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Funding Scheme For Women's Development

Funding Scheme For Women's Development

Empowerment of women is one of the three major strategies adopted by Women’s Commission (WoC) in fulfilling its mission of “enabling women to fully realise their due status, rights and opportunities in all aspects of life”. WoC believes that by organising programmes that aimed at developing the capacities of women, their potentials can be unleashed and enhanced, and they would be better equipped to contribute to society and help build a better community.

To encourage the community in organising programmes and activities conducive to women’s development, WoC has launched the Funding Scheme for Women’s Development (Funding Scheme) since 2012 and invited women’s groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) providing services for women to submit applications. The annual funding allocation of the Funding Scheme is $4 million, of which $3 million will be allocated by WoC to women’s groups and NGOs providing services for women in organising regional or territory-wide activities (Funding Scheme (WoC Stream)). The funding cap for one-year, two-year and three-year projects will be $200,000, $400,000 and $600,000 respectively. As for the remaining $1 million, funding would be allocated by WoC to district based organisations for organising one-off short-term events with less than one year’s duration in single district (Funding Scheme (District Stream)). The funding cap will be $53,000 for each district. When one district has been given funding support, priority would be given to applications from other districts, so that the $1 million funding can be evenly distributed among the 18 districts where possible to meet the overall objective of supporting women’s development at district level.

For Funding Scheme (WoC Stream), there will be two rounds of applications each year, one approximately in the second quarter whereas the other one approximately in the fourth quarter. As for Funding Scheme (District Stream), application will only be opened approximately in the second quarter each year. The 2022-23 Funding Scheme (WoC Stream) (First Round) and Funding Scheme (District Stream) are now open for application. If your organisation wishes to apply for the Funding Scheme, please submit duly completed funding application forms, together with supporting documents, by mail or in person to the WoC Secretariat, 10/F, West Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong, on or before 5:00pm, 25 May 2022. (Date on the postmark would be treated as the date of submission if application is delivered by post. Applicants should ensure that sufficient postage is affixed before posting so as to avoid unsuccessful delivery of application. Any underpaid/unpaid mail items will be returned or disposed of by the Hongkong Post.) Please state on the envelope “Application for the Women’s Commission Funding Scheme for Women’s Development 2022-23”. Late application will not be considered and they will not be carried forward to the next round of application automatically.

Applicants for the Funding Scheme (WoC Stream) should organise regional or territory-wide activities, i.e. applicants should organise programmes in more than one districts, for instance, Central and Western district and Southern district. Applicants can choose to apply for a one-year, two-year or three-year project. For one-year projects, applicants are required to complete all activities on or before 30 April 2023 and submit a final report on or before 31 May 2023. For two-year projects, applicants are required to complete all activities on or before 30 April 2024 and submit a final report on or before 31 May 2024. For three-year projects, applicants are required to complete all activities on or before 30 April 2025 and submit a final report on or before 31 May 2025. In addition, applicants are required to submit a progress report every six months for two-year and three-year projects.

Applicants for the Funding Scheme (District Stream) could organise one-off or short-term events with less than one year’s duration in single district suiting the needs of women in the local community and conducive to their development. Applicants are required to complete all activities on or before 28 February 2023 and submit a final report on or before 15 March 2023.

An overview of application details for the Funding Scheme (WoC Stream) and Funding Scheme (District Stream) is available for download here.

In order to attract a greater variety of applications and create more synergy with women’s groups and NGOs providing services for women, the themes for the Funding Scheme in 2022-23 will continue to be “Enhancing women’s employability and empowering them to live a splendid life”, “Promoting women’s health and enabling them to live a happy life” and “Empowering women and bringing their strengths into full play”. We hope that this would enable women’s groups and NGOs providing services for women to organise different programmes and activities relating to women’s employment, women’s health and women’s empowerment which are conducive to women’s development.

The funding guidelines and funding application form are available for download in this webpage.

An overview and a promotion video of the Funding Scheme are uploaded for reference (Chinese only).


For enquiries, please contact the WoC Secretariat.

Funding guidelines and funding application form (applicable for Women's Commission Stream)

Description PDF Word/
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Funding Scheme for Women's Development (Women's Commission Stream) Funding Guidelines
Annex A Permissible Items of Expenditure for Projects and Limits of Expenditure
Annex B Funding Application Form doc
Annex C Form of Application for Change of Approved Budget doc
Annex D Detailed Payment Arrangements doc
Annex E Record of Quotations doc
Annex F Final Report doc
Annex G Financial Report doc
Annex H Specimen – Report of an Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagement Conducted by a Certified Public Accountant (Practising) of a Corporate Practice within the Meaning of the Professional Accounts Ordinance (Chapter 50) doc
Annex I Progress Report doc
Budget Form (One-year project)   xls
Budget Form (Two-year project)   xls
Budget Form (Three-year project)   xls
Gender Mainstreaming Checklist (Part One) - for completion upon award of a project (Chinese version only)
Gender Mainstreaming Checklist (Part Two) - for completion after completion of project or after the first year of implementation of the project (Chinese version only)


Funding guidelines and funding application form (applicable for District Stream)

Description PDF Word/
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Funding Scheme for Women's Development (District Stream) Funding Guidelines
Annex A Permissible Items of Expenditure for Projects and Limits of Expenditure
Annex B Funding Application Form doc
Annex C Form of Application for Change of Approved Budget doc
Annex D Detailed Payment Arrangements doc
Annex E Record of Quotations doc
Annex F Final Report doc
Annex G Financial Report doc
Annex H Summary Report of Participants’ Responses to Questionnaire doc
Annex I Participants’ Questionnaire doc