workplace adjustment schemes, which are further categorised into sub-components of:
    1. Co-worker training 
    2. Supervisor training and advisory support
    3. Employee Assistance Programme
    4. Job redesign

SCC is a pre-approved service provider for supervisor training and advisory support, as well as the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP). Organisations under the ESG are entitled to up to $40,000 to implement workplace adjustments in these 4 areas, depending on the number of persons with mental health conditions hired.

To note: 

  • Employers who hire 1-3 persons with mental health conditions (PMHCs) need to implement a minimum of 2 work adjustment scheme components. This means that you can choose to use the grant for the EAP and supervisor training courses with SCC. Reimbursement is capped at S$10,000 or 80%, whichever is lower.
  • Employers who hire 4 or more PMHCs need to implement all 4 components. You can opt out of a maximum of one component if it is currently ongoing or it has previously been implemented. Reimbursement is capped at S$30,000 or 80%, whichever is lower.

What is the supervisor training and advisory support that SCC can provide?

In partnership with the Singapore Emergency Responder Academy (SERA), SCC regularly conducts courses for HR personnel and leadership teams in the areas of: 

  • Psychological First Aid 
  • First Aid in Mental Health 
  • Peer Supporter Course 

Each of these training programmes equip leaders with practical skills to be able to identify individuals who are in distress, and provide them with tools to support individuals struggling with their mental health. These trainings also touch on the boundaries of helping, as well as when and how to link individuals to professional help. Write in to counselling@scc.sg for more information. Our team provides customised courses according to your training needs. 

What is the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)?

Under EAP, SCC provides counselling sessions to partner organisations at corporate rates. This grant would increase the capacity of organisations to provide this benefit to their employees and adopt SCC as their mental health support partner. Click here for more information. 

What type of companies/ organisations can apply for this grant?

Any company that is legally registered or incorporated in Singapore, with a Unique Entity Number (UEN). The company must not have received grants from Tote Board for the purpose of implementing workplace adjustments for persons with mental health conditions. 

What constitutes PMHCs?

PMHCs are individuals who have received an official diagnosis from a healthcare professional for a mental health condition. Employers who wish to support this initiative by hiring PMHCs can approach Employment Support Agencies (i.e. Singapore Anglican Community Services, Singapore Association for Mental Health and the Institute of Mental Health), which would connect you to suitable candidates. 

Kindly note that these employers must not have hired from the ESAs before to be eligible for the workplace adjustment scheme.

How can I apply for this grant?

Employers who are keen to explore the use of this grant for our training and Employee Assistance Programmes can contact us through the contact form below:

Note:  The funding is available from 10 November 2021 to 31 March 2023, subject to budget availability and on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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