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VCF IPG IT Adoption

Programme

The grant is under the purview of VCF Innovation & Productivity Grant. For more information on VCF Grants, please visit their website.


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Description
The Innovation & Productivity Grant (IPG) supports social service organisations in implementing information technology (IT) solutions for more optimal resource utilisation and improved productivity.

The supported projects will need to achieve at least one KPI of 10% productivity savings (e.g. Reduction in Manpower Cost, Reduction in Time etc).

Examples of IT projects supported in this category are:
  • Customer Relationship Management System
  • Integrated Database Management System
  • Volunteer & Donor Management System
Please click here for past approved IPG projects.
 
Exclusions:
IPG does not fund purchase of computers/laptops/tablets, commercial-off-the-shelf software, software subscription, or projects that do not improve the capabilities of social service organisations (e.g. replacement of servers). 
Scope
The Innovation & Productivity Grant (IPG) supports social service agencies in implementing information technology (IT) solutions for more optimal resource utilisation and improved productivity.

The supported projects will need to achieve at least one KPI of 10% productivity savings (e.g. Reduction in Manpower Cost, Reduction in Time etc).

Examples of IT projects supported in this category are:
  • Customer Relationship Management System
  • Integrated Database Management System
  • Volunteer & Donor Management System
Please click here for past approved IPG projects.
 
Exclusions:
IPG does not fund purchase of computers/laptops/tablets, commercial-off-the-shelf software, software subscription, or projects that do not improve the capabilities of social service agencies (e.g. replacement of servers). 
Organisation
Categories
Organisations
Conditions
Application Criteria & Eligibility
  1. All NCSS member social service agencies or MSF-funded social service agencies can apply for the VCF grant.
  2. The projects must be one-off and non-recurring in nature.
  3. Funding will not be extended to projects that:
    • have already commenced, or
    • are receiving other sources of government funding, unless specifically allowed
  4. Projects are required to achieve at least 10% productivity or cost savings.
  5. Projects can only commence upon VCF approval.
  6. Late applications will NOT be processed and also NOT be automatically moved to the next window.
  7. Incomplete applications will NOT be processed.
  8. Please note that approval of applications is on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to budget availability. 
Funding Quantum
 

Items

Funding Level Capped at 

One-time implementation costs, which include
1st year subscription and maintenance cost

Up to 80% of the approved project cost 
or actual expenditure, whichever is lower
$300,000 

2nd and 3rd year recurrent costs
(e.g. subscription and maintenance fees)

Up to 50% of the approved recurrent costs
or actual expenditure, whichever is lower
 

The additional funding for the 2nd and 3rd year recurrent costs is only applicable for applications received from 1 Nov 2020 onwards.
 

 

Disbursement Procedure
 
Disbursement Milestones Deliverables % of Funding to be Disbursed
Upon signing of Funding Agreement
  • A copy of signed agreement in soft copy
50% of approved quantum
Submission within 5 months after project completion
  • Project Evaluation Report, which includes a to-date evaluation of the project and achievement of KPIs.
  • A soft copy of the Post Implementation System Acceptance Sign-off document (if any)
  • Claim Form with the relevant invoices from vendor
  • Any other required materials
40% of the approved quantum or actual expenditure, upon satisfactory assessment of submission
Submission within 26 months after project completion
  • Post Project Evaluation report, which includes an update on the impact to the sector
  • Claim Form with the relevant invoices (e.g. for subsequent years' subscription and maintenance fees) from vendor
  • Any other required materials
10% of the approved amount or actual expenditure, upon satisfactory assessment of submission
 
The disbursement milestones and deliverables may be subject to changes within the context of each submitted application, upon assessment and review by the VCF Evaluation Panel and the VCF Secretariat.
 
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Application Deadline
Click here to see application submission closing dates and VCF Evaluation Panel Meeting dates.
Application Procedures
  1. IPG projects typically require in-depth discussions between applicants and NCSS departments who are assessing the applications. Applicants interested in embarking on such projects are strongly encouraged to contact the VCF Secretariat early for preliminary discussions before submitting applications.
     
  2. Applicants should email the technical proposals from three comparable vendors, together with the Supplementary Form (IPG-H4 Form) to Ms Elaine Chung at elaine_chung@ncss.gov.sg; and Ms Ho Shiting at Ho_shiting@ncss.gov.sg) for preliminary assessment.

  3. The VCF Evaluation Panel meets once every two months. Please click on the VCF Evaluation Panel meetings for the submission deadlines.

  4. IPG applications submitted within the stated submission deadlines will be tabled at the corresponding Panel meeting dates as stated in the VCF Evaluation Panel meetings. Depending on the complexity of the project, completeness of the application submission, as well as the number of applications received during the specific submission window, applications may be moved to the following window.
  1.  All applications should be submitted through the Funds Application System (FAS).
    1. Login to e-services (“Login as Corporate” on the left using your CorpPass to access FAS).
    2. Click on Funding Application.
    3. Click on New Application and select Funding Application Type: IPG- IT Adoption
    4. Fill up the online application form.
    5. Upload the Supplementary Forms, Cost & Benefit Analysis (to calculate productivity savings) and other required documents.
    6. 3 comparable quotations/proposals from the external consultants (i.e. quotations/proposals should cover the same work scope) must be uploaded for projects that are above $6,000. Wherever possible, the social service agency should choose the choice that has the best value, and provide justification if it is not the lowest. The 3 quotations should have a breakdown on the software and hardware costs, costs of man-hour per day and the number of man-hours required for the project.
    7. Please email the technical proposals from three comparable vendors, together with the Supplementary form (IPG-H4 form) to Ms Elaine Chung at elaine_chung@ncss.gov.sg; and Ms Ho Shiting at Ho_shiting@ncss.gov.sg.
  1. Applicants are required to present their proposals to the VCF Evaluation Panel, unless informed otherwise by NCSS.
Contact
In view of the current COVID-19 situation, please access our e-services to minimise your time spent in public places. If you need to submit grant-related documents, please login to e-services (refer to Application Procedures above) or email/mail to the respective grant's contact person. Rest assured you will continue to receive quality service through our e-services.

Ms Elaine Chung
6210 6698
Email: Elaine_Chung@ncss.gov.sg