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Charitable Trust Funds

There are a number of charitable trust funds in Hong Kong to which members of the general public or specific groups in the community may turn to for relief and assistance. Many of these funds are statutory funds covering a variety of purposes - charitable, educational and welfare, etc.

Trust Funds and Temples Joint Secretariat provides administrative support for the following funds of this sort:

In addition, administrative support is provided by Home Affairs Bureau for the


Brewin Trust Fund

Background

This fund was established in 1906 when $50,000 was raised by members of the Chinese community to start a trust fund in honour of Mr. A.W. BREWIN, the then Secretary for Chinese Affairs. The Fund was reconstituted under the Brewin Trust Fund Ordinance (Cap. 1077) after the Second World War with a statutory committee and with the Secretary for Home Affairs Incorporated as the Trustee of the Fund.

Fund Objectives

The Fund aims to provide assistance for:

  1. the maintenance and benefit of widows, widowers and orphans; and

  2. the relief of hardship of workers employed in Hong Kong who have become wholly or partly incapacitated for work by reason of age, sickness, disability or otherwise.

Method of Application

The Director of Social Welfare, Social Welfare Department, Wu Chung House, Wan Chai, Hong Kong receives and considers applications for miscellaneous or maintenance grants not provided for under the Public Assistance Scheme, such as grants to persons in distress, grants to the aged, handicapped or persons in ill health, allowances to residents of the Home for the Aged, and grants to disabled orphans leaving charitable institutions at the age of 18.

The Commissioner for Labour, Labour Department, Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong receives and considers applications for grants to employees injured in the course of employment and whose employers have failed to provide compensation.

Applications may be made at any time and should be sent to the relevant address indicated above.

Enquiries

All general enquiries should be addressed to the Deputy Manager (Finance) (tel. no. 3718 6808).


Chinese Temples Fund

Background

The Chinese Temples Committee, constituted under the Chinese Temples Ordinance (Cap. 153), has 24 temples under its direct control. Keepership fees and worshippers' donations are paid to the Chinese Temples Fund controlled by the Committee. Income from investments also adds to the revenue of the Fund.

Fund Objectives

The income of the Fund is used to finance customary ceremonies and the maintenance of temple properties. Surpluses are transferred to the General Chinese Charities Fund, which is also controlled by the Committee (see below).

Enquiries

All general enquiries should be addressed to the Deputy Manager (Temples) (tel. no. 3718 6868).


General Chinese Charities Fund

Background

The General Chinese Charities Fund consists of surpluses transferred from the Chinese Temples Fund in accordance with the provisions of the Chinese Temples Ordinance (Cap. 153). The Fund is administered by the Chinese Temples Committee chaired by the Secretary for Home Affairs.

Fund Objectives

Grants from the Fund may be made to any Chinese charity in Hong Kong as the Chinese Temples Committee sees fit. In addition, sums are allocated annually to each District Office for emergency relief grants.

Method of Application

Applications may be made at any time through the District Office or the Government department concerned, or to the Secretary, Chinese Temples Committee, Room 34/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Enquiries

All general enquiries should be addressed to the Deputy Manager (Temples) (tel. no. 3718 6868).


Grantham Scholarships Fund

Background

The Grantham Scholarships Fund was raised by the people of Hong Kong to commemorate the governorship of Sir Alexander Grantham. The Fund was established by the Grantham Scholarships Fund Ordinance (Chapter 1076). It is managed by a statutory management committee of which the Secretary for Home Affairs is the ex-officio Chairman.

Fund Objectives

The Fund provides scholarships and maintenance grants for students in secondary schools, technical schools and institutions of higher education in Hong Kong.

Method of Application

  1. Maintenance Grants:

    Applications are invited in end of June to end of September every year by press advertisements and general school circulars issued by the Controller, Student Financial Assistance Agency.

  2. Scholarships:

    Schools are normally invited to make nominations for the "Scholar of the Year Award" in January every year by the Trust Funds and Temples Joint Secretariat.

Enquiries

All general enquiries may be made to the Grantham Scholarships Fund Secretariat, Room 34/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (tel. no. 3718 6801).


Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund

Background

This Fund, founded by the late Mr. LI Po-chun, was established under the provisions of the Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund Ordinance (Cap. 1110). The Secretary for Home Affairs is the Chairman of the statutory committee which administers the Fund.

Fund Objectives

Approximately one half of the income of the Fund is used for scholarships, including overseas postgraduate scholarships, awards to students attending local tertiary institutions, the United World Colleges and Secondary 4 or above at one of four Anglo-Chinese secondary schools (namely, King's College, Queen's College, Queen Elizabeth School and Belilios Public School).

The balance of the income is paid to the Director for Social Welfare for the relief of distress cases in which no adequate assistance is available from other sources.

Scholarship Applications

Applications for overseas postgraduate scholarships are invited through the Press in December every year. Application forms are available from the Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund Secretariat, Room 34/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (tel no. 3718 6801).

Scholarship Enquiries

Enquiries may be made to the Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund Secretariat, Room 34/F., Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (tel no. 3718 6801).

Relief Grant Applications and Enquiries

Applications and enquiries for grants for relief of the poor or needy may be directed at any time during the year to family service centres and field units of the Social Welfare Department (tel. no. 2343 2255).


The Lord Wilson United World Colleges Scholarship Fund

Background

The Lord Wilson United World Colleges Scholarship Fund was established in 1992 by means of a Declaration of Trust made by the Secretary for Home Affairs Incorporated. The Secretary for Home Affairs is the Chairman of the Lord Wilson United World Colleges Scholarship Fund Council which determines all administrative matters of the Trust Fund and the fulfilment of its purposes.

Fund Objective

The main objective of the Fund is to provide scholarships to students attending the United World Colleges in Hong Kong and overseas.

Method of Application

Applications for the United World Colleges Scholarships are normally invited between October and November every year through a press advertisement.

Enquiries

Enquiries concerning the details of the scholarships should be made to the Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong, 10, Lok Wo Sha Lane, Sai Sha Road, Sha Tin, New Territories (tel. no. 2640 0441).


Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund

Background

The Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund was set up through public donations in April 1987 in memory of the late Governor, Sir Edward Youde. It was established by the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Ordinance, Chapter 1140 of the Laws of Hong Kong.

Fund Objectives

The Fund encourages and provides for the education, learning or research by the people of Hong Kong (Section 6 of the Ordinance).

Applications and Enquiries

Applications and enquiries should be addressed to the Secretary, Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund Council, Room 1217, 12/F., Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices, 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong (tel. no. 2150 6097).


Sir Robert Black Trust Fund

Background

This Fund was created with an initial donation of $1 million by Sir Shiu-kin Tang to commemorate Sir Robert Black's governorship. The Fund is managed by a Statutory Committee set up under the Sir Robert Black Trust Fund Ordinance (Cap. 1101).

Fund Objectives

The Fund aims to provide -

Type I grants: Grants to social welfare or youth organisations and other suitable institutions in support of local or overseas development programmes (e.g. leadership training courses, study tours and conferences with a high training element) which they organise or participate in through representation or delegation.

Type II awards: Awards to individuals for postgraduate studies or other training programmes, local or overseas.

Method of Application

Applications for Type I grants or Type II awards are invited through press advertisements in mid January every year. Applications may be returned to the Sir Robert Black Trust Fund Secretariat, Room 34/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Enquiries

Enquiries may be made to the Sir Robert Black Trust Fund Secretariat, Room 34/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong (tel. no. 3718 6801).


Sir Murray MacLehose Trust Fund

Background

The Sir Murray MacLehose Trust Fund was set up to commemorate Lord Murray MacLehose's governorship. The Sir Murray MacLehose Trust Fund Ordinance (Chapter 1118) was enacted in 1982 to provide for the establishment and administration of the Fund. The Fund is vested in the trusteeship of the Secretary for Home Affairs Incorporated.

Fund Objective

The Fund is used for the benefit of the people of Hong Kong at the sole discretion of the Chief Executive of the day (Section 3 of the Ordinance).

Method of Application

Applications are invited through Government policy bureaux and press advertisements. All applications are screened and prioritized by the relevant bureau.

Enquiries

All general enquiries should be addressed to the Deputy Manager (Finance) (tel. no. 3718 6808).


The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund

Background

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund (the Fund) was set up in 1980 with a donation of $10 million from the Hong Kong Jockey Club (the Club) for the promotion and development of music and dance. It is a non-statutory trust fund, administrated by a board of trustees. In 1994, the Club injected a further $22 million into the Fund to meet the increasing demand for support. The Fund's Board of Trustees is appointed by its Custodian Trustee i.e. the Secretary for Home Affairs Incorporation.

Board of Trustees of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund

Objectives

The objectives of the Fund are to promote training and education in music and dance in Hong Kong by way of scholarships to enable young people to pursue an integrated programme of post-diploma studies, post-graduate studies or professional training in music or dance studies outside Hong Kong at renowned institutions or to undertake less formal studies, projects or creative work outside Hong Kong.

Music and Dance Scholarships 2013-2014

There are five scholarship awardees this year: Miss LI Yiran, Mr MAN Hay, Mr TSANG Hin-yat, Mozar, Miss WONG Wai-yin and Miss YIU Kit-ki. They will receive about $4.44 million in total as sponsorship towards their further studies in renowned institutions outside Hong Kong.

Method of Application

Every year, applications for scholarships are normally invited through press advertisements and the following web link in November/December:

http://www.hab.gov.hk/en/public_forms/forms.htm

Enquiries

Enquiries may be made to The Hong Kong Jockey Club Music and Dance Fund Secretariat, 13/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong.
Tel: 3509 7083
Fax: 2802 4893
Email: culture@hab.gov.hk
Website: www.hkjcmdf.org.hk


Lord Wilson Heritage Trust

Background

The Lord Wilson Heritage Trust was established in December 1992, following the enactment of an Ordinance bearing the same name, to provide an opportunity for the community to express its appreciation of the contribution made to Hong Kong by Lord Wilson during his term as Governor of Hong Kong, and to join hands further to promote the preservation and conservation of Hong Kong's heritage.

Objective

The objective of the Trust is to promote the preservation and conservation of cultural heritage of Hong Kong including historical, archaeological and palaeontological objects, sites or structures.

Grants awarded in 2012-2013

During the year, the Trust awarded grants for 9 heritage-related activities and projects at a total of about $1.59 million.

Method of Application

Application Form and Guidelines for Applicants are available from the Trust's website at the following address:
http://www.lordwilson-heritagetrust.org.hk/app/index.htm

Enquiries

Enquiries may be made to the Lord Wilson Heritage Trust Secretariat
13/F West Wing, Central Government Offices
2 Tim Mei Avenue
Tamar, Hong Kong
Tel: 3509 7083
Fax: 2802 4893
Email: culture@hab.gov.hk


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