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Development Assistance

last updated 19 January 2018

​Good ideas and stories are important as a first step to any ​strong media product or offering. IMDA helps companies come up with compelling stories and ideas that can be developed and subsequently, be ready for production.

Development Assistance provides grants that help companies to develop an idea into a script, game design, manuscript or storyboard. 

An overview of the grant application process can be found here.

  • Individual applicant must be a Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Resident.
  • Singapore-registered companies with Media as one of their Singapore Standard Industrial Classification (SSIC) code.

If you would like to find out if your company is listed in the Media SSIC code, enter your SSIC code here.


Development Assistance goes towards supporting up to 70% of the expenses for a range of development activities including:

SectorDevelopment Activities Supported
  • Presentation bible (digital & printed)
  • Style guide (for Licensing & Merchandising)
  • Pilot Episode Script
  • Pilot

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(International TV)
  • Proposal and execution plan
  • Concept / sizzle reel
  • Pilot episode
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  • Short film

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Please click here for updates on the Call-for-Proposal (CFP) dates for Development Assistance (D-Assist) Scheme (Short Film). 

  • PC / Console Games playable prototype
  • Mobile Games
  • Playable prototype
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Online Media
  • Concept / Sizzle Reel
  • Pilot Episode or Pilot Series

Download application guidelines

  • Interested applicants can submit their application enquiries via the Online Feedback Form.

  • Funding decision will be made and conveyed to the applicant within eight (8) weeks of receipt of completed application form and supporting documents.

  • For successful application, a Letter of Offer will be issued by IMDA through the Online Grant Management System (OGMS), and the applicant will need to formally accept the offer through OGMS before the date specified in OGMS.

  • The Letter of Offer needs to be formally accepted through OGMS before the milestone claim can be made.

If you are interested to know more about IMDA’s grant schemes, please contact us via our Online Feedback Form.

What is the definition of Related-Party?

The following definitions are to be adopted in the context of IMDA media schemes:

A. Individual to Individual

An individual is related to another individual if he or she is:

  • A spouse of the individual; or
  • A child of the individual or that of the individual’s spouse; or 
  • A dependant of the individual or the individual’s spouse. Dependants are defined as any parent, spouse or child (legally adopted or illegitimate) living with him/her and/or receiving financial contribution from him/her for living expenses or as source of income.

B. Individual to Entity

An individual is related to an entity if:

  • The individual, or any of the related persons defined as above, has control (e.g. majority voting rights) or joint control (e.g. share majority voting rights) over the entity.

C. Entity to Entity

An entity is related to another entity if:

  • One entity has control (e.g. majority voting rights) or joint control (e.g. share majority voting rights) over the other entity.

If any potential supplier/service provider for the project is a related-party, grant applicants are reminded to make the appropriate declaration to IMDA when submitting their grant application. Do note that any related-party transaction incurred by grant applicants, that had not been declared to IMDA and approved by IMDA, would not be funded.