We are delighted to inform you that the Health Care and Promotion Fund (HCPF) now invites applications for grants supporting i) non-research projects on health promotion and, ii) proposals under the Seed Funding Scheme, to develop innovative, effective and sustainable health promotion programmes in the community. The closing date for application is 31 July 2012
. Application forms and guidance notes can be downloaded from our website at http://www.fhb.gov.hk/grants
This is the 26th call for grant applications for Non-Research Health Promotion Projects and the 5th round for the Seed Funding Scheme of the HCPF. Principal applicants must be representatives of non-profit making organisations, a registered community group or a group formed under a registered non-profit making body.
Non-Research Health Promotion Projects
Non-Research Health Promotion Projects are expected to help people adopt healthier lifestyles by enhancing awareness, changing behaviour or creating an environment that supports good health practices. Funding for a non-research health promotion project will generally not exceed $300,000 and should be completed within 2 years of approval.
Seed Funding Scheme
The purpose is to facilitate mobilisation of local resources through building partnership between public, private and non-governmental organisations to promote health in the community. Grant ceiling under the Seed Funding Scheme will generally not exceed $500,000 per project. It offers non-recurrent funding opportunities.
Assessment criteria include:
- Effectiveness and sustainability of the programme,
- Potential in building community capacity in health promotion,
- Relevance to local health promotion,
- Feasibility of the proposal,
- Justification of requested budget,
- Evaluation plan of effectiveness, and
- Track record of the administering institution and applicants.
Priority for funding is given to applications targeting underprivileged groups who are vulnerable to ill-health, and health promotion programmes carried out in primary care settings. To sustain the effects of health promotion interventions, multidisciplinary approaches and cross-sectoral collaborations engaging the community to create supportive environments and to empower individuals to take ownership of their health are keys to success.
In addition, higher funding priorities will be accorded to the following thematic areas:
- tobacco control;
- lifestyle, nutrition and physical activity;
- mental well-being;
- injury prevention;
- reducing alcohol-related problems;
- promoting family doctor model of care; and
- empowering the community in the management of chronic diseases.
The target areas described can also be downloaded from our website at http://www.fhb.gov.hk/grants. Applications which fall outside the above priorities may still be considered, although they will have a lower funding preference.