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CIF Workplace Integration Resource (WIRe)

The Community Integration Fund (CIF) Workplace Integration Resource (WIRe) is an initiative by the National Integration Council (NIC) in support of OneWorkplace.sg to encourage companies to initiate workplace integration efforts. Interested companies can tap on CIF WIRe funding by selecting and carrying out the programme options available under the themes of:

  1. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) volunteerism
  2. Team Bonding and Interaction

Companies interested in implementing other types of programmes which can also achieve integration outcomes can consider submitting an application based on the general CIF guidelines.

CIF Workplace Integration Resource (WIRe)

How companies will benefit from CIF WIRe

To help companies meet their workplace integration needs, CIF WIRe provides funding as well as programme options which can be easily adopted.

With these integration activities, companies can better provide employees opportunities for meaningful interactions with colleagues from different nationalities and backgrounds, and support them in developing open mindsets and greater inter-personal trust. All in all, these can contribute to more engaged employees, better teamwork and more positive business outcomes.

About the OneWorkplace.sg initiative

The OneWorkplace.sg initiative is led by the National Integration Working Group for Workplaces (NIWG-W), which supports the NIC in fostering inclusive and harmonious workplaces in Singapore. Comprising members from the government, industry and the unions, NIWG-W engages industry partners to raise awareness of the importance of pro-active management of employees from different cultures and nationalities.

The initiative augments on-going efforts by the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) and Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) to help employers in Singapore respond effectively to the increasing diversity of our workforce.

Who can apply?

CIF WIRe is open to companies in Singapore registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA). To get started, companies need to register a point of contact with TAFEP/SNEF to join OneWorkplace.sg and tap on CIF WIRe.

Please ensure that you have at least 20 participants* in the proposed programme, with a good mix of local and non-local staff across different management levels.

*This could be a company's staff or business partners who work closely with the company, but should exclude the staff's family members and beneficiaries.

How does it work?

Companies can tap on CIF funding by selecting and carrying out the programme options available under these themes:

Type 1: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Projects
These are service-to-community activities. Companies that take up this option can be reimbursed up to 80% of the project costs, capped at $100 per head (whichever is lower). 

Type 1 (CSR) Programme Options

Programmes from Giving.sg

Companies will choose a suitable project from Giving.sg to sign up with your local and non-local staff.
A list of recommended projects are also provided.

Note:

  • Some costs for food, transport and misc items.
  • CIF WIRe support: 80% of costs capped at $100/pax or $30,000 whichever is lower. 

HeritageCares

Companies who sign up for HeritageCares will be paired with participants from a suitable
Social Service Agency (SSA), on programmes at NHB’s Museums and Heritage Institutions.

Note:

  • Suitable for 10 – 40 pax.
  • Some costs for food, transport and entrance fees to museums.
  • CIF WIRe support: 80% of costs capped at $100/pax or $30,000 whichever is lower.

Programmes from RSVP's Corporate Partnership

Companies who choose this CIF WIRe Programme Option will partner RSVP Singapore in
its Corporate Partnership programmes to execute meaningful CSR projects for beneficiaries
and to inspire their employees to serve the needs of the community.

Note:

  • Programmes will cost between $1,500 to $3,000.
  • CIF WIRe support: 80% of costs capped at $100/pax or $30,000 whichever is lower.

In response to MOH's advisory on COVID-19, RSVP will be postponing CSR events until further notice.
Thank you for your understanding.

Type 2: Interactive or Bonding Projects
These projects aim to promote positive interactions and trust between local and non-local employees. Companies that take up this option can be reimbursed up to 60% of the project costs, capped at $100 per head (whichever is lower).

Type 2 (Bonding and Interaction) Programme Options - currently not available.

Please note that the maximum cap for WIRe funding is $30,000 per project. All funding will only be provided on reimbursement basis.

Application Process
Before submitting an application, you will need to identify the CIF WIRe programme option you wish to apply for. Please refer to the following diagram to understand the process from application to reimbursement:


CIF Workplace Integration Resource Application Process

Qualifying and Non-Qualifying Costs
CIF WIRe is subject to the same Qualifying and Non-Qualifying costs as CIF.

Reimbursement process

The grant is given on a reimbursement basis. Should you be successful in your application, you will need to submit all required documents for reimbursement within three months of the end of the project.

Reimbursement will then be computed based on actual income and qualifying expenditure. For CIF WIRe, the final amount you will receive will be capped at i) $100 per participant or ii) $30,000 per project, whichever is lower.

Funds will be disbursed within a month after the satisfactory submission of all required documents for reimbursement and clarification.

Apply

Please submit a CIF application form on the OurSG Grants portal and indicate "WIRe Type #" in the project title.

FAQs

  1. Can I apply for CIF WIRe without registering a point of contact with TAFEP/SNEF?
    No. This is mandatory for any company that wishes to apply for CIF WIRe.
  2. How is the CIF WIRe different from CIF?
    CIF WIRe is a special scheme mainly suitable for companies in Singapore who are new to workplace integration programmes, or to the CIF. It provides programme options that are easy to implement, as well as clear funding perimeters and caps. Companies with innovative project ideas outside the scope of WIRe programme options may wish to apply for CIF.
  3. Can a company apply for CIF and CIF WIRe at the same time? Is there a limit to the number of applications by a company?
    Companies are allowed to apply for CIF and CIF WIRe at the same time, but for different projects. There is no limit to the number of applications you may submit. However, the total sum awarded to any one organisation will be taken into consideration in the application assessment.
  4. What costs do CIF WIRe funding support?
    The CIF WIRe supports costs such as event management fees, catering, transportation and project management. Third-party consultancy services may not be necessary as all programme options provide suggestions on how you can conduct the programmes and what resources the company would need. For some templates, especially for Type 1, you will already be partnered with a Social Service Organisation to carry out the project. Hence it is not necessary to seek the services of a third-party consultant.
  5. How much can I change the programme options to suit my needs? Can I tap on CIF WIRe but propose a similar programme that also meets integration outcomes?
    CIF WIRe can only support the available programme options. Companies planning to conduct other integration programmes may wish to apply for CIF.
Last updated on 14 June 2021