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Sep 2019Application for Purchase Exercise (2019-20) under the Bought Place Scheme for Private Residential Care Homes for Persons with Disabilities

To increase the provision of subsidised residential care places for persons with disabilities, the Social Welfare Department is inviting operators of private residential care homes for the persons with disabilities to submit applications for the Purchase Exercise (2019-20) under the Bought Place Scheme.  Applications will close on 18 October 2019.  For details, please click here.
Sep 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation to Tender for “Processing of Applications and Provision of Services for Elderly Persons Applying for/Receiving Old Age Allowance under the Guangdong Scheme” [Tender Reference: SWD/OAA-GDS]

The Award of Contract has been announced.  For details, please click here.
Sep 2019Invitation for Proposals - Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services (2020)

The Social Welfare Department is now inviting interested Non-governmental organisations to submit proposals for the implementation of the Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services (2020).  The closing time and date of submission of application is 5:00 p.m. on 4 October 2019. 

For details, please click here
Sep 2019Invitation for Application for Joining the Second Phase of the Pilot Scheme on Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly as Recognised Service Providers

The Social Welfare Department is now inviting eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs), social enterprises (SEs), non-profit-making organisations and private organisations to submit applications for joining the Second Phase of the Pilot Scheme on Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly as Registered Service Providers.  The eligible NGOs, non-profit-making organisation and SEs can also apply for a one-off seed money for purchase of vehicle as well as furniture and equipment needed for service operation.  The closing time for submission of application is set at 5:00p.m. on 9 October 2019 (Wednesday). 

Please click here for further details.
Sep 2019One-off grant to Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) students

The Social Welfare Department will disburse a one-off grant of $2,500 to CSSA students from child care centres, kindergartens, primary and secondary schools who are eligible for flat-rate grant for selected items of school-related expenses in the 2019/20 school year starting from 23 August 2019.  The arrangement was one of a series of relief measures announced by the Financial Secretary in the 2019-20 Budget on 27 February this year.

The one-off grant will be paid through the existing CSSA payment method, i.e., through autopay to the designated bank account in general.  Recipients are not required to apply for the one-off grant. 
 
Sep 2019Additional Small Group Home Places

So Uk Small Group Home operated by Hong Kong Christian Service  has started operation with effect from 16 August 2019 providing 30 additional small group home places and five additional places of emergency/short-term care in small group homes.  
Sep 2019Support Programme for Employees with Disabilities open for applications all year round

For details of the SPED and application eligibility, please click here.

http://www.swd.gov.hk/en/index/site_pubsvc/page_rehab/sub_listofserv/id_vocational/id_sped/

Sep 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals for Operation of On-site Pre-school Rehabilitation Services (OPRS) upon Service Expansion in October 2019

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals for operation of OPRS upon service expansion in October 2019.  A total of 18 proposals were received and a Vetting Committee was set up to conduct assessment of the proposals.  Upon the recommendation of the Committee, SWD has selected the following 14 NGOs to operate the additional service places of OPRS upon service expansion in October 2019:
 
Serial
No.
Agency
(in alphabetical order)
1. Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong (The)
2. Heep Hong Society
3. Hong Kong Children and Youth Services 
4. Hong Kong Christian Service
5. Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, the Lutheran Church – Hong Kong Synod Limited
6. Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited
7. Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children
8. Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service
9. SAHK
10. Salvation Army (The)
11. St. James' Settlement
12. Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong Social Service (The)
13. Watchdog Limited
14. Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service

New service teams operated by the awarded NGOs will commence services with effect from 1 October 2019.
Sep 2019Additional and Planned Places of Rehabilitation Services

Information on additional and planned places of rehabilitation services for the period of July 2019 to December 2019 has been announced.  Please download the information here.
Sep 2019Ping Wo Fund Sponsorship Scheme 2019-20

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Sep 2019Provision of Subsidy for Internet Access Charges (SIA) to students on Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA)

The Social Welfare Department will issue on 25 July 2019 at the earliest a household-based SIA to CSSA families with children receiving primary or secondary education in receipt of the flat-rate grant for school-related expenses in the 2019/20 school year.  Full SIA for each eligible CSSA family is $1,500 for the 2019/20 school year. 

CSSA recipients are not required to make application for the subsidy.  The money will be paid to them on or after 25 July 2019 through the existing CSSA payment method, that is, normally through bank payment credited to the designated bank account.
Sep 2019Market Research for Provision of Enrolled Nurse (General) Training Programmes for the Welfare Sector

The Social Welfare Department is now conducting a market research for the provision of full-time Enrolled Nurse (General) Training Programmes for the Welfare Sector.  For more information about the market research, please click here.
Sep 2019Update on Special Needs Trust (SNT)

The Application Form and Service Introduction Video of the Special Needs Trust are uploaded onto the Special Needs Trust Scheme Homepage.

For details of the Special Needs Trust Scheme, please click here.
Sep 2019Application for 2019 Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme

To increase the provision of subsidised residential care places for the elderly and enhance the overall service quality of private residential care homes for the elderly, the Social Welfare Department is inviting operators of private residential care homes for the elderly to submit applications for the 2019 Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme.   Applications will close on 14 August 2019.  For details, please click here.
Sep 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Operating the Sixth Batch of Child Development Fund School-based Projects

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited schools to submit application for operating the Sixth Batch of Child Development Fund (CDF) School-based Projects.  Upon the recommendation of the Vetting Committee, SWD has awarded 14 projects (including one joint-school project) to 16 operating schools.

List of schools operating the Sixth Batch of CDF School-based Projects can be downloaded here.
Sep 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to Operate the new projects of Hostel for Moderately Mentally Handicapped Persons (HMMH) and Integrated Vocational Rehabilitation Services Centre (IVRSC), Day Activity Centre (DAC) cum Hostel for Severely Mentally Handicapped Persons (HSMH) at So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon; Mun Tung Estate & Ying Tung Estate, Tung Chung, Islands

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited subvented non-governmental organisations to submit proposals to operate the following projects.  The number of proposals of each project received is set out below:
 
Name of the Projects No. of Proposals
So Uk Project I
HMMH & IVRSC at Block 14 (Camellia House ), So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po
9
So Uk Project II
DAC cum HSMH at Block 14 (Camellia House ), So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po
6
Mun Tung Project
HMMH & IVRSC at Retail and Welfare Block, Mun Tung Estate, Tung Chung
3
Ying Tung Project
DAC cum HSMH at Ying Chui House, Ying Tung Estate, Tung Chung
1

A Vetting Committee (VC) was set up for each of the above projects to conduct assessment of the proposals.  Upon the recommendation of respective VCs, SWD has selected the following NGOs to operate the respective project:
 
 Name of the Projects Name of Organisations
So Uk Project I
HMMH & IVRSC at Block 14 (Camellia House ), So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po
Christian Family Service Centre
So Uk Project II
DAC cum HSMH at Block 14 (Camellia House ), So Uk Estate, Sham Shui Po
SAHK
Mun Tung Project
HMMH & IVRSC at Retail and Welfare Block, Mun Tung Estate, Tung Chung
The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council
Ying Tung Project
DAC cum HSMH at Ying Chui House, Ying Tung Estate, Tung Chung
Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited
Sep 2019Announcement of the Result of Invitation of Proposals for Operation of Specialised Co-parenting Support Centres (SCSCs)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals to operate the Specialised Co-parenting Support Centres in Hong Kong. A total of 17 proposals were received and a Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of the proposals. Upon the recommendations of the VC, SWD has selected four NGOs to operate the SCSCs in the five clusters as follows:
 
Name of Organisation Clusters (Districts) Served
The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council Hong Kong
Central & Western, Southern, Islands,
Eastern and Wan Chai
The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory CouncilThe Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory CouncilThe Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory CouncilThe Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council Kowloon East
Kwun Tong, Wong Tai Sin and Sai Kung
Hong Kong Family Welfare Society Kowloon West
Kowloon City, Yau Tsim Mong, Sham Shui Po, Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing
The Boys' and Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong New Territories East
Shatin, Tai Po and North District
St. James' Settlement  New Territories West
Yuen Long and Tuen Mun
Sep 2019Flag Day Organisers from April 2019 to March 2020

The list of Flag Day Organisers from April 2019 to March 2020 can be downloaded here.