In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bank of China’s service to Hong Kong, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited (“BOCHK”) issued the “Bank of China (Hong Kong) Centenary Commemorative Banknote” (“Commemorative Banknote”) in 2017, receiving an enthusiastic response from the public. These net proceeds, contributed by the people and society of Hong Kong, will be devoted in full to local charitable causes through the BOCHK Centenary Charity Programme. Of the total net proceeds, HK$427 million will be used to fund projects selected through an open call for project proposals from eligible local charities (the “Programme”). For the details of the Programme, please visit https://www.bochk.com/en/aboutus/csr/centenarycharityprogram.html
The Programme aims to address different social needs in the local community with a view to promoting a harmonious society and creating greater value for the community. In particular, it wishes to support projects that provide viable solutions and support for the grassroots communities, child and youth development, and elderly care. In addition, the Programme aims to encourage local charities to develop inspirational and forward-looking initiatives that address major social issues and improve the wellbeing of society in innovative ways, thus bringing about lasting and positive social impacts.
BOCHK has appointed The Hong Kong Council of Social Service as the Secretariat to support and administer the Programme. The Application is closed, please stay turned for the result announcement.
- Social Needs: The project shall be able to address social needs, or to anticipate major social issues. It shall provide practical and viable solutions that directly benefit the community and public, or bring about long-lasting and positive social impact. Priority shall be given to projects which are innovative and distinctive. Cross-sector cooperation, the use of new technologies, or best practices drawn from similar overseas projects and related studies, etc. are also encouraged.
- Planning and Execution: The project shall be supported by meticulous planning and operational arrangements and be managed by personnel with proven professional abilities and experience. Applicants shall demonstrate their relevant advantages and capacity to implement major charitable projects, as well as their positive track record. Applicants must also demonstrate sound governance and financial management.
- Effectiveness and Impact: Applicants shall demonstrate clarity in the proposed project budget and implement proper control mechanisms to ensure cost effectiveness and prudent use of funds. The project shall aim to achieve significant results and specified benefits to the community and target beneficiaries. Feasible evaluation methods shall be formulated, including qualitative and quantitative performance indicators.
Should there be any enquiries, please contact the Secretariat at:
The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
Telephone: +852 2864 2976
Email: [email protected]