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Please note that benefits below are exclusive to NICA members only.

1. NICA Hardship Grant

NICA Hardship Grant provides a one-time $100 to members to help defray their financial burden under hardship circumstances. The Executive Committee may grant a higher amount depending on the hardship in which the member is in. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of his/her application through email in about 3-4 weeks upon submission of all required supporting documents. The decision made by NICA on the outcome of the application shall be final. 

Eligibility Criteria

As NICA members, you can apply for the assistance if you fulfill the following criteria:-

  • You must be Ordinary Branch members of NICA
  • Have at least 3 months of continuous union membership
  • Must be an active coach and/or instructor
  • An orange or blue CHAS holder or a successful Covid-19 Recovery Grant (CRG) applicant
You must also satisfy the conditions (listed below) to which you apply for the grant.

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Documents Required
All completed forms are to be returned to NICA together with the following applicable documents:-Hardship Grant Documents.PNG

Application Process

​Download the application form NICA Hardship Grant Form.pdf , and submit to ​

​​If you are unable to download the pdf, you may email NICA for assistance.

2. Covid-19 (C-19) Temporary Relief Scheme

NICA members who had tested COVID-19 positive or ART positive during the period from 11 Oct - 31 Dec 2021, both dates inclusive, and who fulfill the eligibility criteria are eligible to apply for this one-off relief quantum. Note that this is a once-off disbursement per Eligible Member.

If you are current an NTUC member and a freelance / self-employed coach or instructor in the fields of sports, outdoor adventures/learning, fitness, wellness, visual arts and performing arts, you can email to​ to convert your membership. Your membership tenure, linkpoints, and rebates would not be affected.

Application Process
Please submit the required documents via email:​
Please indicate [C-19 Temporary Relief Scheme] in your email title for easy reference. Our officers will contact you within 3 to 5 working days of a submitted application.

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3. Promotion of Virtual Programmes​

​​Do you have an array of virtual programmes that require greater reach and publicity?
Whether you are a sports coach, a visual and performing arts instructor, a fitness and well instructor or a lifestyle and enrichment trainer, if you have virtual programmes suitable for NTUC members and their families this June School Holiday, send the over to us!  NICA is partnering NTUC Membership to broadcast your virtual programmes to a base of 900,000 members .

  1. Fill up the form here
  2. You are strongly encouraged to send a poster of your virtual programme to after completion of form.

Please indicate [Promotion of Virtual Programme] in your email title for easy identification.

Terms and conditions:

  1. As this would be a direct outreach to the NTUC membership base, we would like to seek participating NICA members' support to extend a special rate of at least 5% off the usual price to NTUC members who present their NTUC Plus! Card or e-card.
  2. NTUC members will sign-up by emailing our members directly.
  3. Promotion is valid for first-time sign-ups only and valid until 30 June 2021. If required, NICA will seek consent from our members to extend the promotion period.

4. NICA Business Support Network and Resources

NICA members enjoy premium access to contacts, resources, and advisory for you to expand your business opportunities to adapt to the changing industry demands

This includes, but is not limited to:
1) Contacts to virtual events and productions freelancers/companies

2) Complimentary training to build online and digital capabilities via NICA Business Builder Workshops  

3) Complimentary 1-year access to LHUBGO, an online learning platform by NTUC LearningHub, with personal and business related courses curated specially by NICA for coaches and instructors. 

Read more about the list of courses at:

The courses cover the following key themes:

  1. Communications
  2. Personal Development
  3. Business
  4. Health and Lifestyle
  5. Digital Transformation
  6. Understanding Different Market Segments

Look out for NICA's email by middle of June on further details on access guide and link to courses. 

5. Short-Term Job Options for Individuals

NICA members will receive first-hand information and referral on short-term job arrangements as opportunities for alternative income streams.

Non-members can also follow our Facebook closely for updates.​

6. NTUC Care Fund (e-Vouchers) [Extended till 22 August 2021]​​

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As a caring Labour Movement, NTUC and NICA are committed to help our members in times of need through various assistance programmes. The NTUC Care Fund (e-voucher) is an assistance programme which aims to assist our members to defray your cost of basic necessities and your children's school expenses for the new school year. ​

​Application Period:

22 June 2021 to 22 August 2021


How to apply:

NICA members who meet the eligibility criteria can submit your application via the U Care System at Refer to Step-by-Step guide and Online Video Demo on how to apply.


Eligibility Criteria and Required Supporting Documents:

More detail are available here:  ​


7. NTUC TRAINING FUND (SEPs) - application closed
Please note that claim submissions are now closed as of 31 May 2021. For any claims-related enquiries, you may email

Leveraging the Government's Self-Employed Person (SEP) Support Scheme and co-funded by the Government and NTUC, the NTUC Training Fund (SEPs) allows SEPs to earn as they train.  It also aims to support SEPs in deepening and/or acquiring new competencies during this lull period, in preparation for when the economy picks up and new opportunities arise.

The NTUC Training Fund (SEPs) is applicable for courses under the SkillsFuture Series and selected sector-specific training courses.

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Find out more at: NTUC Freelancer and Self-Employed Unit​

To sign up as a NTUC Union member to enjoy the benefits:​

8. Privileges exclusive to NICA members


Prolonged Medical Leave insurance NTUC Income Prolonged Medical Leave Insurance for Self-employed Person covers self-employed persons who are hospitalised or on hospitalisation or medical leave for a prolonged period due to illness or injury.
Find out more: HERE
NICA members enjoy: 6 months waiver on first year’s premium for every new and approved Prolonged Medical Leave Insurance application.
Gigacover Gigacover Freelancer Income Protection (FLIP) insurance pays freelancers when they are unable to work due to an illness or injury, replicating the paid medical leave that employees enjoy for freelancers.
Find out more: HERE
NICA members enjoy: $90+ off 1st year FLIP premium. This is a discount of up to 85%.
General Practitioner WhiteCoat WhiteCoat is a digital healthcare provider offering on-demand integrated primary care (GP) services using real time video communication Find out more: HERE NICA members enjoy: 40% discount on the consultation fee

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Standard First Aid + AED refresher course NTUC LearningHub (Course available in Mandarin) Standard First Aid Refresher Course ‘For NROC Coaches Only’

The Standard First Aid with AED (SFA+AED) course is a pre-requisite for all sports coaches in Singapore to attain or renew their coaching license under the Singapore Sports. The aim of the course is to provide relevant knowledge and skills in rendering first aid treatment during an emergency. Read more HERE
NICA members who are Singaporeans & PR, and NROC registered: $0 - $9

To register, email: