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Phase 2 mental health scheme set

Eligible organisations are invited to apply for funding support for the implementation of mental health projects under the second phase of the Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme.   Non-governmental organisations receiving recurrent subvention from the Social Welfare Department, Hong Kong Council of Social Service agency members and tertiary institutions registered under the laws of Hong Kong may submit proposals to the Advisory Committee on Mental Health by August 3 for funding support.   Priority will be accorded to projects that fall into one of the five specified service areas: support for carers, support for children and adolescents with special educational needs, strengthening of family relationship, support for the elderly with mental health needs, and support for bereavement and grief management.   The application assessment will be based on the proposal submitted, taking into account the project’s strength, impact, design and feasibility as well as the applicant org

Solar energy scheme opens

The Solar Harvest - Solar Energy Support Scheme for Schools & Welfare Non-Governmental Organisations opened for a new round of applications today.   The scheme aims to promote the development of local renewable energy.   It provides non-government and non-profit-making schools, as well as welfare non-governmental organisations (NGOs) receiving recurrent subvention from the Social Welfare Department, with a one-stop service to install solar energy generation systems at their premises free of charge.   It also assists participating schools and organisations in joining the Feed-in Tariff Scheme of the two power companies.   Plus, the schools can integrate the solar energy generation system into teaching to enhance students' environmental awareness and interest in science.   The Government said the scheme has received an enthusiastic response since its launch in 2019. As at December 2020, the Electrical & Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) had received more than 350 applications, with more than 90% from schools.   The EMSD has also installed solar energy generation systems at more than 110 schools and welfare NGOs. It is estimated that this batch of systems can generate more than 880,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, equivalent to the monthly electricity consumption of about 3,200 families.   The deadline for applications is July 30. Applications submitted on or before April 30 will be given priority, such that works may commence in July 2021 at the earliest.   Click here for information.
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