(Updated on 19 October 2020)
Since the launch of the ‘Support Scheme for Arts & Cultural Sector’ (the ‘Scheme’) on 20 March 2020, Hong Kong Arts Development Council (HKADC) has received over 5,200 applications. As at 16 October, HKADC has disbursed a total of $14.89 million subsidy to more than 340 HKADC funded arts organisations/projects (including the grant recipients of “Year Grant”, “Literary Arts Platform Project”, “Eminent Arts Group Scheme”, ‘Project Grant’, ‘Matching Fund Scheme’ and commissioned projects). In addition, almost 5,200 applications of non-HKADC funded arts projects and individual arts practitioners have been processed, and over $25.73 million subsidy has been disbursed, including almost 3,500 individual arts practitioners. Up to the present, the Scheme has already disbursed/ approved a total of $40.62 million subsidy.
For the third round of the Anti-epidemic Fund, the Home Affairs Bureau will disburse an additional subsidy of $5,000 via HKADC to individual arts practitioners who have already received the full or partial subsidy of $7,500 under Category D, which means the maximum subsidy amount for each person is $12,500. HKADC plans to disburse the direct subsidy according to application record starting from early November.
In addition, HKADC now accepts applications from individual arts practitioners working for grant recipients of HKADC’s “Project Grant” (except “Cultural Exchange Grant”) with jobs lost between 29 January and 30 September 2020 due to the cancellation/ postponement of the concerned projects. Individual arts practitioners may apply for subsidy under Category D – Individual Arts Practitioners for the unpaid remuneration if they are not fully/ partially remunerated by the projects. The maximum subsidy amount for each person is $7,500. If individual arts practitioners have already received full subsidy ($7,500) from HKADC from other jobs, they should not re-submit applications.
HKADC first launched the “Support Scheme for Arts & Cultural Sector” before Chinese New Year to strengthen support towards small and medium-sized arts organisations and arts practitioners whose activities and work were cancelled or impacted in 2019. The original budget is HK$5 million. Owing to the adverse impact of COVID-19, almost all arts events have been cancelled or postponed since February. The situation has gravely impacted the work and livelihood of local arts organisations and arts practitioners.
To address the pressing needs of the arts sector, the Government’s Anti-epidemic Fund has channelled HK$150 million through Home Affairs Bureau to support the arts sector, of which HK$50 million is allocated to HKADC to strengthen its “Support Scheme for Arts & Cultural Sector”, increasing the total budget to HK$55 million to help relieve the financial burden of the arts sector during this difficult period. With the agreement of Anti-epidemic Fund Steering Committee in mid-June, the Home Affairs Bureau further disbursed an extra direct subsidy of $80,000 via HKADC to grant recipients of HKADC’s “Year Grant”, “Literary Arts Platform Project” and “Eminent Arts Group Scheme” in July. The total amount is HK$3.52 million, making the total budget of the Support Scheme to HK$58.52 million.
(Updated on 19 October 2020)
Category A – Grant recipients of HKADC’s 2019/20 Year Grant, Literary Arts Platform Project and Eminent Arts Group Scheme
Category B – Projects funded or commissioned by HKADC
Category C – Non-HKADC funded arts projects cancelled due to the epidemic
Category D – Individual arts practitioners with work cancelled due to the epidemic
For arts practitioners and organisations that need to submit applications, they may submit their applications by email at email@example.com, or by mail/ in person to Hong Kong Arts Development Council at 10/F, 1063 King’s Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong from now to 16 November 2020 (Monday) 6pm. Please mark “Support Scheme for Arts & Cultural Sector” on the envelope. Please send one application only by e-mail/mail/in person. For postal applications, the deadline is determined by the postmark. For applications submitted by email, the deadline is determined by the received time of HKADC’s email box. In general, the Administration Office will process all acceptable applications and disburse the funding within approximately four to six weeks afterwards.
Fund Payment for 3rd Round of Anti-Epidemic Fund
Individual arts practitioners who have already received subsidy under Category D will be disbursed an additional subsidy of $5,000 starting from early November and do not need to apply.
All applications are assessed by the special panel of HKADC. HKADC reserves final discretion on arrangement of assessment and the assessment result (includes but not limited to the approved sum for each application).
Enquiries may be addressed to Hong Kong Arts Development Council by phone at 2827 8786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.