Local Enterprise and Association Development Programme (LEAD)
The Local Enterprise and Association Development Programme (LEAD) is overseen by Enterprise Singapore and supports efforts by Trade Associations and Chambers (TACs) to drive industry initiatives, focusing on areas like technology and infrastructure, business collaborations, as well as intelligence and research.
The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) administers LEAD as a partner agency to support tourism-related associations by strengthening their capabilities to enable them to take on a greater leadership role to drive the development and growth of their respective industries and precincts.
Note: STB's Association Development Fund (ADF) is combined under LEAD with effect from 1 April 2018.
The LEAD is open to trade associations and chambers (TACs) which can include Singapore-registered societies, professional bodies, unions of employers, overseas business chambers and companies limited by guarantee.
These include Singapore-registered tourism-related associations from industries (such as attractions, hotels, travel agents, tourist guides, MICE, cruise) and from precincts (such as Orchard Road, Chinatown, Little India and Sentosa-Harbourfront).
Proposed projects should involve areas such as training, technology & infrastructure development, business capabilities development, as well as market & channel development and brand development.
For tourism-related projects, you may contact the STB Incentive Policy Department at STB_Incentives@stb.gov.sg for more information. For all other projects, you may contact Enterprise Singapore at enquiry@enterpriseSG.gov.sg for more information on application requirements.
LEVEL OF SUPPORT
Successful applicants will receive funding support of up to 70% of qualifying costs, subject to the scope of the project and STB's evaluation of the merits of the project. Examples of qualifying costs include third-party costs related to professional services, equipment and materials, business development, training and manpower-related costs.
High-impact projects done in collaboration amongst TACs can receive support of up to 90%. Models of multi-TAC partnerships include collaborations within and across industries, or consortiums where larger TACs step up to take the initiative to engage and support smaller TACs to work towards common outcomes.
Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Generally, we would take into account various factors including, but not limited to, the association's financial position and operating track record, developmental plans for the industry or precinct, and the nature of the projects.
Interested tourism-related associations should email to STB_Incentives@stb.gov.sg with a brief description of the association's aims and the proposed projects, and an STB officer will be in touch to assist you further.
Prior application and approval for the grant must be attained before the commencement of the project(s).
DISBURSEMENT OF GRANT
Grants will be disbursed to successful applicants on a reimbursement basis, subject to achievement of the agreed project deliverables and milestones. Applicants are required to submit third-party audited documents on qualifying costs for the disbursement of grants, unless otherwise stated.