The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region ("HKSAR") Government attaches great importance to the safeguarding of Hong Kong's intangible cultural heritage ("ICH") and strives to raise the Hong Kong community's awareness of the importance of ICH and the need to protect such heritage as our cultural assets. To further promote the safeguarding of ICH, the HKSAR Government approved a funding of $300 million in late 2018 for launching the Intangible Cultural Heritage Funding Scheme to engage the community and strengthen various aspects of safeguarding work for the ICH of Hong Kong. The Funding Scheme is implemented and managed by the ICH Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD). The ICH Advisory Committee has been consulted before formulating the scope and details of support.
Objective and Aims
The objective of the ICH Funding Scheme is to support citizens and organisations in Hong Kong in carrying out projects with a view to achieving the following aims:
- to strengthen the safeguarding, research, education, promotion and transmission of local ICH items;
- to support the transmission of ICH by local bearers and bearer organisations;
- to engage the community's participation in safeguarding ICH; and
- to enhance public awareness and understanding of ICH and boost their respect for ICH.
An Assessment Panel under the ICH Advisory Committee will assess the applications in accordance with established criteria, guidelines and procedures. Upon receipt of the funding recommendations made by the Assessment Panel, the LCSD will make the final decision pursuant to established procedures. Based on the Assessment Panel's recommendations, the LCSD will determine the amount and conditions of funding support for approved cases. The LCSD reserves the ultimate right regarding the procedures and arrangements of the assessment of the ICH Funding Scheme.
The grantee shall show the logos of the LCSD and the ICH Funding Scheme in publicity materials and publications of the project as acknowledgement.