In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore, takeaways from food outlets have been the main mode for most households to get their daily meals. In the spotlight are hawkers and much has been done to help hawkers to get through the circuit breaker. Hawker centres are regulated by the National Environment Agency (NEA) and here are some initiatives which the NEA has put in place for hawkers.
- Hawkers’ Productivity Grant
About The Grant
The Hawkers’ Productivity Grant (HPG) is a funding support to encourage individual stallholders to be more productive with the use of automation equipment. The HPG will co-fund the purchase of suitable automation equipment by stallholders, to help them achieve higher productivity in preparing and serving of sale items to customers through the use of technology.
Eligible stallholder can claim 80% of the equipment unit cost (excluding GST) on a reimbursement basis, capped at $5,000 over three years. Equipment that has been funded by other grant schemes will not be supported.
To be eligible for the funding support, the stallholder must satisfy the following conditions:
- Is a registered stallholder with a valid hawker licence issued by NEA / SFA
- Has a valid Tenancy Agreement with NEA or NEA-appointed operators, with balance tenancy term of at least one (1) year
- Complies with any terms and conditions as imposed by NEA
Equipment that qualify for the grant are listed in the Automation Equipment List [PDF, 322.45 KB], which will ease stallholders’ selection of equipment for purchase.
Suppliers who are keen to place their product catalogue in NEA One-Stop Information and Service Centre can contact our NEA Officers. Please note that the catalogue will be reviewed before display.
You may refer to the list of Suppliers’ Catalogues. (Information is accurate as at 23 March 2020)
Step 1: Submit Application Online
Login to Hawkers Online Portal using SingPass
i) Supplier’s quotation with equipment unit cost
ii) Brochure with equipment model and technical specifications, etc
iii) Copy of bank book or e-statement that shows bank account and holder’s name
Step 2: Purchase Equipment
Stallholder can proceed to purchase the equipment
i) upon receipt of Letter of Offer (LOO) and;
ii) return Letter of Acceptance (LOA) to NEA within 30 days
Step 3: Submit Claim
Stallholder can submit documents by post or by hand at NEA One-Stop Information and Service Centre.
Original documents required:
– Disbursement Request Form
– Itemised invoice and receipt
– Direct Credit Authorisation (DCA) Form
– Others (if applicable)
Step 4: Funds Disbursed
NEA will disburse the grant amount to stallholder’s bank account within 30 working days.
To learn more, visit the NEA website at:
- Three-Month Rental Waivers and Care Packages
To help stallholders with their operating costs, it was earlier announced that as part of the Resilience Budget, all stallholders in hawker centres managed by NEA or NEA-appointed operators are able to enjoy a three-month rental waiver, with a minimum sum of $200 per month. This will be inclusive of the one-month rental waiver which was previously announced under the Stabilisation and Support Package during Budget 2020. Stallholders will benefit from the rental waiver progressively – they will receive a monthly 50 per cent rental waiver from March to June and a monthly 25 per cent rental waiver from July to October.
During this COVID-19 period, our stallholders have been stepping up cleaning efforts and implementing measures to upkeep good public hygiene, as well as working tirelessly so that Singaporeans can continue to enjoy our favourite hawker food. As part of ongoing efforts to support our stallholders amid the COVID-19 outbreak, 14,000 care packages have been prepared and will be distributed to all stallholders located across 114 hawker centres in Singapore.
Each care package contains cleaning products, which can be used for cleaning of fixtures and food preparation areas as well as washing of cooking equipment and crockery, and a voucher which can be used to purchase items ranging from cleaning products to cooking ingredients and condiments. Cleaning guides with easy to follow instructions are also provided so that stallholders can achieve good cleaning results from these cleaning products. To tailor to the cleaning needs of stallholders, the cleaning products will also vary between the care packages provided to stallholders of cooked food stalls and those of non-cooked food stalls. In addition, a thermometer and a log book have been included in the care package to help hawkers keep track of their temperature, monitor their general health status, and give confidence to their patrons.
To learn more, visit the NEA website at:
- NEA to provide $500 funding for cooked food stallholders who sign up for food delivery services
To further step up assistance to cooked food stallholders operating at Singapore’s hawker centres, a one-time funding of S$500 will be given to stallholders who engage food delivery platforms or third-party logistics partners to deliver food to their customers during the period between 7 April and 31 May 2020, including those who have signed up for food delivery services before 7 April 2020.
To assist stallholders who engage food delivery platforms or third-party logistics partners to provide food delivery during this period, the National Environment Agency (NEA) will provide a one-time funding of S$500 per cooked food stallholder operating in hawker centres managed by NEA or NEA-appointed operators. This is to mitigate the cost for stallholders who wish to engage food delivery services but are concerned about the onboarding fees, as well as to help defray other costs associated with food delivery. This funding will be the latest in a series of initiatives by NEA to support cooked food stallholders during this period, which includes subsidy for table-cleaning and centralised dishwashing services, as well as full rental waiver from April to May and a 50 per cent rental waiver in March and June 2020.
To receive the funding, stallholders are required to submit documentation of their agreement with the food delivery platform or third-party logistics player, along with any proof of food delivery orders made via them between 7 April and 31 May to [email protected]. Upon verification, NEA will disburse the full S$500 amount to the stallholder’s bank account.
Do you know any hawker who may be unaware of the various schemes and initiatives that are in place to help them? Do forward this information to them. Together, we can keep our Singapore hawker culture alive!
The Little Big Red Dot Media Team