Schemes and Initiatives
Published Date: 16 April 2020

Variable Capital Companies (VCC) Grant Scheme


The Variable Capital Company (VCC) is a new corporate structure tailored for investment funds. MAS launched a Variable Capital Companies Grant Scheme (VCCGS) under the Financial Sector Development Fund (FSDF) to co-fund qualifying expenses paid to Singapore-based service providers for work done in Singapore, in relation to the incorporation or registration of a VCC.

This scheme is valid till 15 January 2023.

Update: For a foreign corporate entity re-domiciled to Singapore as a VCC, application forms can be submitted within (3) months from the date of ACRA's approval of the VCC's evidence of de-registration.

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Grant Details

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Applicant Eligibility Qualifying Fund ManagersRefers to: (i) a licensed fund management company, i.e., a holder of a capital markets services license for fund management under section 86 of the Securities and Futures Act (Cap. 289) (“SFA”); (ii) a registered fund management company, i.e. a corporation which is exempted from holding a capital markets services licence under paragraph 5(1)(i) of the Second Schedule to the Securities and Futures (Licensing and Conduct of Business) Regulations; or (iii) a financial institution exempted under sections 99(1)(a), (b), (c) or (d) of the SFA from the requirement to hold a capital markets services licence to carry on business in fund management, i.e., a bank licensed under the Banking Act (Cap. 19), a merchant bank approved under the MAS Act (Cap. 186), a finance company licensed under the Finance Companies Act (Cap. 108) or a company or co-operative society licensed under the Insurance Act (Cap. 142). that have incorporated a VCC or have successfully re-domiciled a foreign corporate entity to Singapore as a VCC, and have obtained a notice of incorporation or transfer of registration from ACRA.
Project Eligibility

This grant is open to Qualifying Fund Managers that have incorporated VCCs or re-domiciled a foreign corporate entity to Singapore as a VCC. The following conditions apply:

  • The set up of the VCC cannot be simultaneously funded by other government grants/incentives with respect to the same set of qualifying costs and commitments
  • Each applicant may only apply for the VCCGS for work done in relation to a maximum of three (3) VCCs that have been successfully incorporated or re-domiciled
  • Qualifying expenses must be paid to Singapore-based service providers for work done in Singapore in relation to the incorporation and registration of VCCs and their sub funds
  • A Qualifying Fund Manager may not claim co-funding under the grant scheme solely for registration of sub-funds (without the accompanying incorporation or transfer of registration of a VCC). However, a Qualifying Fund Manager may claim qualifying set up costs incurred for the registration of sub-funds as part of the set up of an umbrella VCC and
  • Applicants should formally submit their applications within three (3) months from the date on the notice of incorporation or notice of transfer of registration issued by ACRA (for a newly incorporated VCC) or within three (3) months from the date of ACRA's approval of the VCC's evidence of de-registration (for a foreign corporate entity re-domiciled to Singapore as a VCC).
Funding 

70% co-funding of qualifying expenses listed below, capped at $150,000 per VCC.

  • Legal services
  • Tax services
  • Administration or regulatory compliance services

Please refer to the downloadable VCCGS factsheet for full details on qualifying expenses: VCC Grant Scheme Factsheet  (139.8 KB)

Minimum Operational Period  A VCC which has been awarded a grant under the VCCGS is required to remain operational for at least one year from the Registration Date. This means that the VCC cannot be wound up within the first year from the Registration Date. In the event that the VCC is wound up within the first year from the Registration Date, the Qualifying Fund Manager is to inform MAS promptly and no later by the end of one week from the date of the application for the winding up or passing of resolution for a voluntary winding up. MAS reserves the right to claw back the grant awarded if the VCC is wound up within the first year from the Registration Date and/or if the recipient fails to inform MAS of the winding up of the VCC within one week from the date of the winding up.

How to Apply

Interested parties may further engage MAS to discuss their proposed project ideas at VCC-FSDF@mas.gov.sg