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28 September 2022

New Projects Approved and an Updated Guide to Application Issued

The Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS) has approved a total of three projects involving a total grant of around $9 million in the latest round of application. Details of the three approved projects are available here.

The Guide to Application (Version 1.6.1, Sep 2022) has been updated regarding the procurement of goods and services, publicity of project activities, statutory requirements in respect of project implementation, provision of projected expenditure to facilitate the disbursement of funds.  Besides, 92 remote villages are listed out in Appendix 1b of the Guide for implementation of Cultural Rehabilitation / Revitalisation Projects, and Research Activities on Countryside Conservation and Revitalisation.

Applications for the CCFS are accepted all-year-round.  The cut-off date of application for next round of application assessment will be announced in the CCFS webpage.

 

16 August 2022

Event Photo Gallery Launched

The Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS) has funded over 30 projects to different project organisations for enhancing the conservation of remote areas in the countryside.

Through the implementation of these projects, the project organisations have organised events like talks, workshops, trainings, guided tours and exhibitions for the public to participate. You can find interesting photos of these past events in the CCFS Event Photo Gallery.

 

18 July 2022

Cut-off Date of this Round of Application

The Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS) has approved a total of 30 projects involving a total grant of around $156 million in the last five rounds of application.  Details of the approved projects are available here.

Applications for the CCFS are accepted all-year-round.  The cut-off date of application for the coming round of application assessment is 16 September 2022 (Friday) and it is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the application results would be in February 2023.

Applicant organisations should read the Guide to Application (Version 1.6, Sep 2022 [updated in early Sep 2022]) carefully and fill in the relevant Application Form (MA projects / BH, CR and RA projects) (Version 1.6, Sep 2022 [updated in early Sep 2022]).  Both the original copy and the soft copy of the completed Application Form should reach the Secretariat of the CCFS before 5:00 p.m. of the cut-off date on 16 September 2022 (Friday).  The original copy should be addressed to 22/F, Chinachem Exchange Square, 1 Hoi Wan Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong and the soft copy should be emailed to ccfs@epd.gov.hk.  Please mark “Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme Application” on the envelop cover and the email title column respectively.  Please ensure payment of sufficient postage, the Secretariat of the CCFS will not accept underpaid mails nor bear the surcharge so arising.  In case the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. on 16 September 2022 (Friday), the cut-off time will be extended to 5:00 p.m. on the next working day.  Special announcement about the details will be made on the CCFS webpage.  Applications submitted after the above cut-off date will be considered in the next round of application assessment.

Incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the requirements as stated in the Guide to Application (Version 1.6, Sep 2022 [updated in early Sep 2022]) and relevant Application Form (Version 1.6, Sep 2022 [updated in early Sep 2022]) will not be processed.

Interested local non-profit making organisations (NPOs)/bodies may refer to the presentation file to have a better understanding on the CCFS.

The cut-off date of application for the next round of application assessment will be announced in the CCFS webpage.  If there is any enquiry, please contact the Secretariat of the CCFS at 3151 7137 during office hours or via email (ccfs@epd.gov.hk).

 

3 May 2022

Event Calendar Launched

The Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme has funded over 30 projects to different project organisations for enhancing the conservation of remote areas in the countryside.

Through the implementation of these projects, the project organisations organize events like talks, workshops, trainings, guided tours and exhibitions, many of them are suitable for public participation. You can find these events for the coming months here.

(Note: the event information is provided by the project organisations and is only for reference. Please note that the latest activity details and arrangement as announced by the project organisations shall prevail. For details, please refer to the webpages link above or contact the project organisations directly.)

 

28 February 2022

Cut-off Date of this Round of Application

The Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS) has approved a total of 3 projects involving a total grant of around $16 million in the latest round of application.  Details of the 3 approved projects are available here.

Applications for the CCFS are accepted all-year-round.  The cut-off date of application for the coming round of application assessment is 14 April 2022 (Thursday) and it is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the application results would be in August 2022.

Applicant organisations should read the Guide to Application (Version 1.5, Feb 2022) carefully and fill in the relevant Application Form (MA projects / BH, CR and RA projects) (Version 1.5, Feb 2022).  Both the original copy and the soft copy of the completed Application Form should reach the Secretariat of the CCFS before 5:00 p.m. of the cut-off date on 14 April 2022 (Thursday).  The original copy should be addressed to 22/F, Chinachem Exchange Square, 1 Hoi Wan Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong and the soft copy should be emailed to ccfs@epd.gov.hk.  Please mark “Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme Application” on the envelop cover and the email title column respectively.  Please ensure payment of sufficient postage, the Secretariat of the CCFS will not accept underpaid mails nor bear the surcharge so arising.  In case the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. on 14 April 2022 (Thursday), the cut-off time will be extended to 5:00 p.m. on the next working day.  Special announcement about the details will be made on the CCFS webpage.  Applications submitted after the above cut-off date will be considered in the next round of application assessment.

Incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the requirements as stated in the Guide to Application (Version 1.5, Feb 2022) and relevant Application Form (Version 1.5, Feb 2022) will not be processed.

In order to achieve sustainable conservation and revitalisation in the remote countryside, the CCFS will introduce enhancement measures to extend the scope of “Formulation of Proposals on Restoration of Built Heritage” Project and simplify the details to be covered in the statement of account for approved projects. For details, please refer to the Guide to Application (Version 1.5, Feb 2022).

Interested local non-profit making organisations (NPOs)/bodies may refer to the presentation file to have a better understanding on CCFS.

The cut-off date of application for the next round of application assessment will be announced in the CCFS webpage. If there is any enquiry, please contact the Secretariat of the CCFS at 3151 7137 during office hours or via email (ccfs@epd.gov.hk).

 

2 September 2021

Cut-off Date of this Round of Application and Online Briefing Session

The Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS) has approved a total of 10 projects involving a total grant of around $40 million in the latest round of application.  Details of the 10 approved projects are available here.

Applications for the CCFS are accepted all-year-round.  The cut-off date of application for the coming round of application assessment is 30 September 2021 (Thursday) and it is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the application results would be in around January 2022.

Applicant organisations should read the Guide to Application (Version 1.4, Aug 2021) carefully and fill in the relevant Application Form (MA projects / BH, CR and RA projects) (Version 1.4, Aug 2021).  Both the original copy and the soft copy of the completed Application Form should reach the Secretariat of the Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS) before 5:00 p.m. of the cut-off date on 30 September 2021 (Thursday).  The original copy should be addressed to 22/F, Chinachem Exchange Square, 1 Hoi Wan Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong and the soft copy should be emailed to ccfs@epd.gov.hk.  Please mark “Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme Application” on the envelop cover and the email title column respectively.  Please ensure payment of sufficient postage, the Secretariat will not accept underpaid mails nor bear the surcharge so arising.  In case the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. on 30 September 2021 (Thursday), the cut-off time will be extended to 5:00 p.m. on the next working day.  Special announcement about the details will be made on the CCFS webpage.  Applications submitted after the above cut-off date will be considered in the next round of application assessment.

Incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the requirements as stated in the Guide to Application (Version 1.4, Aug 2021) and relevant Application Form (Version 1.4, Aug 2021) will not be processed.

In order to achieve sustainable conservation and revitalisation in the remote countryside, the CCFS will introduce enhancement measures to facilitate the smooth implementation of the project and increase the flexibility of the funding scheme. These measures include the assignment of a subject officer to strengthen communication with the project organisations, extension of the public access periods of the restored built heritage, streamlining procurement procedures, and encouraging project organisations to conduct more conservation activities.

The Countryside Conservation Office will organise an online briefing session on 17 September 2021 (Friday) to assist interested local non-profit making organisations (NPOs)/bodies/persons to have a better understanding of the CCFS.  Details are as follows:

Date: 17 September 2021 (Friday)
Time: 10:30 – 11:45 am
Format: Online conferencing (Zoom Cloud Meetings)
Language: Cantonese
Rundown: Overview of CCFS
Key points to note
Enhancement measures
Application procedures
Assessment criteria
Project progress monitoring
Q&A

For information and download of Zoom Cloud Meeting, please visit https://zoom.us/ and https://zoom.us/download.

Interested parties may complete the reply slip and email it to ccfs@epd.gov.hk before 14 September 2021 (Tuesday).  Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email with link and other details of the briefing.  If there is any enquiry, please contact the Secretariat at 3151 7137 during office hours or via email (ccfs@epd.gov.hk).

The cut-off date of application for the next round of application assessment will be announced in the CCFS webpage.

The Online Briefing Session has already been held on 17 September 2021.  Interested parties may find the presentation material and the video recording for reference.

 

26 February 2021

Cut-off Date of this Round of Application and Online Briefing Session

The cut-off date of application for the coming round of application assessment is 30 April 2021 (Friday) and it is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the application results would be in around August 2021.

Applicant organisations should read the Guide to Application (Version 1.3, Feb 2021) carefully and fill in the relevant Application Form (MA projects / BH, CR and RA projects) (Version 1.3, Feb 2021).  Both the original copy and the soft copy of the completed Application Form should reach the Secretariat of the Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS) before 5:00 p.m. of the cut-off date on 30 April 2021 (Friday).  The original copy should be addressed to 22/F, Chinachem Exchange Square, 1 Hoi Wan Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong and the soft copy should be emailed to ccfs@epd.gov.hk.  Please mark “Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme Application” on the envelop cover and the email title column respectively.  Please ensure payment of sufficient postage, the Secretariat will not accept underpaid mails nor bear the surcharge so arising.  In case the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. on 30 April 2021 (Friday), the cut-off time will be extended to 5:00 p.m. on the next working day.  Special announcement about the details will be made on the CCFS webpage.  Applications submitted after the above cut-off date will be considered in the next round of application assessment.

Incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the requirements as stated in the Guide to Application (Version 1.3, Feb 2021) and relevant Application Form (Version 1.3, Feb 2021) will not be processed.

The Countryside Conservation Office will organise an online briefing session on 12 March 2021 (Friday) to assist interested local non-profit making organisations (NPOs)/bodies/persons to have a better understanding of the CCFS including the objectives, key points, enhancement measures introduced in February 2021 and also to answer related questions.  Details are as follows:

Date: 12 March 2021 (Friday)
Time: 10:30 – 11:45 am
Format: Online conferencing (Zoom Cloud Meetings)
Language: Cantonese
Rundown: Overview of CCFS
Key points to note
Enhancement measures
Application procedures
Assessment criteria
Project progress monitoring
Q&A

Interested parties may complete the reply slip and email it to ccfs@epd.gov.hk before 5 March 2021 (Friday).  Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email with link and other details of the briefing.  If there is any enquiry , please contact the Secretariat at 3151 7137 during office hours or via email (ccfs@epd.gov.hk).

The cut-off date of application for the next round of application assessment will be announced in the CCFS webpage.

 

20 February 2021

CCFS Approved Seven Projects and Introduced Enhancement Measures

The Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS) has approved a total of seven projects involving a total grant of around $40 million in the latest round of application.  Details of the seven approved projects are available here.

To encourage more promising CCFS projects to be carried out in the countryside, the Environmental Protection Department will introduce enhancement measures, include increasing the number of application assessment to three rounds every year on need basis, increasing the funding cap for three specific types of projects (Formulation of Proposals on Restoration of Built Heritage (BH), Cultural Rehabilitation/Revitalisation (CR) Projects and Research Activities (RA) on Countryside Conservation and Revitalisation) from $2 million to $3 million, and considering the staff cost ratio in the budget for BH, CR and RA based on the merits of individual application.  Details of the enhancement measures are available in the Guide to Application (Version 1.3, Feb 2021).

Applications for the CCFS are accepted all-year-round.  Details of the next round of application will be announced in this webpage on 26 February 2021.

 

9 September 2020

Cut-off Date of Submission and Online Briefing Session

(Online Briefing Session already held on 21 September 2020)

Starting from May 2020, the Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS) is accepting applications for Nature Conservation Management Agreement (MA) Projects, Formulation of Proposals on Restoration of Built Heritage (BH), Cultural Rehabilitation / Revitalisation (CR) Projects; and Research Activities (RA) on Countryside Conservation and Revitalisation all-year-round which will be assessed in two batches every year with two cut-off dates of submission for the two rounds of application assessment. The cut-off date of submission of applications for the coming round of application assessment is 15 October 2020 (Thursday) and it is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the results would be around January 2021.  The cut-off date of submission for the next round of application assessment will be around April 2021 (the exact date will be announced in the CCFS webpage).

Applicant organisations should read the Guide to Application (Version 1.2, Sep 2020) carefully and fill in the relevant Application Form (MA projects / BH, CR and RA projects) (Version 1.2, Sep 2020).  In light of the possible change in service hours of Government offices arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic, applicant organisations can first email the softcopy of the completed Application Form to ccfs@epd.gov.hk before 5:00 p.m. of the cut-off date on 15 October 2020 (Thursday) (Please state “Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme Application” as the title of the email.), and the original copy of the completed Application Form must then reach the Secretariat of the Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (Address: 22/F, Chinachem Exchange Square, 1 Hoi Wan Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong) before 5:00 p.m. on 22 October 2020 (Thursday) (Please state “Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme Application” on the envelope.). Please ensure payment of sufficient postage, the Secretariat will not accept underpaid mails nor bear the surcharge so arisen. In case the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force, or suspension of major public transport for any duration between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. on 15 October 2020, the cut-off time will be extended to 5:00 p.m. on the next working day. Special announcement about the details will be made on the CCFS webpage. Applications submitted after the above cut-off date will be considered in the next round of application assessment.

Incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the instructions and requirements as stated in the Guide to Application (Version 1.2, Sep 2020) and relevant Application Form (Version 1.2, Sep 2020) will not be processed.

The Countryside Conservation Office will organise an online briefing session on 21 September 2020 (Monday) to assist interested local non-profit making organisations (NPOs) / bodies / persons to understand the key points of the CCFS and answer related questions, interested parties are welcome to join this briefing session for a better understanding of CCFS’s objectives and important points to note in drawing up application proposals, details are as follows:

Date: 21 September 2020 (Monday)
Time: 3:00 – 4:15 pm
Format: Online conferencing (Zoom Cloud Meetings)
Language: Cantonese
Rundown: Overview of CCFS
Key points to note
Vetting criteria
Application procedures
Project progress monitoring
Q&A

For information and download of Zoom Cloud Meeting, please visit https://zoom.us/ and https://zoom.us/download.

For those interested organisations / bodies / persons for enrolling the online briefing session, please complete the reply slip and email it to ccfs@epd.gov.hk before 15 September 2020 (Tuesday).  The Secretariat will later send the confirmation email and the link of the briefing session to the email addresses provided in the reply slip.  For any enquiry or assistance in completing the Application Form, please contact the Secretariat at 3151 7137 during office hours or via email (ccfs@epd.gov.hk).

 

5 May 2020

Invitation of Applications under the Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme

(Already cut off on 5 June 2020)

The Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS) started the first stage of invitation for applications in October 2019. At the first stage, applications for Nature Conservation Management Agreement (MA) projects on ecological or nature conservation were invited, where additional funding support could also be applied for proposals which would enhance revitalisation of architectural heritage and/or cultural assets and supplement the execution of the MA projects.  To further encourage proposals for enhancing countryside conservation, the scope of the first stage of the CCFS is expanded in May 2020 to also accept applications for Formulation of Proposals on Restoration of Built Heritage (BH), Cultural Rehabilitation / Revitalisation (CR) Projects; and Research Activities (RA) on Countryside Conservation and Revitalisation. These three types of applications can be submitted on a stand-alone basis without the need of linkage to any MA projects. The second stage of the CCFS will expand further the funding scope to cover more countryside conservation projects, details to be confirmed.

The CCFS is from now on accepting applications all-year-round which will be assessed in two batches every year with two cut-off dates of submission for the two rounds of application assessment. The cut-off date of submission of MA, BH, CR and RA applications for the coming round of application assessment is 5 June 2020 (Friday) and it is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the results would be around August 2020. The cut-off date of submission under the CCFS for the next round of application assessment will be around October 2020 (the exact date will be announced in the CCFS webpage).

Further to our announcement on 3 April 2020, the Online Briefing Session on CCFS is confirmed to be held on 8 May 2020 (Friday) (10:30 – 11:45 am). The Secretariat will soon send the confirmation email and the details for joining the online briefing session to the email addresses provided in the reply slips received earlier. For those interested organisations/ bodies/ persons that have not yet enrolled, please complete the reply slip and email it to ccfs@epd.gov.hk before 7 May 2020 (Thursday).

Applicant organisations should read the Guide to Application (Version 1.1, May 2020) carefully and fill in the relevant Application Form (MA projects / BH, CR and RA projects) (Version 1.1, May 2020). In light of the possible change in service hours of Government offices arisen from the Covid-19 pandemic, applicant organisations can first email the softcopy of the completed Application Form to ccfs@epd.gov.hk before 5:00 p.m. of the cut-off date on 5 June 2020 (Friday) (Please state “Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme Application” as the title of the email.), and the original copy of the completed Application Form must then reach the Secretariat of the Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (Address: 22/F, Chinachem Exchange Square, 1 Hoi Wan Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong) before 5:00 p.m. on 12 June 2020 (Friday) (Please state “Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme Application” on the envelope.). Please ensure payment of sufficient postage, the Secretariat will not accept underpaid mails nor bear the surcharge so arisen. In case the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force, or suspension of major public transport for any duration between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. on 5 June 2020, the cut-off time will be extended to 5:00 p.m. on the next working day. Special announcement about the details will be made on the webpage of the CCFS. Applications submitted after the above cut-off date will be considered in the next round of application assessment.

Incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the instructions and requirements as stated in the Guide to Application (Version 1.1, May 2020) and relevant Application Form (Version 1.1, May 2020) will not be processed.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the Application Form, you may contact the Secretariat of the CCFS at 3151 7137 during office hours or via email (ccfs@epd.gov.hk).

 

3 April 2020

Online Briefing Session on CCFS

(Already held on 8 May 2020)

Following the first stage of invitation for applications under the Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS) in October 2019, the CCFS will soon invite applications and will add new elements to further encourage proposals for enhancing conservation in remote countryside. The Countryside Conservation Office will organise an online briefing session in mid-April 2020 (exact date will be announced in due course) to assist interested local non-profit making organisations (NPOs) / bodies / persons to understand the key points of the CCFS, the content of new elements and answer related questions, details are as follows:

Date:

Mid-April 2020 (exact date will be announced in due course)

Time:

10:30 - 11:45 am

Format:

Online conferencing (Zoom Cloud Meetings)

Language:

Cantonese

Rundown:

Briefing on CCFS

  • Overview of CCFS
  • New elements of CCFS
  • Key points to note
  • Vetting Criteria
  • Application procedure
  • Progress monitoring
  • Q&A

For information and download of Zoom Cloud Meetings, please visit https://zoom.us/ and https://zoom.us/download.

For those interested organisations/ bodies/ persons for enrolling the online briefing session, please complete the reply slip and email it to ccfs@epd.gov.hk before 13 April 2020 (Monday). The Secretariat will later send the confirmation email and the link of the briefing session to the email addresses provided in the reply slip. For any enquiry, please contact the Secretariat of the CCFS at 3151 7137. 

 

18 October 2019

Invitation of Application for Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects

(Already closed on 18 November 2019)

As the first stage, the Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (CCFS) is calling for applications for Nature Conservation Management Agreement (MA) projects until 18 November 2019. The second stage of the CCFS will expand the funding scope to cover more remote countryside area, details to be confirmed.

Applicant organisations should read the Guide to Application for MA projects carefully and fill in the relevant Application Form. Completed Application Form should reach the Secretariat of the Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme (Address: 22/F, Chinachem Exchange Square, 1 Hoi Wan Street, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong) before 5:00 p.m. on 18 November 2019 (Monday). (Please state “Countryside Conservation Funding Scheme Application” on the envelope.) For applications submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 18 November 2019. Please ensure payment of sufficient postage; the Secretariat will not accept underpaid mails nor bear the surcharge so arisen. In case the Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force, or suspension of major public transport for any duration between 12:00 noon and 5:00 p.m. on 18 November 2019, the invitation closing time will be extended to 5:00 p.m. on the next working day. Special announcement about the details will be made on the webpage of CCFS.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the instructions and requirements as stated in the Guide to Application and relevant Application Form will not be processed.

It is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the result would be in January 2020. Invitation for the next round of application for MA projects is tentatively scheduled for the second quarter of 2020.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the Application Form, you may contact the Secretariat of the CCFS at 3151 7137 during office hours or via email (ccfs@epd.gov.hk).

 

Briefing on CCFS 

(Already held on 30 October 2019)

EPD will organise a briefing session on CCFS to elaborate on the application requirements and the points to note in applying for funding support for the MA projects. Incumbent recipients of the Environment and Conservation Fund will also be there to exchange views and share experience in running MA projects with the audience.

Interested local non-profit making organisations (NPOs)/ bodies are welcome to join the briefing session to know more about the project scope, funding arrangements and application procedures. Details of the briefing are as follows:

Date:               30 October 2019 (Wednesday)
Time:               10:30 am - 12:15 pm (Registration starts at 10:00 am)
Venue:             Lecture Hall, G/F, Hong Kong Museum of History
Address:          100 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Language:       Cantonese

For enquiry and enrollment, please email to ccfs@epd.gov.hk or contact the Secretariat of the CCFS at 3151 7137.

 

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