Hong Kong – Applications for funding from Elder Academy Development Foundation invited

Applications for funding from Elder Academy Development Foundation invited

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     The Committee on Elder Academy Development Foundation (EADF) is inviting a new round of funding applications from school-sponsoring bodies of primary and secondary schools as well as post-secondary institutions interested in setting up elder academies (EAs), and organisations interested in organising activities that encourage elderly learning and inter-generational harmony. Applications should reach the secretariat of the Committee on EADF by May 31.



     The Elder Academy Scheme aims to promote continuous learning for elderly people, active ageing and inter-generational harmony. The EADF mainly provides funding for primary and secondary schools as well as post-secondary institutions to set up EAs to provide learning opportunities in a school setting for the elderly. Funding is also provided for activities that encourage elderly learning and inter-generational harmony.



     Each approved EA in a primary or secondary school will be provided with funding of up to $122,000 for implementing a three-year programme. EAs which completed the first three-year programme may apply for funding of up to $60,000 for running a two-year programme.



     As regards applications for organising EA courses in post-secondary institutions or other applications, the Committee on EADF will assess and decide the funding amount according to the merits of individual proposals.



     Details of the funding applications may be downloaded from the website of the EA Scheme (www.elderacademy.org.hk). For enquiries, please contact the secretariat of the Committee on EADF (3655 5861/3655 5007).

Hong Kong – Applications invited for flag days in 2023-24

Applications invited for flag days in 2023-24

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     Charitable organisations wishing to hold flag days between April 2023 and March 2024 are invited to apply to the Social Welfare Department (SWD) between April 13 and May 12 this year.



     To enable more organisations to solicit donations through flag sales, 27 flag days in 2023-24 will be assigned as regional flag days so that three organisations can sell flags concurrently on those days, one each on Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and in the New Territories. There will be 28 territory-wide flag days to be held in the year.



     An SWD spokesman said today (April 13) that applicant organisations must be bona-fide non-profit-making organisations exempt from tax under Section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112) and, after their registration for tax exemption, have organised charitable activities in each of the past three years. Applicant organisations should refer to the eligibility criteria as detailed in the “Explanatory Notes for Application for Flag Days in 2023-24”.



     “Flag day applications will be considered by the Lotteries Fund Advisory Committee according to factors including the organisation’s integrity and management capability; the nature, value and standard of its existing services; its financial need; and its ability to organise a flag day,” the spokesman said.



     The application form for flag days together with the “Explanatory Notes for Application for Flag Days in 2023-24” can be downloaded from the SWD’s website at www.swd.gov.hk or obtained from the Lotteries Fund Projects Section of the SWD at Rooms 3601-02, 36/F, Dah Sing Financial Centre, 248 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, from today to 6pm on May 12 this year. Moreover, applications for flag days in 2023-24 can be submitted online. Please refer to the SWD’s website for application details.

     

     The completed application form together with the required documents should reach the department at the above address by 6pm on May 12 this year. Late applications will not be considered.



     “Applicant organisations will be informed of the result around October this year,” the spokesman added.



     Enquiries can be made by telephone to 2832 4318 or 2832 4301; by fax to 2838 0441; or by email to eolf5@swd.gov.hk.

Canada – Accepting applications for Rediscover Main Streets initiative as of Monday, April 4

Non-profit organizations encouraged to apply for support to reanimate main streets, downtowns and neighbourhoods

April 3, 2022 · Bedford, Nova Scotia

Atlantic Canadian main streets are dynamic spaces where people gather to enjoy all that our urban and rural communities have to offer. They drive the economy as hubs of social, economic and cultural activity. The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Rediscover Main Streets initiative, is investing up to $10 million to help non-profit organizations generate new ideas that inspire residents and tourists alike to rediscover these vibrant local spaces.

During her visit to Halifax to attend the 2022 Halifax Business Awards, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, strolled the Bedford Basin Farmer’s Market on the Bedford Highway, together with Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West, to visit establishments along the way and discuss the renewed energy the area will see as locals and visitors return and reconnect. 

Minister Petitpas Taylor and MP Diab also took the opportunity to remind people they met that ACOA will accept applications for Rediscover Main Streets starting Monday, April 4, 2022. 

Non-profit organizations, including business improvement associations, tourism associations, chambers of commerce, and destination marketing organizations, are encouraged to submit projects that will reanimate Atlantic Canadian main streets, big and small. 

Whether adding exciting elements to existing festivals, creating new events, animating streetscapes, or implementing marketing campaigns, Rediscover Main Streets projects will help Atlantic Canadians rediscover their favourite places and be reminded of all their communities have to offer. 

By supporting locally and provincially tailored initiatives, the Government of Canada is taking real action to build a strong and resilient economy that is innovative, diverse and inclusive.

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Canada – Applications launched for $200 million fund to support pollution-cutting projects through the Low Carbon Economy Fund

On January 27, 2022, the Government of Canada opened the second round of applications for $200 million in funding for climate action initiatives through the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund Champions stream.

On January 27, 2022, the Government of Canada opened the second round of applications for $200 million in funding for climate action initiatives through the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Fund Champions stream.

The Champions stream is open to a wide range of applicants, including:

provincial governments, bodies, and boards
territorial governments, bodies, and boards
regional, local, and municipal governments
First Nations, Métis, and Inuit governments, communities, and organizations
public sector bodies and boards
not-for-profit organizations
private sector for-profit small, medium, and large businesses

Applicants can request between $1 million and $25 million in funding for eligible project expenditures, with cost-share ranging from 25 percent to 75 percent of total project costs depending on the recipient type.

The maximum federal share for specific recipients is as follows:

25 percent for for-profit private sector businesses
40 percent for regional, local, and municipal governments
40 percent for not-for-profit organizations
50 percent for provincial governments, bodies, and boards
75 percent for territorial governments, bodies, and boards
75 percent for Indigenous communities and organizations

This intake has a two-stage application process:

Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest to see if their project is eligible by March 25, 2022
Applicants then submit a Formal Proposal to evaluate projects on their merit by May 2022

Since its launch in 2018, the Low Carbon Economy Challenge (including the Champions stream) has supported approximately ninety projects with an investment of nearly $275 million. Here are some examples of successful projects:

City of Saint John received up to $5.9 million for the District Energy System Project to install a renewable heating and cooling system in a commercial complex, as well as to perform energy retrofits in up to fifty municipal buildings across the city. Through this project, the City of Saint John is reducing greenhouse gas emissions through innovative renewable energy sources and deep energy retrofits.
City of Peterborough received up to $6.1 million for the Peterborough Organics Project to develop a centralized composting centre to divert food, leaf, and yard waste from landfills. This will prevent 32,000 tonnes of organic debris from entering the landfill each year.
Cowessess First Nation received over $630,000 for the Community Buildings Solar Project to install solar arrays on five community-owned buildings. This project is helping the community produce its own energy—displacing about 60 percent of its annual electricity consumption from the grid—while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Centre de Traitement de la Biomasse de la Montérégie received up to $3 million to install new equipment to convert organic and food waste into renewable energy and hygienic dried bio-fertilizer. Through this project, the Centre de Traitement de la Biomasse de la Montérégie is improving air and water quality in its community, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and enriching local soil. (Link in French only.)

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Hong Kong – Applications for Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships and Scholarships for Overseas Studies 2022/23

Applications for Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fellowships and Scholarships for Overseas Studies 2022/23

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The following is issued on behalf of the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council:

     The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council reminded interested applicants today (August 2) that its Fellowships and Scholarships for Overseas Studies (including the award for students with disabilities) for the academic year 2022/23 have been accepting applications since July 2.
 
     The fellowships and scholarships aim at encouraging outstanding students to pursue further studies in reputable institutions overseas. Successful candidates for the awards are expected to have a strong sense of commitment to Hong Kong and be ready to contribute significantly to the community upon graduation.
 
     The fellowships are for studies leading to postgraduate degrees either by research or by coursework; the scholarships are for studies leading to undergraduate degrees.
 
     The applicants will be responsible for fulfilling all application procedures and admission requirements of the academic institutions of their choice.
 
     The maximum value of a fellowship is HK$300,000 per year, tenable for up to three years for a doctoral degree or two years for a master’s degree. The maximum value of a scholarship is HK$280,000 per year, tenable for up to three years.
 
     Application forms and information notes can be downloaded from the website of the Student Finance Office of the Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency at www.wfsfaa.gov.hk/sfo/en/forms/form.htm.
 
     The documents are also available at the following offices:
 
(a)     Student Finance Office
         Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency
         Reception Hall, 11/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices
         303 Cheung Sha Wan Road
         Kowloon
 
(b)     Trust Funds and Temples Joint Secretariat
          Reception Counter, 34/F, Wu Chung House
          213 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
          Hong Kong
 
     For enquiries, please call (852) 2150 6097 or (852) 2150 6098.
 
     The closing date for all applications is September 17, 2021. For Fellowships and Scholarships for Overseas Studies, short-listed applicants will be invited to attend interviews in Hong Kong. The first round of interviews is scheduled for January 2022. If found suitable, applicants will be invited for a final interview to be held around February/March 2022. Applicants short-listed for the Overseas Fellowship/Scholarship for Disabled Students will be invited to attend one round of interview in Hong Kong around February/March 2022.