Help is on the way!
Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on the community and economy so to help ease the financial burden of the pandemic, the government is handing out a one-off Solidarity Payment of $600 to all Singaporeans aged 21 and above. If you've provided your bank account details to the Government, the payment will be credited to you directly by April 14. Those without internet banking will be issued cheques from April 30. Citizens eligible for the payment will be notified via SMS from April 15.
The $600 comprises $300 from the earlier announced Care and Support Package as well as the freshly announced $300 payout. Other payouts under the Care and Support package are also being brought forward from August to June this year. This includes an additional $300 for each parent with a child aged 20 and below and a $100 PAssion Card top-up for Singaporeans aged 50 and older.
For those among us who are better off, you can choose to give your payout to those who need it more. If you do wish to help out other communities in this period, there are many charities that could do with some donations.
There are also many options available if you do need additional support for your situation like The Courage Fund, which offers grants for families and individuals. Other grants include the Temporary Relief Fund, which will provide a one-off cash amount of $500 to those who have lost their income in these times. The Covid-19 Support Grant aims to provide longer-term financial aid and job support and is opening in May for applications.