Digital Resilience Bonus (DRB)
The Digital Resilience Bonus (DRB) is a bonus payout up to $10,000 for businesses in the F&B and Retail sectors — the industries hardest hit by COVID-19. DRB aims to encourage F&B and Retail businesses to adopt new or improve their existing digital capabilities in order to adapt to post-COVID norms.
F&B and Retail businesses incorporated on or before 26 May 2020 can adopt pre-defined categories of digital solutions, outlined by IMDA, by 30 June 2021 in order to receive up to $10,000. The payout amount is dependent on the number of categories adopted. Businesses must also register for PayNow Corporate and the Nationwide e-Invoicing network to be eligible.
FirstCom Solutions was one of the first digital agencies to implement DRB solutions for 400 F&B and Retail businesses during its initial launch. During this time, we’ve come across several frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding the DRB and have compiled them here in this FAQ page.
Q1. What type of F&B Business qualifies for DRB?
If your business UEN falls under the following SSIC, your F&B business is eligible for DRB.
|56112||Cafes and coffee houses|
|56121||Fast food outlets|
|56122||Food courts, coffee shops and eating houses|
|56123||Snack bars and food kiosks|
|56140||Food court or mobile food hawkers with stalls selling cooked food and prepared drinks|
|10712*||Manufacturers of breads, cakes and confectionary|
*Only applicable to companies with shopfronts
Q2. What type of Retail Business qualifies for DRB?
Retail businesses that qualify for DRB include footwear, bags, clothing, furniture, jewellery, watches, cosmetics, hardware, pet supplies, toys, books, handphones and computer hardware.
For a full list of qualified Retail businesses with SSIC codes, download the PDF from IMDA’s DRB Bonus Webpage here.
Q3. What if my SSIC is outdated or no longer reflects my main business activity?
F&B and Retail businesses with outdated SSIC codes can submit an appeal subject to IMDA and ESG’s evaluation and approval.
You can appeal by completing the forms with the necessary supporting documents at:
Q4. How do I know if my business is eligible for DRB?
To be eligible for DRB, your business must meet the following criteria:
- UEN under the F&B or Retail sector
- Incorporated before or on 26 May 2020
- Have an active PayNow Corporate account
- Be connected to the nationwide e-invoicing network
Q5. How do I apply for DRB?
You do not need to apply for DRB. As a solution’s provider, we will submit your UEN and usage information to IMDA on your behalf.
Q6. How and when will I receive my DRB payout?
Once approved, you will receive your DRB payout via your PayNow Corporate account. IMDA assesses eligibility based on whether the digital solution was used, and processes payouts on a monthly basis.
Q7. Can I still receive the DRB bonus if I have previously applied for the Productivity Solutions Grant (PSG)?
Yes, the DRB is an additional incentive on top of the PSG. You will be able to receive both as long as respective criteria are met.