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July
Applications welcome for Greening Hong Kong Activities Subsidy Scheme

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

The Scheme aims to promote "green culture" by encouraging local bodies to organise more greening activities.

Since its introduction in 2000, the Scheme has provided total financial assistance of $900,000 to 21 green projects involving over 180,000 participants.

Organisations subsidised include horticultural and green groups, schools and community groups.

The most successful ventures have included the "African Violet Show", organised by the African Violet Association of Hong Kong, the "Lotus Show 2001", organised by the Society of Horticulture, Hong Kong, and the "Tai Po International Orchid Show 2003", organised by the Tai Po Association of Young Merchants and Professionals.

Particularly popular was the "Carnivorous Plant Show 2002", organised by the Society of Horticulture, Hong Kong. The 10-day event featured over 4,000 carnivorous plants in spectacular arrangements. It attracted over 24,000 visitors.

Criteria for cash subsidies:

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

2) 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, and essay-writing and gardening competitions. However, activities merely related to visits will not be considered.

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

Subsidy size will be determined on the basis of scale, format and content.

Applications including details of the proposed activities should be sent 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 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/Tuesday, July 22, 2003

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