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Eligibility Criteria and Application Procedure

Pilot Scheme on Subvention for New Sports

I. Background

Upon completion of the Comprehensive Review of Sports Subvention Scheme (the Review) in 2019, a wide range of recommendations and enhancement measures has been launched to help optimise the administration of Sports Subvention Scheme (SSS) and enhance the further development of sports in Hong Kong. Report of the comprehensive review suggested that government funding should be provided for new sports, so that the public could have more opportunity and choices to take part in different sports activities. Under this inspiration, the Government introduced a Pilot Scheme on Subvention for New Sports and a new funding mechanism, apart from the existing SSS, was devised to promote and support the development of new sports in Hong Kong.

The pilot scheme is inviting applications for subvention in 2021-22 from now until July 31. Each successful application will be offered a maximum of $100,000 or 85 per cent of the total eligible expenditure of individual activity, whichever is lower. Please read the prospectus and submit application if you are interested. A briefing will be held on 21 June 2021 (Monday) at 4:00 pm to introduce the Pilot Scheme on Subvention for New Sports. Please read the prospectus for details.

II. Eligibility Criteria

Applicant sports organisations applying for “Pilot Scheme on Subvention for New Sports”must fulfill the following mandatory requirements in Part A and provide supplementary information in Part B:

A. Mandatory Requirements

1. The applicant organisation must have successful experience in organising sports development programmes of various levels with active participation by the public in the past two years;
2. The applicant organisation must demonstrate itself to be the sole organisation/body governing the sport in Hong Kong in the past two years before the date of submission of the application;
3. The applicant organisation must be the only organisation in the territory recognised by and affiliated to the Asian Federation/Regional Federation/International Federation which is the sole federation representing the respective sport; and
4. The applicant organisation must be a non-profit making organisation registered under the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622).

B. Supplementary Information

1. To provide a comprehensive long-term development and promotion plan, including :-
  a. organisation of sports development programmes from grassroots level to territory-wide/international competition level;
  b. organisation of sports promotion programmes, including mass participation and cross-district programmes / large scale events at international levels;
  c. nurturing of potential athletes and development of coaches and officials through official training programmes and registration system; and
  d. development of a practicable implementation schedule to foster the development of the sport.
2. To provide relevant information on competency in the organisation and arrangement of programmes, including:-
  a. Relevant information on resources in respect of this application, e.g. provision and source of non-Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) venues and non-governmental funding, and strategic plan for sustainability. Priority will be given to sports to be played on private and/or self-supported/non-government venues;
  b. Relevant information on popularity of the sport involved in this application, such as the number of programmes and participants, and recognition and support from the local community, e.g. joint venture with or funding support from non-governmental organisations and schools, etc.;
  c. Proven records on organisation of the relevant sports programmes in the past three years.
3. To put in place governance structure, policies with transparency and accountability, such as Code of Conduct, Procurement Guidelines and Accounting Procedure, etc. and composition of office bearers;
4. Priority will be given to the applicant organisations with any items in the following:
  a. The Asian Federation/Regional Federation/ International Federation of the applicant organisation is a member of Olympic Committee of Asia/International Olympic Committee;
  b. The applicant organisation is a member with Observer status of Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC); or
  c. The affiliated Federation of the applicant organisation is a member of Global Association of International Sports Federations but yet to be a member of SF&OC or eligible for applying Sports Subvention Scheme under the LCSD.
5. Priority will be given to new applicant organisations. As for repeated applicant organisations, the LCSD will take into consideration their performance and past records when vetting their re-applications.

III. Application Procedures

Eligible sports organisations who wish to apply for the Pilot Scheme on Subvention for New Sports (only for sports events to be held locally) shall submit, in person or by mail, a duly completed application form together with all the required documents to the Sports Funding Office, 2/F, Leisure and Cultural Services Headquarters, 1-3 Pai Tau Street, Sha Tin or via email ( on or before 31 July 2021 (late submission will not be considered).

Prospectus pdf  
Application form pdf word
Appendix I pdf word
Appendix II pdf excel

IV. Application Results

Applicant organisations will be informed of their application results in writing.

V. Enquiry

For further information, please contact the Sports Funding Office of the LCSD.
Telephone No. : 2601 8756
Fax No. : 2393 8177
Email :