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The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to submit proposals on implementing Social Work Service for Pre-primary Institutions (SWSPPI) in seven SWD districts.  A Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to assess all the proposals received.  Upon the recommendations of the VC, SWD has selected 19 NGOs to operate 34 district-based social work teams (SWTs) as listed below –

SWD DistrictCodeNGO
Central Western, Southern and IslandsCW/S/I1Hong Kong Lutheran Social Service, the Lutheran Church – Hong Kong Synod Limited
CW/S/I2St. James' Settlement
CW/S/I3Christian & Missionary Alliance Social Services Limited
CW/S/I4Evangelical Lutheran Church Social Service - Hong Kong
Kwun TongKT1Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service
KT2Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service
KT3The Hong Kong Catholic Marriage Advisory Council
KT4Heep Hong Society
KT5Hong Kong Family Welfare Society
Wong Tai Sin and Sai KungWTS/SK1Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
WTS/SK2Caritas – Hong Kong
WTS/SK3Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association
WTS/SK4The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong
WTS/SK5The Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong Social Service
Kowloon City and Yau Tsim MongKC/YTM1Hong Kong Children and Youth Services
KC/YTM2Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited
KC/YTM3Hong Kong Christian Service
KC/YTM4The Salvation Army
KC/YTM5The Church of United Brethren in Christ Hong Kong Limited
Sha TinST1Kwun Tong Methodist Social Service
ST2Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
ST3Hong Kong Children and Youth Services
ST4The Church of United Brethren in Christ Hong Kong Limited
Yuen LongYL1The Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs Association of Hong Kong
YL2The Tsung Tsin Mission of Hong Kong Social Service
YL3Heep Hong Society
YL4Yang Memorial Methodist Social Service
YL5St. James' Settlement
Tsuen Wan and Kwai TsingTW/KwT1The Salvation Army
TW/KwT2Caritas – Hong Kong
TW/KwT3Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association
TW/KwT4Hong Kong Family Welfare Society
TW/KwT5Hong Kong Christian Service
TW/KwT6Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council Limited

Flag days in 2025-26 are open for application from 17 April 2024.  The deadline for application is 6:00pm on 16 May 2024.

Item / NameDownload File
Application form (paper form)PDF /  Word
Link to online form Online Form
Explanatory notes for applicationPDF
List of required documentsPDF 
Filling in Flag Days Application Form “Points to Note” (Cantonese version only)

 

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.

The Social Welfare Department is inviting applications for 2024 Post-Secondary Student Summer Internship Programme. The closing date for application is 25 April 2024 (Thursday)

(i) Summer Intern (Social Work)

Please click here for further details. 

Application form can be downloaded here.

(ii) Summer Intern (Psychology)

Please click here for further details. 

Application form can be downloaded here.

(iii) Summer Intern (Media Arts/Visual Arts related subjects)

Please click here for further details.

Application form can be downloaded here.

Starting from 28 March 2024, the Social Welfare Department has implemented a 12-month "District Services and Community Care Teams - Pilot Scheme on Supporting Elderly and Carers" (the Pilot Scheme).  Taking Tsuen Wan and Southern District as pilot points, District Services and Community Care Teams (Care Teams) are engaged to help identify households of singleton / doubleton elderly and carers of elderly persons / persons with disabilities in need through visits or contacts, and refer these cases to social welfare service units for follow-up.  The Care Teams will also assist in referring elderly and persons with disabilities in need to install and use the emergency alarm system (EAS).

For other information about the Pilot Scheme, please refer to Districts Services and Information – Tsuen Wan and Kwai Tsing  / Central Western, Southern and Islands

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) accepts applications from primary schools and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for operating the tenth batch of Child Development Fund (CDF) projects from today (March 27). CDF projects aim at providing children from disadvantaged backgrounds with more personal development opportunities, thereby reducing intergenerational poverty.

Upon the completion of the overall review of the CDF Programme by SWD in late 2023, a series of enhancement measures will be implemented, including positioning the target participants at Primary Three to Primary Six students so that underprivileged children could benefit from CDF Programme at the early stage of development; and participating children may use the funds of the targeted savings programme at the 13th month of the Programme at the earliest for implementation of personal development plans under the supervision of NGO/school operators and their mentors.  In addition, to provide greater flexibility for NGOs/schools in implementing the projects, NGO/school applicants may apply for a three-year project or two consecutive three-year projects under the “one-plus-one-approach”.  The threshold of the target number of participants for each project has also been relaxed to the effect that the minimum number of participants is lowered to 25 while the maximum is 100 for all.  Around 2 500 and 500 places will be provided for the tenth batch of NGO-led and school-based projects respectively.

Details of the CDF enhancement measures have been uploaded to the CDF website (www.cdf.gov.hk/) earlier. An online briefing session will be held at 2:30pm on April 16 (Tuesday) for primary schools and NGOs interested in operating the projects.  All the duly signed application forms, together with the required document(s) should be submitted via email (scdf@swd.gov.hk) or by hand (Room 942, 9/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong), on or before 5pm on May 21 (Tuesday).  Application by post will not be accepted.  After vetting of applications, awarded NGOs/schools may recruit participating children around late July and commence the programmes and activities at the fourth quarter of this year.  

Founded in 2008, CDF is a tripartite, cross-sector collaboration among the community and family, the business sector and the Government, aiming at supporting longer-term development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Through the three key components, namely personal development plan, mentorship programme and targeted savings, participating children may develop savings habits, good characters and positive values, etc. from an early age.  So far, 200 CDF projects in nine batches operated by NGOs as well as 112 school-based projects in nine batches operated by schools have been rolled out, benefiting over 26 000 children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Guide on Application Procedures and Application Form

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

Item / Name NGO-led ProjectsSchool-based Projects
Guide on Application Procedures for the Tenth Batch of CDF Projects(PDF document)(PDF document)
 
Application Form [Part One to Part Three] (fillable)(PDF document)
 
(PDF document)
 
Application Form 
[Part Two]* (fillable)
(PDF document)
 
N/A

*On top of the application form [Part One to Part Three], interested NGO which submits applications for more than one district should also complete application form [Part Two] for each additional district.

Joint Online Briefing Session
A joint online briefing session on the tenth batch of CDF Projects will be held at 2:30 p.m. on 16 April 2024 (Tuesday).  Each NGO or school is welcome to nominate two representatives to attend.

Reply Slip on Online Briefing Session on the Tenth Batch of CDF Projects:
- Reply Slip for NGO (PDF document) (Word document) 
- Reply Slip for School (PDF document)  (Word document) 

For enquiries, please contact the Child Development Fund Office at 2892 5540.
 

The Tranche 10 of the Innovation and Technology Fund for Application in Elderly and Rehabilitation Care (I&T Fund) is open for application on 28 Mar 2024.  

For application details, please click here.

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has earlier invited eligible non-governmental organisations to submit proposals to operate a new Supported Hostel for Mentally/Physically Handicapped Persons [SHOS(MPH)] at LOHAS Park, No. 1 Lohas Park Road, Tseung Kwan O and a Vetting Committee (VC) was set up to conduct assessment of all the proposals received.  Upon the recommendations of the VC, SWD has selected Christian Family Service Centre to operate the SHOS(MPH).  

The Street Counter Pass System of Lands Department's (LandsD’s) website has been launched on 1 March 2024.  Applicant organisations of Public Subscription Permit (General Charitable Fund-raising Activities) in need of one-stop service for application of setting up non-profit street counters on government land are required to submit soft copy of latest version of proforma (in MS Excel format) to LandsD via Social Welfare Department with immediate effect.  Download here

"The IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment" (The Scheme) (7th round) and "Central Fund for Personal Computers" (The Fund) (49th round) now accept applications.  The deadline for both the Scheme and Fund is 17 April 2024.
 
Eligible organisations, educational institutes and individual persons with visual impairment may apply for “The IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment” whereas “Central Fund for Personal Computers" is for eligible persons with disabilities engaging in self-employment at home or supported employment service at home.

Detailed information and application forms can be downloaded from SWD Website:
https://www.swd.gov.hk/en/pubsvc/rehab/cat_fundtrustfinaid/; or
CyberAble.net: www.CyberAble.net .

Enquiries can be made to Rehabilitation and Medical Social Services Branch, Social Welfare Department:

"The IT Scheme for People with Visual Impairment" or "Central Fund for Personal Computers"

Telephone: 3586 3594; Email Address: eoimc@swd.gov.hk; Fax: 2834 7046

Information on additional and planned places of rehabilitation services for the period of Janury 2024 to March 2024 has been announced.  Please download the information here.

The results of the first cluster of approved applications for Tranche 9 of the Innovation and Technology Fund for Application in Elderly and Rehabilitation Care has been released.  For details, please click here.

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has completed the overall review of the Child Development Fund (CDF) Programme. The findings of the review have been endorsed by the Steering Committee on the Child Development Fund. The recommendations and enhancement measures are as follows:

  1. Target Participants
    1. Positioning the target participants of CDF Programme to Primary 3 to Primary 6 students to enable the underprivileged children to benefit from the Programme, including character building and development of positive attributes, values and saving habits, at an early developmental stage. 
  1. Three Key Components

Target Savings

  1. Maintaining the current requirement of target savings for mentees of $200 per month and up to $4,800 for two years; 
  2. Imposing additional requirements for participants as a pre-requisite for release of the Government’s matching fund, such as satisfactory attendance in core programmes and activities organised by operators, and formulation of a preliminary Personal Development Plans (PDPs) under the guidance of the mentor, in order to strengthen mentees’ learning motivation. 

PDP 

  1. Advancing the disbursement of the mentees’ target savings (including monthly savings, matching contribution and Government financial incentive) of the first year to the 13th month of the project at the earliest to allow sufficient time for the mentees to implement the PDPs progressively under the supervision of mentors. 

Mentorship

  1. Strengthening support and training for mentors through enhancing the train-the-trainer programmes for CDF operators to address the needs of mentors; 
  2. Advancing the training for mentors and parents/guardians to complete three out of five core training programmes in the first year of the project so that the parents/guardians and mentors could better support the mentees to implement their PDPs. 

3. Project Duration 

  1. Maintaining the project duration of three years; 

4. “One-plus-one-approach” and Target Number of Participants of each Project

  1. The operators of both NGO-led and school-based projects are allowed to apply for either a single three-year project or two consecutive three-year projects under the “one-plus-one-approach” in each application; and 
  2. Relaxing the threshold of the target number of participants for both the NGO-led and school-based projects to allow more flexibility to the operators in planning and implementation of the Programme. The minimum number of participants is 25 while the maximum is 100 (with a flexibility of maximum 15% upward adjustment) 

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) has adopted the above recommendations and enhancement measures and is preparing to launch the 10th batch of school-based projects and NGO-led projects in the first quarter of 2024. Interested primary schools and non-governmental organisations will be invited to submit proposals by then. For enquiries, please contact the CDF Office at 2892 5540.

 

The Social Welfare Department held the above sharing session on 12 January 2024 to introduce, among others, the quality-based selection mechanism, general requirements of preparation and submission of service proposals as well as new measures on Invitation for Proposals.  For the PowerPoint slides and summary of Q & A sessions, please click here (Chinese version only) for further details from now to 10 May 2024. 

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 persons with disabilities and self-financing residential care homes for persons with disabilities operated by non-governmental organizations to submit applications for the Bought Place Scheme.
For details, please click here (Chinese only).

The Social Welfare Department (SWD) now invites operators of eligible residential care homes for the elderly (RCHEs) to apply for participating in the Residential Care Service Voucher (RCSV) Scheme for the Elderly (the Scheme) as Recognised Service Providers (RSPs). All RCHEs providing non-subsidised residential care places for the elderly and meeting the space standard, staffing requirements as well as specified requirements in track record, are eligible to apply as RSPs. For details of the Scheme, please click here.

"Invitation for Applications - Residential Care Service Voucher Scheme for the Elderly (Recognised Service Providers)" can be downloaded here.

"RSP Application Form" can be downloaded here.

For enquiries, please contact the following responsible officers of Residential Care Service Voucher Office: 
NamePostContact Number
Miss May HOSocial Work Officer (Residential Care Service Voucher)13107 3424
Ms Winnie FUNGSocial Work Officer (Residential Care Service Voucher)23107 3260
Ms Ella CHANSocial Work Officer (Residential Care Service Voucher)32456 2913

The Residential Care Service Voucher (RCSV) Scheme for the Elderly (the Scheme), adopting the "money-following-the-user" principle, provides an additional choice for elderly persons in need of residential care services and waitlisted for care-and-attention (C&A) places on the Central Waiting List (CWL).  Starting from 22 August 2022, the Scheme is open to applications from all eligible elderly persons and the relevant application form can be downloaded from the SWD website.  Besides, the Voucher Information System for the Elderly (VISE) has been launched for eligible elderly persons and RCSV holders since 1 September 2023.  Eligible elderly persons can fill in and submit the e-application form in VISE.  SWD will also send invitation letters to eligible elderly persons who are newly registered on the CWL to apply for RCSVs.  For eligible elderly persons newly registered on the CWL but not having received the invitation letters, please contact the Residential Care Service Voucher Office for enquiry.  For more information about the Scheme, please click here.

The Community Care Service Voucher Scheme for the Elderly (the Scheme) has been regularised on 1 September 2023.  The number of vouchers will increase from 10 000 at present to 11 000 in 2024-25 and 12 000 in 2025-26. The coverage of the Scheme has been expanded to include rental of assistive technology products. The Social Welfare Department is now inviting eligible local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), social enterprises (SEs), non-profit-making organisations, private organisations, and licensed private hospitals to submit applications for joining the Scheme as Recognised Service Providers (RSPs). 

An eligible applicant for RSP should meet one of the following conditions listed below –
  1. a local non-governmental organisation (NGO)/social enterprise (SE) [being a bona fide non-governmental and non-profit-making organisation, charitable institution, or trust of a public character that is exempt from tax under section 88 of the Inland Revenue Ordinance (Cap. 112)] or a local private organisation with proven experience of directly providing elderly care services, either CCS or residential care services (RCS), for a continuous period of at least six months immediately preceding the submission date of application; or
  2. a local licensed private hospital.
The CCS provided by the applicant should cover at least two types of core care services.  Types of core care services refer to (i) rehabilitation exercise provided by physiotherapist/occupational therapist; (ii) special/basic nursing care provided by registered/enrolled nurse; and (iii) personal care (including food-feeding, transfer, showering/bathing, toileting/diaper changing, changing of clothes, meals delivery, home making, escort, etc.) provided by health worker/personal care worker.

The eligible NGOs, non-profit-making organisations and SEs can also apply for a one-off set-up cost for purchase of vehicle as well as furniture and equipment to meet the needs of service operation.

Please click here for downloading the Service Specifications of the Scheme, RSP Application Form, Application Form for Set-up cost, the slides of the Briefing Session on this invitation held on 30 June 2023 (Chinese version only) and the CCSV statistics (as at November 2023) (Chinese version only).

For details of the Scheme, please click here.

For enquiries, please contact Miss Jess LEUNG (Tel. No.: 3107 2168), Mr Steve KUONG (Tel. No.: 3107 3014) or Ms Carol CHAN (Tel. No.: 2249 5266), the Social Work Officers of the Community Care Service Voucher Office.

The Pilot Scheme on Community Care Service Voucher for the Elderly is regularised on 1 September 2023 and renamed Community Care Service Voucher Scheme for the Elderly (the Scheme). Adopting the “money-following-the-user” mode, the Scheme supports the eligible elderly persons to age in place by providing an additional choice of community care service (CCS).  All elderly persons who have been assessed and recommended for CCS or residential care services (RCS) under the Standardised Care Need Assessment Mechanism for Elderly Services, and are waitlisting for subsidised CCS and/or RCS on the “Central Waiting List for Subsidised Long Term Care (LTC) Services” without any kind of RCS or subsidised CCS being received may apply for CCSV.  SWD will send invitation letters to the eligible elderly persons direct to invite them to join the Scheme.  The eligible elderly persons who have not received the invitation letters may contact the CCSV Office for enquiries (Telephone No.: 3107 3013) (from Monday to Friday, 9:30 am to 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm, except public holidays).  For more information about the Scheme, please click here.

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

https://www.swd.gov.hk/en/pubsvc/rehab/cat_fundtrustfinaid/sped/


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