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April
Greening Hong Kong Activities Subsidy Scheme

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The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) invites all interested parties to take part in this year's Greening Hong Kong Activities Subsidy Scheme.

"The Scheme is organised to promote 'green culture' through activity participation and to encourage local bodies to organise more greening activities," an LCSD spokesman said today (April 18).

"Since its introduction in 2000, the Scheme has provided financial assistance of over HK$900,000 to 19 groups to organise 21 green projects benefiting over 180,000 participants," he said.

"Organisations subsidised include horticultural and green groups, schools and community groups. A variety of activities were held and well received. These included the African Violet Show by the African Violet Association of Hong Kong, the Lotus Show 2001 by the Society of Horticulture, Hong Kong, and the Tai Po International Orchid Show 2003 by the Tai Po Association of Young Merchants and Professionals."

One of the most popular events to have received support from the Scheme was the Carnivorous Plant Show 2002, organised by the Society of Horticulture, Hong Kong. The show featured over 4,000 carnivorous plants in spectacular arrangements, educating visitors on the characteristics of the plants by means of a colourful educational display. The 10-day show attracted over 24,000 visitors.

Applicants who meet the following criteria are eligible for cash subsidies:

1) The applicant must be a registered local organisation engaged in non-profit activities.

2) The activities should be related to greening and be held in Hong Kong. They can be in the form of tree planting, horticultural maintenance projects, flower shows, exhibitions, workshops and seminars, essay writing and gardening competitions. However, visit type of activities would not be considered.

3) The activity must be organised for public participation and not for profit and will not be used for fund-raising or commercial purposes.

The amount of subsidy to be granted for each activity will be assessed according to its scale, format and content.

Applicants should send completed application forms together with details of the proposed activity by post to the Green Campaign Section, 11th floor, LCS Headquarters, No. 1-3 Pai Tau Street, Sha Tin, three months prior to commencement of the activity.

For details of the Scheme, please refer to the Scheme leaflet, which will be available at LCSD and Home Affairs Department District Offices from early May. For enquiries, please contact LCSD's Green Campaign Section at 2601 8688 or visit LCSD's "Green Hong Kong Campaign" website at http://www.lcsd.gov/LEISURE/LP/gc/index.htm.

End/Friday, April 18, 2003

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