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Mar 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to Operate New Special Child Care Centre cum Early Education and Training Centres in Sham Shui Po and Tseung Kwan O

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations to submit proposals to operate three new Special Child Care Centre (SCCC) cum Early Education and Training Centres (EETCs) at Sham Shui Po and Tseung Kwan O district.  A total of 17 proposals were received and a Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of the proposals.  Upon the recommendation of the VC, SWD has selected the following NGOs to operate the respective project:
 
Name of the Projects  Name of Organisations
SCCC cum EETC at Hoi Tat Estate, Sham Shui Po Po Leung Kuk
SCCC cum EETC at Seaside Sonata, Sham Shui Po  Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, the Lutheran Church - Hong Kong Synod Limited
SCCC cum EETC at Yung Ming Court, Tseung Kwan O Heep Hong Society
Mar 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals for Operation of the Pilot Project on Tier 1 Support Services in Kindergartens/Kindergarten-cum-Child Care Centres

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals for operation of the Pilot Project on Tier 1 Support Services in Kindergartens/Kindergarten-cum-Child Care Centres (the Pilot Project).  A total of 11 proposals were received and a Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of the proposals.  Upon the recommendation of the VC, SWD has selected the following six NGOs to operate the Pilot Project for 20 months:
 
Serial No.  Organisation
(in alphabetical order)
1. Caritas - Hong Kong
2. Heep Hong Society
3. Hong Kong Christian Service
4. Po Leung Kuk
5. SAHK
6. Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
Mar 2020Invitation to Operate the Seventh Batch of Child Development Fund School-based Projects (2020/21 school year)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) is now inviting interested schools to submit proposals for operating the Seventh Batch of CDF School-based Projects, which are to be launched in the school year of 2020/21.  The closing time and date of submission of application is 5:00 pm on 22 May 2020 (Friday).

The applicant school must be a public sector school (including government schools, aided schools and caput schools) or a school under the Direct Subsidy Scheme.  Except for government schools, the applicant school must have a "certificate of registration" under Section 3 of the Education Ordinance (Chapter 279).  Through formulating and implementing the personal development plans, the projects aim to encourage children from a disadvantaged background to develop an asset-building habit as well as accumulate savings and intangible assets (such as positive attitude, personal resilience and capacities, social networks etc.) which are important assets for their future development.

A Guide on Application Procedures, comprising "How to Apply", "Service Specifications", “Assessment Mechanism” and "Application Form" can be downloaded here:

- Guide on Application Procedures for the Seventh Batch of CDF School-based Projects (PDF Document PDF document)

- Application Form ( PDF Document PDF document)

For enquiries, please contact the Child Development Fund Office at 2892 5540.
Mar 2020Withdrawal of social security payment outside Hong Kong by recipients/appointees of Portable Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme, Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme

To strictly control the epidemic of coronavirus, Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has imposed a 14-day compulsory quarantine on people (including Hong Kong residents) entering Hong Kong from the Mainland since 8 February 2020 until further notice. 

Recipients/Appointees of the Portable Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme, Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme may not be able to return to Hong Kong as usual to withdraw Comprehensive Social Security Assistance/Old Age Allowance/Old Age Living Allowance due to the above measure.  To facilitate the withdrawal of monthly assistance/allowance outside Hong Kong by the recipients/appointees, retail banks in Hong Kong have put in place a special arrangement, supporting the use of the ATM cards (including debit cards and those credit cards with cash withdrawal function) issued by banks in Hong Kong to withdraw cash outside Hong Kong, and allowing recipients/appointees of the above schemes to activate the function of cash withdrawal on the Mainland of China of their ATM cards, through different bank channels (including bank hotlines) without the need to return to Hong Kong in-person, for the convenience of withdrawing assistance/allowance outside Hong Kong.  For details, please click the links below:

(The Hong Kong Association of Banks website)
http://www.hkab.org.hk/DisplayArticleAction.do?sid=5&ss=7&lang=en

(List of banks providing ATM cash withdrawal service outside Hong Kong)
https://www.hkab.org.hk/download.jsp?isTemp=N&section_id=5&file_name=Activation of Capability of ATM Cash Withdrawal Outside HK.pdf

Mar 2020Commissioning Non-governmental Organisations to Operate the Employment Support Services (1 April 2020 to 30 September 2025)

The Social Welfare Department commissions non-governmental organisations to operate the Employment Support Services (1 April 2020 to 30 September 2025).  For details, please click here.
Mar 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to Operate the New Project of a Supported Hostel for Mentally Handicapped Persons [SHOS(MH)] at Lai Tsui Court, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon and a Supported Hostel for Mentally/ Physically Handicapped Persons [SHOS(MPH)] at Shek Mun Estate, Shatin, New Territories

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited subvented non-governmental organisations to submit proposals to operate the following projects.  The number of proposals received of each project is set out below:
 
Name of the Project No. of Proposals
Lai Tsui Court Project

[SHOS(MH)] at Lai Tsui Shopping Centre, Lai Tsui Court, Sham Shui Po
9
Shek Mun Estate Project

[SHOS(MPH)] at Social Services Building, Shek Mun Estate, Shatin
5
 
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 Project Name of Organisations
Lai Tsui Court Project

[SHOS(MH)] at Lai Tsui Shopping Centre, Lai Tsui Court, Sham Shui Po
Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service
Shek Mun Estate Project

[SHOS(MPH)] at Social Services Building, Shek Mun Estate, Shatin
St. James’ Settlement

 
Mar 2020Announcement of the Results of Invitation for Proposals to operate Subvented Day Care Centres for the Elderly (DE)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals to operate two new Day Care Centres for the Elderly at (i) 1/F, Fu Fai House, Fu Shan Estate, Wong Tai Sin and (ii) G/F, Chun Yi House, Chun Yeung Estate, Fo Tan, Sha Tin.  Two Vetting Committee (VCs) were set up to conduct assessment of all the proposals received. Upon the recommendations of the VCs, SWD has selected the following NGOs to operate the two DEs:

(i) The Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society Kowloon to operate the DE at 1/F, Fu Fai House, Fu Shan Estate, Wong Tai Sin
(ii) Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited to operate the DE at G/F, Chun Yi House, Chun Yeung Estate, Fo Tan, Sha Tin
Mar 2020Application Deadline Extended for the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged – the Sixth Round Dedicated Portion

In view of the latest situation of novel coronavirus outbreak and the extended suspension of classes in school, the deadline for submission of applications for the Partnership Fund for the Disadvantaged – the Sixth Round Dedicated Portion will be extended from 31 March 2020 (Tuesday) to 5 May 2020 (Tuesday) so as to allow more time for applicants to prepare and submit their applications.  For enquiries, please contact the Secretariat on 3468 2710.
Mar 2020Flag Day Organisers from April 2020 to March 2021

The list of Flag Day Organisers from April 2020 to March 2021 can be downloaded here.
Mar 2020Outreaching Teams for Ethnic Minorities

The Social Welfare Department commissioned three non-governmental organisations to set up three outreaching teams for ethnic minorities (OTEM) on mainly Hong Kong Island, in Kowloon and the New Territories on 1.3.2020 to proactively reach out to ethnic minorities (EMs) and connect those in need with mainstream welfare services.  The outreaching team acts as a gateway to mainstream welfare services for EMs to early identify the needy EMs for early intervention through the provision of a package of services with the objectives of forestalling occurrence of family problems, enhancing the problem solving capacity, family relationship and support network of EM service users for early integration into the local community in pursuit of social inclusion and racial harmony.

Please click here for further details.
Mar 2020SWD launches Child Care Centre Special Grant

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) launched a Child Care Centre Special Grant on 27 February 2020 to provide assistance to aided and non-aided child care centres (CCCs) to tide over the financial difficulties arising from the suspension of their services due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.  The special grant is one of the items approved on 26 February 2020 by the Anti-epidemic Fund Steering Committee.

In view of the prolonged suspension of service of CCCs as part of the strategy to contain the COVID-19 epidemic since late January, coupled with financial hardships that some parents may face under the current economic situation, there is concern that parents may choose to withdraw their children from CCCs’ service.  Some CCCs may not be able to sustain their operation due to the significantly reduced revenue from service fees.  To help CCCs tide over the financial difficulties, the SWD launched the special grant.  CCCs are encouraged to correspondingly adjust downwards the monthly fee so as to alleviate parents’ financial burden.

The special grant would be given to aided and non-aided CCCs, including CCCs attached to kindergartens for children aged 0 to 3.  The amount of grant per CCC will be based on the size of its enrolment (i.e. number of children) as at 15 January 2020 and whether its service is full-day or half-day.  The SWD issued emails to aided and non-aided CCCs on 27 February 2020 to invite them to apply for the special grant. 

Once the application is confirmed, the first payment covering the months of February and March will be arranged in March 2020, and the payments for April and May 2020 will be made on a monthly basis.  The arrangement beyond May 2020 will be subject to the epidemic and CCCs’ operational conditions nearer the time. 
Mar 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to Operate a New Neighbourhood Elderly Centre

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) operating subvented elderly services to submit proposals to operate a new Neighbourhood Elderly Centre (NEC) at Tseung Kwan O Area 65C2.  SWD received a total of 33 proposals.  A Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of the proposals.  Upon the recommendation of the VC, SWD has selected Po Leung Kuk to operate the NEC.
Mar 2020Important Notice: Notice for Extension of Application Deadline and Revised Program Timeline of 2020-22 Opportunities for the Elderly Project

In view of the latest situation of the novel coronavirus disease, the Program Timeline of 2020-22 Opportunities for the Elderly Project had been revised. The application deadline, which was originally scheduled for 28 February 2020, will be extended to 24 April 2020.  For details, please click here (Chinese version only).

For enquiry, please contact the District Planning and Co-ordinating Team or the Opportunities for the Elderly Project Office.
Mar 2020Important Notice: Notice for Extension of Application Deadline of the Arts Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities (Second batch of application)

In view of the latest situation of the novel coronavirus disease, the Social Welfare Department (SWD) announced that the deadline for the second batch of application for the Arts Development Fund for Persons with Disabilities, which was originally scheduled for 27 February 2020, will be extended to 31 March 2020 (Tuesday).  For details, please click here.
Mar 2020Applicants/recipients of Comprehensive Social Security Assistance and Social Security Allowance need not rush back to Hong Kong

In view of the latest situation of novel coronavirus outbreak, the Director of Social Welfare will give consideration to disregard absences from Hong Kong of applicants/recipients of the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Scheme and the Social Security Allowance Scheme (including Old Age Allowance, Old Age Living Allowance and Disability Allowance) who fail to satisfy the residence requirement or the permissible limit of absence from Hong Kong owing to the epidemic. The SWD appealed to them that there is no need to rush back to Hong Kong.

In the light of the epidemic development, applicants for the Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme can submit their applications by post, instead of doing so in person in Hong Kong.
Mar 2020Additional and Planned Places of Rehabilitation Services

Information on additional and planned places of rehabilitation services for the period of January 2020 to March 2020 has been announced.  Please download the information here.
Mar 2020Innovation and Technology Fund for Application in Elderly and Rehabilitation Care

The third tranche of Innovation and Technology Fund for Application in Elderly and Rehabilitation Care (I&T Fund) is open for application from 7 February 2020 to 27 April 2020. The organisations receiving subsidies from the Social Welfare Department and providing subsidised services for the elderly or persons with disabilities are eligible for applying the I&T Fund. The application for trial use of newly developed technology products under the I&T Fund will be revised with details to be released and uploaded to the I&T Fund website.

Please click here for details of the Fund.
Mar 2020Annual Revision of Asset Limits under the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) and the Social Security Allowance (SSA) Schemes

With effect from 1 February 2020, the asset limits under the CSSA Scheme and Old Age Living Allowance (OALA) (including OALA under the Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme) under the SSA Scheme are also adjusted upwards from the same date.

The revised asset limits effective from 1 February 2020 are provided in the leaflets below:

Information leaflet on asset limits under the CSSA Scheme and SSA Scheme ( Annex)
Mar 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals to Operate Two Support Centres for Persons with Autism (SPAs)

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals to operate two Support Centres for Persons with Autism (SPAs) in the New Territories West and Kowloon East Regions respectively. A total of eight proposals were received and a Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of all the proposals. Upon the recommendation of the VC, SWD has selected the following 2 NGOs to operate the SPA service –
 
Name of Organisation Region of SPA to be situated
The Salvation Army New Territories West
(Tsuen Wan District, Kwai Tsing District, Yuen Long District and Tuen Mun District)
Yang Memorial Methodist Social Services Kowloon East
(Kwun Tong District, Wong Tai Sin District and Sai Kung District)
Mar 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals for Parents/Relatives Resource Centres

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals to operate the Parents/ Relatives Resource Centres (PRCs).  A total of 24 proposals were received and a Vetting Committee was set up to conduct assessment of the proposals.  Upon the recommendations of the Committee, SWD has selected the following 7 NGOs to operate the PRCs in the respective locations:
 
Location of PRC Name of Organisation
Southern District Heep Hong Society
Sham Shui Po District Hong Kong Christian Service
Kwai Tsing District* Caritas - Hong Kong
Shatin District The Salvation Army
Tai Po District Hong Kong PHAB Association
Yuen Long District* St. James’ Settlement
Islands District The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council

*Remarks: PRC with specialised ethnic minority unit
Mar 2020Protecting Children from Maltreatment – Procedural Guide for Multi-disciplinary Co-operation (Revised 2020)

“Protecting Children from Maltreatment – Procedural Guide for Multi-disciplinary Co-operation (Revised 2020)” will be implemented on 1 April 2020.  For details, please click here.
Mar 2020Announcement of the Result of Invitation for Proposals for the Implementation of Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals for the implementation of the Navigation Scheme for Young Persons in Care Services (the Scheme). A total of seven proposals were received and a Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of all the proposals. Upon the recommendation of the VC, SWD has selected the following five NGOs to implement the Scheme starting from the year 2020:

(1) Caritas – Hong Kong

(2) Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service – Hong Kong

(3) Haven of Hope Christian Service

(4) Tung Wah Group of Hospitals

(5) Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service
Mar 2020Outcome of Vetting of Applications for Purchase Exercise under Enhanced Bought Place Scheme (2019)

The Social Welfare Department has completed vetting of the applications for the Purchase Exercise under the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme (2019).  The list of private residential care homes for the elderly being accepted for joining the Enhanced Bought Place Scheme can be downloaded here.
Mar 2020 Provision of one-off extra allowance to social security recipients

The Legislative Council Finance Committee approved funding proposal on 6 December 2019 for implementing the measures as announced by the Financial Secretary on 15 August 2019 to provide one additional month of standard rate for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients and one additional month of allowance for Old Age Allowance (including the Guangdong Scheme and Fujian Scheme), Old Age Living Allowance and Disability Allowance recipients under the Social Security Allowance Scheme.  

Eligible recipients will receive a one-off extra allowance starting from 7 January 2020.  The payment will be credited to the designated bank accounts of the eligible recipients without the need to make an application.
Mar 2020Support 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/