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Media Talent Progression Programme – Overseas Development Grant

About the Overseas Development Grant for Media Professionals

The Overseas Development Grant by IMDA supports media professionals in Singapore who have been selected for international programmes and platforms that are designed to develop their skills and projects and build up their international connections and perspectives.

A project lab is typically defined as a programme or course specifically created to further the development of an individual’s skillsets or project in areas such as directing, producing, and scriptwriting.

Besides participation at labs, the Overseas Development Grant also supports participation at international project development platforms and prestigious award/competition platforms.

Who can apply?

Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents, or Singapore-registered Business Entities that engage in info-communications and media, and related activities, and must have adopted the Tripartite Standard on the Procurement of Services from Media Freelancers (TS Media Freelancers).

Applicants must be:

  • Selected and invited to a recognised project lab/development platform; OR
  • Nominated for a prestigious award at selected award/competitions platforms.

A list of the supported events can be found in the guidelines here (279.40KB).

What IMDA supports

IMDA will support up to 100% of Qualifying Cost Items or up to $50,000 per application, whichever is lower. Qualifying Cost Items are as follows:

For participation in project labs:

  • Round-trip Economy Airfare
  • Accommodation for the purposes of attending the event
  • Participation fees

For participation in project development platforms or award/competition platforms:

  • Round-trip Economy Airfare
  • Accommodation for the purpose of attending the event

How to apply

Interested applicants can submit their application enquiries to or approach an IMDA Industry Officer to discuss their application. Eligible applicants will be issued an invitation via the Online Grant Management System (OGMS).

Please download the Application Guidelines here (279.40KB).

NOTE: Applicants are advised to apply at least three weeks before the event date to allow IMDA reasonable time to process the grant. Should the applicant decide to travel before the application result is announced, please be aware that it would be at the applicant's financial risk as all applications are subject to approval.


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