9 June 2017

Invitation of Applications for "Resource Smart" (under Community Waste Reduction Projects, First Round in 2017/18)

The Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) Committee is calling for applications for “Resource Smart” from 9 June to 3 July 2017.

To enhance the support to the community in waste reduction and recycling, ECF has reserved $10 million in 2017/18 to support a new funding programme – “Resource Smart”. It will provide funding to recipient organisations to undertake two categories of programme activities, namely Proactive Collection and Collection Vehicles, in order to mobilise different sectors of the community to participate in recycling and to boost the recovery rate of recyclables. Projects under “Resource Smart” should be within a 6- to 12-month duration and are subject to the budget caps of $1 million for Proactive Collection and $2 million for Collection Vehicles. Project proposals regarding waste reduction in general, not by the means of Proactive Collection nor Collection Vehicles, should be submitted through “Applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects”.

Applicants should read the Guide to Application for “Resource Smart” carefully and fill in the relevant Application Form(s) (Proactive Collection and/or Collection Vehicles). Completed application form should reach the office of the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 3 July 2017 (Monday). (Please state “Resource Smart” on the envelope.) For applications submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 3 July 2017. Please ensure payment of sufficient postage; the Secretariat will not accept underpaid mails nor bear the surcharge so arisen. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 3 July 2017, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day. 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 for “Resource Smart” will not be processed. Result of applications would be released in the fourth quarter of 2017 the earliest.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form, you may contact the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat at 2835 1219 or via email (wrp@epd.gov.hk).


5 June 2017

Briefing on “Resource Smart” Funding Porgramme

To enhance the support to the community in waste reduction and recycling, the Environment and Conservation Fund has reserved $10 million in 2017/18 to support a new funding programme – “Resource Smart”. Interested local non-profit making organisations are welcome to join a briefing for details of the programme.

“Resource Smart” will provide funding to recipient organisations to undertake two categories of programme activities, namely Proactive Collection and Collection Vehicles, in order to provide assistance in local recycling and to boost the recovery rate of recyclables.

The objectives and requirements of “Resource Smart” together with the application procedures and points to note for submission of application will be elaborated at the briefing. Details of the briefing are as follows:

Date: 13 June 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm (Registration starts at 2:15 pm)
Venue: Eastern Community Green Station
Address: 30 Oi Shun Road, Shau Kei Wan
Language: Cantonese

For enquiry and enrollment, please email to whhui@epd.gov.hk or contact Mr. HUI of the Environmental Protection Department at 3528 0485 on 9 June 2017 (Friday) or before.


19 May 2017

Invitation of Applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects (First Round in 2017/2018)

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects from 19 May to 3 July 2017. About $45 million is available in this round of invitation for Community Waste Reduction Projects.

Community Waste Reduction Projects

Applicants should read the Guide to Application for Community Waste Reduction Projects carefully and fill-in the relevant Application Form. Completed application form delivered by hand should reach the office of the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 3 July 2017 (Monday). (Please state “Community Waste Reduction Projects” on the envelope.) If the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 3 July 2017 (Monday). Please ensure payment of sufficient postage. The Secretariat will not accept underpaid mails nor bear the surcharge so arisen. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 3 July 2017 (Monday), the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Regarding application submissions for Source Separation of Waste Programme Projects, please refer to the dedicated Guide to Application and Application Form for the programme.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including an application submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy of the application form, or the application form is not personally signed by the person-in-charge of the proposed project (Head or Deputy Head of the applicant organisation) and affixed with an original seal of the applicant organisation, will not be processed.

It is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the result would be in October/November 2017. Invitation for the next round of applications is tentatively scheduled for November/December 2017.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form for Community Waste Reduction Projects, you may contact the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat at 2835 1219 or via email (wrp@epd.gov.hk).


19 May 2017

Invitation of Applications for Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging

The Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) Committee is calling for applications for Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging from 19 May 2017 (Friday) to 3 July 2017 (Monday).

In support of the Government’s initiative to follow the recommendations of the Council for Sustainable Development and implement municipal solid waste (MSW) charging, the ECF Committee has earmarked funding to subsidise community involvement projects for waste charging. This is to update various waste producers (including households from residential buildings, tenants of commercial/industrial establishments, other institutions or community service units) on the new initiative and prepare them for behavioural change before the implementation of MSW charging.

Applicants should read the Guide to Application for Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging carefully and fill-in the relevant Application Form. Completed application form delivered by hand should reach the office of the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 3 July 2017 (Monday). (Please state “Community Involvement Projects for Waste Charging” on the envelope.) If the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 3 July 2017 (Monday). In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 3 July 2017, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including applications submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy, or the application form is not personally signed by the person-in-charge of the proposed project (that is the Head or Deputy Head of the applicant organisation) and/or affixed with an original seal of the applicant organisation, will not be processed.

The ECF Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee will vet all the applications. Those applications involving funding of more than $2 million will need to be approved by the ECF Committee. It is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the result would be in the fourth quarter of 2017. For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form for Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging, you may contact the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat at 2835 1003 or via email (wrp@epd.gov.hk).


28 April 2017

The Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat of the Environment and Conservation Fund and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) will jointly organise a briefing on “Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging”. Representatives from EPD and the Secretariat will respectively elaborate on the community involvement projects for waste charging and the points to note in applying for funding support. Successful applicants of the previous batches will also be there to exchange views and share experience with other participants.

Local non-profit making organisations/ community who are interested in submitting funding applications are welcome to join the briefing session to know more about the nature of community involvement projects for waste charging. Details of the briefing are as follows:

Date: 23rd May 2017 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Registration starts at 2:00 pm)
Venue: Room 101 Auditorium, 1/F, The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong
Address: 3 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese

For enquiry and enrollment, please email to wastecharging@epd.gov.hk or contact Ms Ho of EPD at 3528 0474.


31 March 2017

Invitation of Applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects - First Round in 2017/18

Funding applications for Environmental Education and Community Action (EE&CA) Projects (including projects with proposed installation of demonstration facilities) from local non-profit making organisations are hereby invited. The period for submission of applications is from 31 March 2017 (Friday) to 29 May 2017 (Monday).

From 2017/18 onwards, EE&CA Projects would no longer be categorized into “General Projects” and “Demonstration Projects”. Applicant organisations may, based on their project objectives and target participants, submit applications that comprise both environmental education activities and installation of demonstration facilities as necessary.

Please click here for details.


21 February 2017

Invitation for Funding Applications for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference Projects (2017)

Funding applications for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference (RTDC) projects are hereby invited. The period for submission of applications is from 22 February 2017 to 2 May 2017. Under this round of invitation, about $30 million will be available for supporting worthy projects selected by the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF), about 10% of which will be set for conference projects.

The updated Guide to Application, Application Form and Progress / Completion Report Form for RTDC projects are posted at the ECF website at: http://www.ecf.gov.hk/en/application/index.html. Duly completed applications should reach the Secretariat, ECF Research Projects Vetting Subcommittee at 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) at or before 6:00 p.m. on 2 May 2017 (Tuesday). For applications submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before the invitation closing date. Please ensure payment of sufficient postage. The Secretariat will not accept underpaid mails nor bear the surcharge so arisen. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on the invitation closing date, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including applications submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy of the application form, or the application form is not personally signed by the person-in-charge of the proposed project and affixed with an original seal of the applicant organization, will not be processed.

Environmental research and technology demonstration projects should have contributions in a direct and practical way towards environmental improvement and conservation of the local environment. Technology demonstration projects should also promote and encourage the adoption of technologies by different sectors in Hong Kong. The benefits must accrue to one or more industries, and not just to individual companies. Successful projects should be publicised so as to disseminate the results of completed projects and to ensure widespread adoption of the technologies by relevant sectors. International conferences should facilitate exchange of best practices, expertise and experience on environmental and conservation issues and raise Hong Kong’s profile as a leading green city. For details of the assessment arrangements, please refer to the Guide to Application for RTDC projects posted at the ECF website.

Results of applications for conference projects are expected to be available around July / August 2017. Results of applications for research and/or technology demonstration projects are expected to be available in early 2018.

For general enquiries concerning application, you may contact the Secretariat, Research Projects Vetting Subcommittee at 2835 1719 or via email ( rtdc@epd.gov.hk ).


6 January 2017

Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference Projects

The latest version of Guide to Application, Application Form and Progress / Completion Report form for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference projects have been uploaded at the ECF website at: http://www.ecf.gov.hk/en/application/index.html.

Please be reminded to use the latest version of Progress/Completion Report form in preparing the Progress/Completion Report for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference projects.


4 November 2016

Invitation of Applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects (Second Round in 2016/17)

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects from 4 November to 12 December 2016. About $43 million (out of which, about 35% with priority consideration for applications relating to the theme of food waste reduction/recycling) is available in this round of invitation for Community Waste Reduction Projects.

Community Waste Reduction Projects

Applicants should read the Guide to Application for Community Waste Reduction Projects carefully and fill-in the relevant Application Form . Completed application form delivered by hand should reach the office of the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 12 December 2016 (Monday). (Please state “Community Waste Reduction Projects” on the envelope.) If the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 12 December 2016 (Monday). Please ensure payment of sufficient postage. The Secretariat will not accept underpaid mails nor bear the surcharge so arisen. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 12 December 2016 (Monday), the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Regarding application submissions for Source Separation of Waste Programme Projects, please refer to the dedicated Guide to Application and Application Form for the programme.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including an application submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy of the application form, or the application form is not personally signed by the person-in-charge of the proposed project (Head or Deputy Head of the applicant organisation) and affixed with an original seal of the applicant organisation, will not be processed.

It is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the result would be in March/April 2017.  Invitation for the next round of applications is tentatively scheduled for May/June 2017.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form for Community Waste Reduction Projects, you may contact the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat at 2835 1219 or via email (wrp@epd.gov.hk).


2 September 2016

Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference Projects – Progress/Completion Report

The latest version of the Progress/Completion Report form of Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference projects has been uploaded at here. Please be reminded to use the latest version of Progress/Completion Report form in preparing the Progress/Completion Report for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference projects.


26 August 2016

Invitation of Applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (General Projects)_Second Round in 2016/17

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (General Projects) from 26 August to 14 November 2016. Please click here for details.


15 August 2016

Invitation of Applications for Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects from 15 August to 26 September 2016. Applications to Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects must contribute to enhancing the conservation of the sites concerned through management agreements between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and landowners or tenants. Under these agreements, NGOs may provide landowners or tenants with financial incentives in exchange for management rights over their land or their cooperation in enhancing conservation of the priority sites, country park enclaves or private land in country parks listed in Appendix 1 of the Guide to Application.

For details, please refer to the Guide to Application and Application Form for Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects.  Please note that the Guide to Application had been updated. Please refer to the updated Guide to Application in preparing your application. Completed application form (in both hard and soft copies) should be returned to the Nature Conservation and Infrastructure Planning Division, Environmental Protection Department (EPD) (address: 15/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 26 September 2016 (if the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 26 September 2016). In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 26 September 2016, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day. Late applications will not be processed.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form, you may contact the Nature Conservation & Infrastructure Planning Division of EPD at 3509 8645 / 2594 6030 or via email (nc@epd.gov.hk).


20 May 2016

Invitation of Applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects (First Round in 2016/17)

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects from 20 May to 27 June 2016. About $60 million (out of which, about 15% with priority consideration for applications relating to the theme of food waste reduction/recycling) is available in this round of invitation for Community Waste Reduction Projects.

Community Waste Reduction Projects

Applicants should read the Guide to Application for Community Waste Reduction Projects carefully and fill-in the relevant Application Form. Completed application form delivered by hand should reach the office of the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 27 June 2016. (Please state “Community Waste Reduction Projects” on the envelope.) If the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 27 June 2016. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 27 June 2016, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Applicants who are planning to organize glass bottle recycling programmes or activities should note that the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has collaborated with the Hong Kong Housing Authority for a full implementation of glass bottle recycling programme at all the public rental housing estates. EPD has also been rolling out other glass bottle recycling programmes serving the private housing estates in various districts in parallel. For more details, please visit the relevant website. Applicants should check and avoid possible duplication of efforts.

Regarding application submissions for Source Separation of Waste Programme Projects, please refer to the dedicated Guide to Application and Application Form for the programme.

Applicants for projects under the funding scheme of Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging should refer to separate announcement below.

Applicants of various funding schemes should ensure that the correct application form is used according to the nature of their proposals. The Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee will consider each proposal following the criteria set out in the Guide to Application of the corresponding funding scheme.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including an application submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy, or the application form is not personally signed by the person-in-charge of the proposed project (Head or Deputy Head of the applicant organisation) and affixed with an original seal of the applicant organisation, will not be processed.

It is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the result would be in October/November 2016. Invitation for the next round of applications is tentatively scheduled for October/November 2016.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form for Community Waste Reduction Projects, you may contact the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat at 2835 1219 or via email (wrp@epd.gov.hk).


6 May 2016

Invitation of Applications for Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging (First Round in 2016/17)

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging from 6 May to 27 June 2016.

In support of the Government’s initiative to follow the recommendations of the Council for Sustainable Development and implement municipal solid waste (MSW) charging, the Environment and Conservation Fund Committee has earmarked funding to subsidise community involvement projects for waste charging. This is to update various waste producers (including households from residential buildings, tenants of commercial/industrial establishments, other institutions or community service units) on the new initiative and prepare them for behavioural change before the implementation of MSW charging.

Applicants should read the Guide to Application for Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging carefully and fill-in the relevant Application Form. Completed application form delivered by hand should reach the office of the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 27 June 2016. (Please state “Community Involvement Projects for Waste Charging” on the envelope.) If the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 27 June 2016. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 27 June 2016, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including applications submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy, or the application form is not personally signed by the person-in-charge of the proposed project (Head or Deputy Head of the applicant organisation) and affixed with an original seal of the applicant organisation, will not be processed.

It is expected that the assessment result would be announced in October/November 2016. Invitation for the next round of applications is tentatively scheduled for October/November 2016.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form for Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging, you may contact the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat at 2835 1003 or via email (wrp@epd.gov.hk).


29 April 2016

The Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat of the Environment and Conservation Fund and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) will jointly organise a briefing on “Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging”. Representatives from EPD and the Secretariat will respectively elaborate on the community involvement projects for waste charging and the points to note in applying for funding support. The successful applicants of the first round of application will also be invited to share their experience in preparing project proposals and the work being undertaken to take forward the projects.

Local non-profit making organisations/ community who are interested in submit funding applications are welcome to join the briefing session to know more about the nature of community involvement projects for waste charging. Details of the briefing are as follows:

Date: 6th May 2016 (Friday)
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm (Registration starts at 9:30 am)
Venue: Lecture Theatre, 4/F, West Block, Education Bureau Kowloon Tong Education Services Centre, 19 Suffolk Road, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon
Language: Cantonese

In view of the limited seating capacity, each organisation should enroll no more than two representatives to the briefing, which will be handled on a first come, first served basis.

For enquiry and enrollment, please contact Mr Ho or Ms Ho of EPD at 3528 0465 or 3528 0474.


23 February 2016

Invitation for Funding Applications for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference Projects

Funding applications for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference (RTDC) projects are hereby invited. The period for submission of applications is from 24 February 2016 to 23 May 2016. Under this round of invitation, about $30 million will be available for supporting worthy projects selected by the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF).

The updated Guide to Application, Application Form and progress / completion report form for RTDC projects are posted at the ECF website at: http://www.ecf.gov.hk/en/application/index.html. Applications should reach the Secretariat, ECF Research Projects Vetting Subcommittee at 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) at or before 6:00 p.m. on 23 May 2016 (Monday). For applications submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated 23 May 2016 or earlier. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on the aforesaid closing date, the invitation closing date / time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including applications submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy of application, will not be processed.

Proposed projects should contribute to the overall environment of Hong Kong, or raise environmental awareness of the local community, or mobilize the community to take action to improve the environment. The benefits of a proposed project must accrue to the local community as a whole, and not just to individuals, a single private organization or a consortium of private companies. Projects also must be non-profit making in nature. For details of the assessment arrangements and criteria, please refer to the Guide to Application for RTDC projects posted at the ECF website.

Results of applications for conference projects are expected to be available around September / October 2016. Results of applications for research and/or technology demonstration projects are expected to be available in early 2017.

For general enquiries concerning application, you may contact the Secretariat, Research Projects Vetting Subcommittee at 2835 1051 or via email ( rtdc@epd.gov.hk ).


16 February 2016

Priority Research Themes for April 2016 to March 2018

The Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) is going to update the priority research themes adopted for environmental research projects for the period from April 2016 to March 2018, and welcomes research proposals from local tertiary institutes and other non-profit making organizations to seek funding support from the ECF to build knowledge and talents on these areas of priority.

The Priority Research Areas [with some potential research topics for illustrative purposes] for April 2016 to March 2018 are as follows:

(a)   Climate Change - Adaptation and Mitigation
[e.g. co-benefits of air pollution and climate change mitigation; energy efficiency, energy audit and use of low carbon energy; green transport technologies such as electric vehicle; turning waste to energy technologies; carbon emissions measurement, reporting, benchmarking and disclosure; ecosystem and wildlife adaptation; etc.]
   
(b)   Biodiversity, Conservation, and Geo Conservation
[e.g. taxonomic studies of native species; ecological monitoring studies; impacts of and control on invasive alien species, biology and ecology of native species; ecosystem services, vulnerability of biodiversity to climate change; Geopark-related science popularisation methods; etc.]
   
(c)   Waste Reduction and Recycling
[e.g. technology in handling food waste in urban setting; studies on how Government support for waste reduction and recycling would be effective and successful; etc.]
   
(d)   Air Quality
[e.g. air quality and public health; air quality and exposure in the urban environment; air quality and economic studies; regional air quality in Hong Kong - Pearl River Delta; air quality and key pollution sources and atmospheric processes (land and marine transport included); secondary air pollutants; community air monitoring in the urban environment; etc.]
   
(e)   Water Quality
[e.g. water quality and public health; regional water quality - Pearl River Delta; waste water treatment technology; marine refuse; marine ecology; etc.]
   
(f)   Construction Noise - Prevention and Mitigation
[e.g. mobile noise barriers; quieter construction equipment; quieter methods for general construction and building demolition works; domestic renovation noise reduction; etc.]

Details on application arrangements for research projects will be separately announced around late February / early March.


5 February 2016

Invitation of Applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (Demonstration Projects) 2016/17

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (Demonstration Projects) from 5 February 2016 (Friday) to 9 May 2016 (Monday). Please click here for details.


29 January 2016

Invitation of Applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (General Projects)_First Round in 2016/17

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (General Projects) from 29 January to 5 April 2016. Please click here for details.


18 January 2016

Engagement of Non-Profit Making Organisation to Manage and Operate Plastic Resources Recycling Centre at EcoPark Phase II in Tuen Mun – Extension of Application Deadline

For the invitation to non-profit making organisations to submit applications for funding support from the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) to manage and operate the Plastic Resources Recycling Centre (the Centre) at EcoPark Phase II in Tuen Mun for a period of two years, please note that the application deadline is now extended to 1 February 2016 (Monday) 6:00 pm so as to allow more time for interested organisations to prepare application proposals for the project. Details on the mode of operations of the Centre and requirements of application submission can be found in the notice dated 17 December 2015 in this webpage.

Applicants should fill-in the relevant application form. Completed application form should be delivered to the office of the ECF Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 1 February 2016. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.


17 December 2015

Engagement of Non-Profit Making Organisation to Manage and Operate Plastic Resources Recycling Centre at EcoPark Phase II in Tuen Mun – Inviting Applications Now

The Government intends to engage a non-profit making organisation as Operating Organisation via open invitation with support from the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) of no more than HK$10 million to manage and operate the Plastic Resources Recycling Centre (the Centre) at EcoPark Phase II in Tuen Mun for a period of two years.

The Operating Organisation shall be fully committed to own the Project and be accountable for the outcomes. The amount of funding support from ECF shall be fixed once the Application is approved. The Operating Organisation may seek donations and sponsorships from other sources to cover part of the project expenditure. Financial and other contributions from the applicants or their partnering organisation, if any, will be taken into account in the assessment.

The mode of operations of the Centre is as below:

Plastic Resources Recycling Centre

- The Operating Organisation shall acquire on average at least 6.5 tonnes per day of local source-separated plastic waste (in baled or loose form), either by direct collection services or through partnership with collectors.
   
- The collected plastic waste should first undergo preliminary disinfection , and hence sorted according to resin type and colour. The sorted plastic materials shall be processed into flakes, chips or bales as appropriate.
   
- The Operating Organisation shall operate with a minimum average throughput of 6.5 tonnes of plastic waste per day.
   
- The Operating Organisation shall maintain a minimum recovery rate of 60% and produce a daily average of at least 4.5 tonnes of processed plastic materials throughout the Project.
   
- The flakes/chips/bales shall be sold to recyclers/dealers through open tendering/quotation for subsequent recycling into useful products. The income derived from the selling of processed plastic materials shall be ploughed back to the ECF project account to offset the operating cost of the Centre.
   
- The Operating Organisation shall organise education al and promotion al activities, via its community networks, including but not limited to hosting visits for members of the public to the Centre, to enlist wider community support to plastic waste recovery and recycling.

Interested non-profit making organisations should fill-in the request form and return the duly completed request form to the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (the Secretariat) by e-mail (wrp@epd.gov.hk). Upon receiving the document, the Secretariat will provide an Information Package by e-mail to the organisation.

There will be a project briefing of the Project on 23 December 2015 afternoon at the EcoPark, Tuen Mun. Interested non-profit making organisations may obtain detailed information about the project briefing through email: kcchow@epd.gov.hk.

Applicants should read the Guide to Application for Community Waste Reduction Projects and the Information Package carefully, and fill-in the relevant application form which can be found in the Information Package. Completed application form delivered by hand should reach the office of the Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 18 January 2016. (Please state “Plastic Resources Recycling Centre - Community Waste Reduction Projects” on the envelope.) If the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 18 January 2016. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 18 January 2016, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day. Any enquiries should be made by e-mail (wrp@epd.gov.hk).

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including an application submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy, or the application form is not duly signed in original by the person-in-charge of the proposed project or affixed with seal in original, of the applicant organisation, will not be processed.

Interested non-profit making organisations should fill-in the request form at:
Request Form


23 October 2015

Following the briefing held on 15 October 2015, the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat of the Environment and Conservation Fund and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) will organize another related event on “Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging” on 2 November 2015. The coming event will take the form of interflow where participants can exchange views on project objective, format, implementation details as well as budget planning in order to map out feasible proposals which will align with the objective of the funding scheme.

Local non-profit making organisations which are interested to submit funding applications and other interested parties are cordially invited to join the interflow to know more about the nature of community involvement projects for waste charging, and points to note in the implementation details. Details of the interflow are as follows:

Date: 2 November 2015 (Monday)
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Registration starts at 2:00 pm)
Venue: Room 502 Lecture Hall, 5/F
The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong
3 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese

For enquiry and enrollment, please contact Mr Ho or Ms Ho of EPD at 3528 0465 or 3528 0474.


9 October 2015

Invitation of Applications for Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging from 9 October to 16 November 2015.

In support of the Government's initiative to follow the recommendations of the Council for Sustainable Development and implement municipal solid waste (MSW) charging, the Environment and Conservation Fund Committee has earmarked $50 million to subsidise community involvement projects for waste charging. This is to update various waste producers (including households from residential buildings, tenants of commercial/industrial establishments, other institutions or community service units) on the new initiative and prepare them for behavioural change before the implementation of MSW charging.

Applicants should read the Guide to Application for Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging carefully and fill-in the relevant Application Form. Completed application form delivered by hand should reach the office of the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 16 November 2015. (Please state “Community Involvement Projects for Waste Charging” on the envelope.) If the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 16 November 2015. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 16 November 2015, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including an application submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy, or the application form is not duly signed by the person-in-charge of the proposed project or affixed with seal of the applicant organisation, will not be processed.

It is expected that the assessment result would be announced in about March 2016. Invitation for the next round of applications is tentatively scheduled for May/June 2016.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form for Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging, you may contact the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat at 2835 1003 or via email (wrp@epd.gov.hk).


9 October 2015

Invitation of Applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects (Second Round in 2015/16)

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects from 9 October to 16 November 2015. About $45 million (out of which, about 30% with priority consideration for applications relating to the theme of food waste reduction/recycling) is available in this round of invitation for Community Waste Reduction Projects.

Community Waste Reduction Projects

Applicants should read the Guide to Application for Community Waste Reduction Projects carefully and fill-in the relevant Application Form. Completed application form delivered by hand should reach the office of the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 16 November 2015. (Please state “Community Waste Reduction Projects” on the envelope.) If the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 16 November 2015. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 16 November 2015, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Applicants who are planning to organize glass bottle recycling programmes or activities should note that the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has collaborated with the Hong Kong Housing Authority for a full implementation of glass bottle recycling programme at all the public rental housing estates. EPD has also been rolling out other glass bottle recycling programmes serving the private housing estates in various districts in parallel. For more details, please visit the relevant website. Applicants should check and avoid possible duplication of efforts.

Regarding application submissions for Source Separation of Waste Programme Projects, please refer to the dedicated Guide to Application and Application Form for the programme.

Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging

Applicants for projects under the funding scheme of Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging should refer to the corresponding Guide to Application and fill in the specific Application Form.

Applicants of various funding schemes should ensure that the correct application form is used according to the nature of their proposals. The Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee will consider each proposal following the criteria set out in the Guide to Application of the corresponding funding scheme.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including an application submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy, or the application form is not duly signed by the person-in-charge of the proposed project or affixed with seal of the applicant organisation, will not be processed.

It is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the result would be in March/April 2016. Invitation for the next round of applications is tentatively scheduled for May/June 2016.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form for Community Waste Reduction Projects, you may contact the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat at 2835 1219 or via email (wrp@epd.gov.hk).


5 October 2015

The Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat of the Environment and Conservation Fund and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) will jointly organise a briefing on Community Involvement Projects for Waste Reduction Through Quantity-based Municipal Solid Waste Charging”. Representatives from EPD and the Secretariat will respectively elaborate on the community involvement projects for waste charging and the points to note in applying for funding support.

Local non-profit making organisations which are interested to submit funding applications and other interested parties are cordially invited to join the briefing to know more about the nature of community involvement projects for waste charging, the application procedures and points to note in submission of applications. Details of the briefing are as follows:

Date: 15th October 2015 (Thursday)
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm (Registration starts at 2:00 pm)
Venue: Room 101 Auditorium
The Boys' & Girls' Clubs Association of Hong Kong
3 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese

In view of the limited seating capacity, each organisation should enroll no more than two representatives to the briefing, which will be handled on a first come, first served basis.

Detail information of this project will be available at this website starting from 9 October 2015.

For enquiry and enrollment, please contact Mr Ho or Ms Ho of EPD at 3528 0465 or 3528 0474.


9 September 2015

Invitation of Applications for Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects from 9 September to 20 October 2015. Applications to Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects must contribute to enhancing the conservation of the sites concerned through management agreements between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and landowners or tenants. Under these agreements, NGOs may provide landowners or tenants with financial incentives in exchange for management rights over their land or their cooperation in enhancing conservation of the priority sites, country park enclaves or private land in country parks listed in Appendix 1 of the Guide to Application.

For details, please refer to the Guide to Application and Application Form for Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects. Completed application form (in both hard and soft copies) should be returned to the Nature Conservation and Infrastructure Planning Division, Environmental Protection Department (EPD) (15/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 20 October 2015 (if the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 20 October 2015). Late applications will not be processed.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form, you may contact the Nature Conservation & Infrastructure Planning Division of EPD at 3509 8645/2594 6030 or via email (nc@epd.gov.hk).

31 July 2015 (Updated on 2 September 2015)

Invitation of Applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (General Projects)_Second Round in 2015/16

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (General Projects) from 31 July to 26 October 2015. The invitation announcement is updated with regard to the latest funding position of the projects. Please click here for details.

26 May 2015

The Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat of the Environment and Conservation Fund and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) had jointly organized a “Sharing Session on Community Waste Reduction Projects” on 4 May 2015. The PowerPoints presentation files of the Briefing Session could be downloaded here. (Available in Chinese version only).

Experience sharing on implementing surplus food recovery project by The Conservancy Association – “Food Resources Recycling Centre (FRRC)”
Briefing and experience sharing by the EPD and Yan Oi Tong – “Clean Recycling”
Briefing by the Sub-committee SecretariatEnvironment and Conservation Fund and Points to Note in applying for Community Waste Reduction Projects

24 April 2015

Invitation of Applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects (First Round in 2015/16)

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects from 24 April to 8 June 2015. About $45 million (out of which, about 20% with priority consideration for applications relating to the theme of food waste reduction/recycling) is available in this round of invitation for Community Waste Reduction Projects.

Applicants who are planning to organize glass bottle recycling programmes or activities should note that the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has collaborated with the Hong Kong Housing Authority for a full implementation of glass bottle recycling programme at all the public rental housing estates. EPD has also been rolling out other glass bottle recycling programmes serving the private housing estates in various districts in parallel. For more details, please visit the relevant website. Applicants should check and avoid possible duplication of efforts.

Applicants should read the Guide to Application for Community Waste Reduction Projects carefully and fill-in the relevant Application Form. Completed application form delivered by hand should reach the office of the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 8 June 2015. If the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 8 June 2015. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 8 June 2015, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Regarding application submissions for Source Separation of Waste Programme (SSW) projects, please refer to the dedicated Guide to Application and Application Form for the programme.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including an application submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy, or the application form is not duly signed by the person-in-charge of the proposed project or affixed with seal of the applicant organisation, will not be processed.

It is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the result would be in October/November 2015. Invitation for the next round of applications is tentatively scheduled for October/November 2015.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form, you may contact the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat at 2835 1219 or via email (wrp@epd.gov.hk).

15 April 2015

The Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat of the Environment and Conservation Fund and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) will jointly organize a “Sharing Session on Community Waste Reduction Projects”. Recipient organisation will share with participants its experience in operating surplus food recycling project.  Representatives from EPD and the Secretariat will respectively elaborate on “clean recycling” and the points to note in applying for funding support.

Local non-profit making organisations which are interested to submit funding applications for organising waste reduction projects are cordially invited to join the Sharing Session to know more about the nature of waste reduction projects, the application procedures and points to note in submission of applications. Dates of the Sharing Session are as follows:
   
Date: 4th May 2015 (Monday)
Time: 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm (Registration starts at 2:15 pm)
Venue:    Lecture Hall, Science Museum
2 Science Museum Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Language: Cantonese
   
For enrollment, interested parties may contact Ms Latalie Liang of the WRPVSC Secretariat at 2835 2382 on or before 24 April 2015(Friday). Please kindly note that the environmental education projects related to “Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign” under the ambit of Environmental Education & Community Action Projects Vetting Sub-committee (EE&CAPVSC) would not be included in this Sharing Session.

26 March 2015

Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference Projects Funding Scheme
Updating of Guide to Application and Application Form (Latest Version on 26 March 2015)

The Guide to Application and the Application Form for the Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference Projects funding scheme were updated on 26 March 2015 and uploaded to the ECF website: http://www.ecf.gov.hk/en/application/index.html. Please use this version for applying Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference Projects. The deadline for submission of application is 6:00 pm on 24 June 2015.

For enquiries, please contact the Secretariat, Research Projects Vetting-Subcommittee at 2835 1719 or via email ( ecfc@epd.gov.hk ).

24 March 2015

Invitation of Applications for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference Projects

Funding applications for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference (RTDC) projects are invited for submission from 25 March 2015 to 24 June 2015. About $20 million will be available for supporting worthy projects selected by the Environment and Conservation Fund under this round of invitation.

The Guide to Application, Application Form and progress / completion report form for RTDC projects have been updated with regard to the new application and funding arrangements of the Environment and Conservation Fund, and are posted at the ECF website at http://www.ecf.gov.hk/en/application/index.html. Applications should reach the Secretariat at 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) at or before 6:00 p.m. on 24 June 2015. For applications submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated 24 June 2015 or earlier. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 24 June 2015, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including applications submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy of the application, will not be processed.

Proposed projects should contribute to the overall environment of Hong Kong, or raise environmental awareness of the local community, or to mobilize the community to take action to improve the environment. The benefits of a proposed project must accrue to the local community as a whole, and not just to individuals, a single private organization or a consortium of private companies. Projects also must be non-profit making in nature. For details of the assessment criteria, please refer to the Guide to Application for RTDC projects.

Results of applications for conference projects are expected to be available around September / October 2015. Results of applications for research and technology demonstration projects are expected to be available towards the end of 2015 or in early 2016.

For general enquiries concerning application, you may contact the Secretariat, Research Projects Vetting-Subcommittee at 2835 1719 or via email ( ecfc@epd.gov.hk ).

26 February 2015

NOTICE
Environmental Education and Community Action (EE&CA) Projects
(Demonstration Projects)

1. Extension of submission deadline; and
2. “Greening and Biodiversity” Workshop

We are thankful to stakeholders' interests in Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (Demonstration Projects) and their efforts in the promotion of environmental education in schools, organisations and the community. In order to enhance interested parties' understanding of “Greening and Biodiversity”, the priority programme of Demonstration Projects in 2015-16, the EE&CA Projects Vetting Sub-committee has decided to arrange two half-day workshops on this topic which will be held on 25 March 2015 pm (Wednesday) and 9 April 2015 am (Thursday). In this regard, the application deadline for the Demonstration Projects will be extended to 22 June 2015 (Monday) 6:00 pm so as to allow sufficient time for interested schools/organisations to prepare applications for projects suiting the priority theme.

Please note that there is no change to the application deadline for EE&CA Projects (General Projects), i.e. application for General Projects will be closed on 20 April 2015 (Monday) at 6:00 pm.

Please click here for more details of the Workshop (Greening and Biodiversity) and the enrollment procedure.

Please click here for details on Application for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (Demonstration Projects)

13 February 2015

Energy Conservation Projects for Non-government Organisations – Completion Report of Energy Improvement Works

The updated form for the Completion Report of Energy Improvement Works projects has been uploaded at here. Please be reminded to use the latest version of Completion Report form in preparing the Completion Report for Energy Improvement Works projects.

30 January 2015

Invitation of Applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (General Projects)_First Round in 2015/16

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (General Projects) from 30 January to 20 April 2015. Please click here for details.

Invitation of Applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (Demonstration Projects) 2015/16

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (Demonstration Projects) from 30 January 2015 to 20 April 2015. The invitation announcement is updated with regard to the latest funding position of the projects.

20 January 2015

Timeframe of ECF funding application (2015/16)

The timeframe of application for various funding schemes under Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) in 2015/16 is appended below for potential applicants' reference:

Funding scheme Invitation Deadline for Submission Approval by Vetting Subcommittee
Community Waste Reduction Projects 1st Batch April /
May
June /
July
September /
October
2nd Batch October /
November
December /
January
March /
April
Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (Demonstration Projects) December /
January
March /
April
July /
August
Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (General Projects) and
Food Wise Projects
1st Batch December /
January
March /
April
June /
July
2nd Batch June /
July
September /
October
December /
January
Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference Projects February /
March
May /
June
November /
December
Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects September /
October
November /
December
January /
February to be considered by ECFC

Interested parties are advised to note the invitation announcement of the respective funding scheme to be posted in the website in due course.

17 December 2014

The Environmental Protection Department engaged the Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) to be the technical consultant in the Food Waste Recycling Projects in Housing Estates. To help housing estates interested in implementing food waste recycling programme, HKPC will organise a sharing seminar in the afternoon of 12 January 2015 at the Hong Kong Central Library, Causeway Bay. In this event, technical information and details of the funding support application formality will be provided; and experience about food waste recycling in housing estates will be shared. Interested housing estates/organisations may call 2788 5598 for the event details and registration.

24 November 2014

The Environment and Conservation Fund - Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (ECF – WRPVSC) and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) had jointly organised a “Sharing Session for Food Waste Reduction Projects” on 07 November 2014. The PowerPoints presentation files of the Briefing Session could be downloaded here. (Available in Chinese version only).

Experience sharing by recipient organisations:
People Service Center Limited – “Food Friend Action” Sham Shui Po Project
People Service Center Limited – “Food Friend Action”
CTU Education Foundation Limited – Food Grace Community – Food Share and Education Project
Chinese University of Hong Kong - Love Food Hate Waste @ CUHK

Briefing by EPD and ECF – WRPVSC
EPD briefing – Food waste reduction project's technical aspects and strategy
ECF – WRPVSC briefing – Points to note in applying for food waste reduction projects

24 October 2014

Invitation of Applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects (Third Round in 2014/15)

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects from 24 October to 8 December 2014. About $55 million (out of which, about 30% with priority consideration for applications relating to the theme of food waste reduction/recycling) is available in this round of invitation for Community Waste Reduction Projects.

Applicants who are planning to organise glass bottle recycling programmes or activities should note that the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has been collaborating with the Housing Department for a full implementation of glass bottle recycling programme, covering all the public rental housing estates by end of the year. EPD will also roll out other glass recycling programmes to serve part of the private housing estates in parallel. Applicants should check and avoid possible duplication of efforts.

The Guide to Application and Application Form for Community Waste Reduction Projects have been updated with regard to the new funding arrangement of the Environment and Conservation Fund. Completed application form delivered by hand should reach the office of the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 8 December 2014. If the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 8 December 2014. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 8 December 2014, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Regarding application submissions for Source Separation of Waste Programme (SSW) projects, please refer to the dedicated Guide to Application and Application Form for the programme.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including an application submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy, or the application form is not duly signed by the person-in-charge of the proposed project or affixed with seal of the applicant organisation, will not be processed.

It is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the result would be in March/April 2015. Invitation for the next round of applications is tentatively scheduled for April/May 2015.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form, you may contact the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat at 2835 1219 or via email (wrp@epd.gov.hk).

20 October 2014

The Environment and Conservation Fund - Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (ECF – WRPVSC) and the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) will jointly organize a “Sharing Session for Food Waste Reduction Projects”. Participating organisations which are running existing food donation or food waste recycling projects with ECF funding support will share their experience in operating their projects. The EPD will also share with participants on the technical aspects and strategy about the operation of food donation and food waste recycling projects.

Details of the Sharing Session are as below:
Date: 7 November 2014 (Friday)
Time: 2:45-5:00pm (registration starts at 2:30pm)
Venue: Y Studio, 2/F, Youth Square, 238 Chai Wan Road, Chai Wan, Hong Kong

Due to limited seating capacity of the venue, organisations with previous application submissions for relevant Community Waste Reduction Projects will be accorded priority to join the Sharing Session. Interested parties may contact Ms Latalie Liang of the WRPVSC Secretariat at 2835 2382 on or before 28 October 2014(Tuesday). Please kindly note that the environmental education projects related to “Food Wise Hong Kong Campaign” under the ambit of Environmental Education & Community Action Projects Vetting Sub-committee (EE&CAPVSC) would not be included in this Sharing Session.

6 October 2014

Invitation of Applications for Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects from 6 October to 17 November 2014.  Applications to Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects must contribute to enhancing the conservation of the sites concerned through management agreements between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and landowners or tenants. Under these agreements, NGOs may provide landowners or tenants with financial incentives in exchange for management rights over their land or their cooperation in enhancing conservation of the priority sites, country park enclaves or private land in country parks listed in Appendix 1 of the Guide to Application.

The Guide to Application and Application Form for Nature Conservation Management Agreement Projects have been updated with regard to the new funding arrangement of the Environment and Conservation Fund. Please refer to the dedicated Guide to Application and Application Form for the programme. Completed application form (in both hard and soft copies) should be returned to the Nature Conservation and Infrastructure Planning Division, Environmental Protection Department (EPD) (15/F, East Wing, Central Government Offices, 2 Tim Mei Avenue, Tamar, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 17 November 2014 (if the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 17 November 2014). Late applications will not be processed.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form, you may contact the Nature Conservation & Infrastructure Planning Division of EPD at 3509 8645/2594 6030 or via email (nc@epd.gov.hk).

29 August 2014 (Updated on 30 September 2014)

Invitation of Applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (General Projects)_Second Round in 2014/15

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects (General Projects) from 29 August 2014 to 24 November 2014. The invitation announcement is updated with regard to the latest funding position of the projects. Please click here for the updated announcement.

11 July 2014

District Council Collaboration Scheme

The District Council (DC) Collaboration Scheme was approved by the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF Committee) in 2008 to enable DCs to take a more proactive role in promoting environmental protection at the district level, with a view to raising the awareness and participation of members of the public in protecting the environment and contributing to tackling their district environmental problems.

Under the Scheme, DCs may identify specific district-based environmental protection and conservation issues, and invite local NGOs to apply for ECF funding support for implementation of district-wide environmental programmes with specific theme(s) supported by the DCs. District-wide environmental programmes may include, for instance, themes of source separation programme for all residential buildings within the district, or public education activities meeting the specific needs within the district, or programmes or facilities to waste reduction, etc. The Scheme aims to attract funding applications of innovative, worthwhile, larger scale, longer terms and sustainable projects within the district.

A budget of $50 million has been reserved by the ECF Committee for projects submitted under the Scheme. Up to the present, the ECF has approved funding totalling about $30 million. The Scheme is open to applications until the reserved budget is fully deployed. Depending on the nature of the projects, applications may be submitted using the application form(Note) for the relevant funding schemes at the following link:
http://www.ecf.gov.hk/en/application/index.html.

Enquiries may be directed to the secretariat of the relevant funding schemes at:
http://www.ecf.gov.hk/en/contactus/index.html.

Note: No further application will be accepted under time-limited funding schemes or funding schemes which were already replaced, including the Buildings Energy Efficiency Funding Schemes (both energy-cum-carbon audit projects and energy efficiency projects), the Energy Conservation Projects for Non-Government Organisations Scheme, and Environmental Education and Community Action Projects - Minor Works Projects.

11 July 2014

Invitation of Applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects (Second Round in 2014/15)

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects from 11 July to 4 August 2014. About $40 million (out of which, about 25% with priority consideration for applications relating to the theme of food waste reduction/recycling) is available in this round of invitation for Community Waste Reduction Projects.

Applicants who are planning to organise glass bottle recycling programmes or activities should note that the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has been collaborating with the Housing Department for a full implementation of glass bottle recycling programme, covering all the public rental housing estates by end of the year. EPD will also roll out other glass recycling programmes to serve part of the private housing estates in parallel. Applicants should check and avoid possible duplication of efforts.

The Guide to Application and Application Form for Community Waste Reduction Projects have been updated with regard to the new funding arrangement of the Environment and Conservation Fund. Regarding applications for Source Separation of Waste Programme (SSW) projects, please refer to the dedicated Guide to Application and Application Form for the programme. Completed application form (including application for SSW Programme project) delivered by hand should reach the office of the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 4 August 2014. If the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 4 August 2014. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 4 August 2014, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including an application submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy, or the application form is not duly signed by the person-in-charge of the proposed project or affixed with seal of the applicant organisation, will not be processed.

It is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the result would be in November 2014. Invitation for the next round of applications is tentatively scheduled for November/December 2014.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form, you may contact the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat at 2835 1219 or via email (wrp@epd.gov.hk).

5 June 2014

Invitation of Applications for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference (RTDC) Projects - Supplementary Announcement

Further to the announcements made on 26 March 2014 and 7 April 2014, the Research Projects Vetting Subcommittee (RPVSC) of the Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) has recently reviewed the assessment arrangements for funding applications for conference projects with a view to speeding up the vetting process. It was agreed that the following arrangements should be adopted:

(a) A budget at 10% of the annual budget for RTDC projects will be set for conference projects each year. Accordingly, out of the total budget of $20 million for RTDC projects in 2014-15, an amount of $2 million would be reserved for conferences.
(b) Funding applications for RTDC projects will continue to be invited in one go, with a single application deadline. However, funding applications for conference projects would be considered by RPVSC first under a competition basis. Under such arrangements, the results of funding applications for conference projects are expected to be available around September / October.
(c) Any unused budget for conference projects will be pooled together with the remaining budget for funding research and/or technology demonstration projects in the year. Any conference projects that cannot be funded due to the limited 10% budget may also be considered at the same time with the other research and/or technology demonstration projects in order to make the best use of funding. Any unused fund at the end of the financial year will be returned to the ECF.
(d)The above arrangements will be adopted from the 2014-15 cycle onwards.

The Guide to Application and Application Form are found at the ECF website at http://www.ecf.gov.hk/en/application/index.html. Applications should reach the Secretariat at 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) at or before 6:00 p.m. on 26 June 2014. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 26 June 2014, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day. Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the prescribed format, including applications submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy of the application, will not be processed.

For general enquiries concerning application, you may contact the Secretariat, Research Projects Vetting-Subcommittee at 2835 1719 or via email (ecfc@epd.gov.hk).

14 April 2014

For applicants seeking funding support under “Community Waste Reduction Projects” (CWRP) for food donation projects, in order to enhance their knowledge of food safety, they should attend the Workshop on HACCP (Date: 23 April or 30 April 2014) organised by the Centre of Food Safety of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department. This would facilitate applicants’ understanding of the “Food Safety Guidelines for Food Recovery” and preparation of the project implementation plans on the basis of the guidelines as required under item 8(d) of the CWRP application form.

For further information and registration of the Workshop, please visit the following website:

http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/whatsnew/whatsnew_act/ whatsnew_act_2014_Trade_Talk_and_workshop_on_HACCP.html

7 April 2014

Invitation of Applications for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference Projects

As announced on 26 March 2014, funding applications for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference (RTDC) projects should reach the Secretariat at or before 6:00 p.m. on 26 June 2014.

To supplement, in case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 26 June 2014, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the prescribed format, including applications submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy of the application, will not be processed.

28 March 2014

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Environmental Education and Community Action Projects from 28 March 2014 to 23 June 2014. Please click here for details.

28 March 2014

Invitation of Applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects (First Round in 2014/15)

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Community Waste Reduction Projects from 28 March to 12 May 2014. About $35 million (out of which, about 30% with priority consideration for applications relating to the theme of food waste reduction/recycling) is available in this round of invitation for Community Waste Reduction Projects.

Applicants who are planning to organise glass bottle recycling programmes or activities should note that the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) has been collaborating with the Housing Department for a full implementation of glass bottle recycling programme, covering all the public rental housing estates by end of the year. EPD will also roll out other glass recycling programmes to serve part of the private housing estates in parallel. Applicants should check and avoid possible duplication of efforts.

The Guide to Application and Application Form for Community Waste Reduction Projects have been updated with regard to the new funding arrangement of the Environment and Conservation Fund. Regarding applications for Source Separation of Waste Programme (SSW) projects, please refer to the dedicated Guide to Application and Application Form for the programme. Completed application form (including application for SSW Programme project) delivered by hand should reach the office of the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (Address: 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) before 6:00 p.m. on 12 May 2014. If the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 12 May 2014. In case a Black Rainstorm Warning Signal or tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 8 or above is in force for any duration between 12:00 noon and 6:00 p.m. on 12 May 2014, the invitation closing time will be extended to 6:00 p.m. on the next working day.

Late or incomplete applications or applications not submitted in accordance with the format prescribed above, including an application submitted by facsimile or e-mail or without submission of the original hard copy of the application form, will not be processed.

It is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the result would be in July 2014. Invitation for the next round of applications is tentatively scheduled for July/August 2014.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form, you may contact the Waste Reduction Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat at 2835 1219 or via email (wrp@epd.gov.hk) .

26 March 2014

Invitation of Applications for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference Projects

[Please also see supplementary announcement on 7 April 2014]

Funding applications for Environmental Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference (RTDC) projects are invited for submission from 27 March 2014 to 26 June 2014. About $20 million will be available for supporting worthy projects selected by the Environment and Conservation Fund under this round of invitation.

The Guide to Application, Application Form and progress / completion report form for RTDC projects have been updated with regard to the new application and funding arrangements of the Environment and Conservation Fund, and are posted at the ECF website at http://www.ecf.gov.hk/en/application/index.html. Applications should reach the Secretariat at 5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) at or before 6:00 p.m. on 26 June 2014. For applications submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 26 June 2014. Late submissions will not be entertained.

Proposed projects should contribute to the overall environment of Hong Kong, or raise environmental awareness of the local community, or to mobilize the community to take action to improve the environment. The benefits of a proposed project must accrue to the local community as a whole, and not just to individuals, a single private organization or a consortium of private companies. Projects also must be non-profit making in nature. For details of the assessment criteria, please refer to the Guide to Application for RTDC projects.

Results of applications are expected to be available towards the end of 2014 or in early 2015.

For general enquiries concerning application, you may contact the Secretariat, Research Projects Vetting-Subcommittee at 2835 1719 or via email (ecfc@epd.gov.hk).

5 February 2014

The Briefing Session on Funding Application of the Environment and Conservation Fund was held on 22 January 2014. The presentation PowerPoints of the Briefing Session could be downloaded here.

Introduction on Funding Application of ECF

Briefing on Environmental Education & Community Action Project (General Projects)

Briefing on Environmental Education & Community Action Project (Demonstration Projects)

Briefing on Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference Projects

Briefing on Community Waste Recovery Projects

Corruption Prevention for Recipient Organizations of Environment & Conservation Fund

20 January 2014

The Environment and Conservation Fund (ECF) is going to update the priority research themes for April 2014 to March 2016 and welcomes research proposals from local tertiary institutes and non-profit making organisations to seek funding support from the ECF to build knowledge and talents on areas of priority. Details of application arrangements will be announced around March.

Priority Research Areas [with some potential research topics for illustrative purposes] (April 2014 to March 2016)

(a)  Climate Change - Adaptation and Mitigation
[e.g. energy efficiency, energy audit and use of low carbon energy; green transport technologies such as electric vehicle; carbon emissions measurement, reporting and benchmarking; ecosystem and wildlife adaptation; etc.]
(b)  Waste recycling
[e.g. technology in handling food waste in urban setting; studies on how Government support for waste recycling would be effective and successful; etc.]
(c)  Biodiversity Studies and Conservation, and Geo Conservation
[e.g. taxonomic studies of native species; ecological monitoring studies; impacts of and control on invasive alien species, biology and ecology of native species; ecosystem services, vulnerability of biodiversity to climate change; Geopark-related science popularisation methods; etc.]
(d)  Air quality
[e.g. air quality and public health; air quality and economic studies; regional air quality in Hong Kong - Pearl River Delta; air quality and transportation (roadside and marine included); etc.]

6 January 2014

Invitation of Applications for Community Waste Recovery Projects

The Environment and Conservation Fund Committee is calling for applications for Community Waste Recovery Projects from 6 January to 10 February 2014. About $50 million (out of which, about 25% with priority consideration for applications relating to the theme of food waste reduction/recycling) is available in this round of invitation for Community Waste Recovery Projects.

The Guide to Application and Application Form for Community Waste Recovery Projects have been updated with regard to the new funding arrangement of the Environment and Conservation Fund. Completed application form delivered by hand should reach the office of the Waste Recovery Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat (5/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) on or before 5:00p.m. on 10 February 2014. If the applications are submitted by mail, the postmark should be dated on or before 10 February 2014. Late applications will not be accepted.

Applications for Community Waste Recovery Projects received by the Secretariat between 5 September 2013 to 5 January 2014 will also be considered during this round of applications. It is expected that the earliest time for announcement of the result would be in March 2014. Invitation for the next round of applications is tentatively scheduled for April 2014.

For general enquiries or assistance in completing the application form, you may contact the Waste Recovery Projects Vetting Sub-committee Secretariat at 2835 1219 or via email (wrp@epd.gov.hk).

4 September 2013

ECF announces new arrangements for handling applications

Press Release

15 March 2013

To ensure proper use of public fund, a new provision has been included in the application forms of various ECF funding schemes requiring an applicant organization to declare that no subsidy from other sources has been or is being obtained for the same project or activities under application. Revised application forms have been uploaded onto the ECF website.

31 October 2012

The ECF today launched the second phase of the funding scheme to help residential estates undertake food waste recovery.

The ECF launched the $50 million scheme - Food Waste Recycling Projects in Housing Estates - in July 2011. Eleven estates were given funding support in the first phase, with a total allocation of about $9 million, in November 2011. The participating estates have received subsidies to undertake on-site treatment of source separated food waste and to encourage households to reduce food waste.

In view of the generally positive results from food waste recycling projects and in response to the public's expectation to fast-track food waste recycling in Hong Kong, the second phase of the funding scheme is now launched.

With $9 million allocated to residential estates in the first phase, it is estimated that about 45 additional estates could be covered with the balance of the earmarked sum.

More information on application procedures for the funding scheme is available in the Guide to Application at http://www.ecf.gov.hk/en/application/index.html.

21 September 2012

The three-year Energy Conservation Projects for Non-governmental Organizations Scheme launched in October 2009 will be drawn to a close on 31 October 2012 as scheduled. The Scheme aims to provide funding support for eligible Non-governmental Organizations to carry out energy-cum-carbon audits, energy improvement works to upgrade the energy efficiency performance of their buildings / premises and educational projects to enhance community awareness of energy conservation in Hong Kong.

14 August 2012

The Research Projects Vetting Subcommittee has recently amended the Guide to Application for Research, Technology Demonstration and Conference Projects, with a view to setting out the existing eligibility criteria for applications of technology demonstration projects on waste minimisation and recycling (paragraphs 2.1 and 3.2.2.5 in the Guide) more clearly. The amended Guide is uploaded on ECF website.

6 June 2012

The Sharing Session cum Exhibition of Environmental Education and Community Action (EE&CA) Projects (General and Environmental Education Demonstration Projects (formerly Minor Works Projects)) was held on 6 June 2012 (Wednesday) at Conference Hall, HKPC Building. Hong Kong Organic Resources Centre, Pok Oi Hospital Chan Kai Memorial College, and Ho Fung College (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen) shared their valuable experiences in organizing environmental educational projects and Environmental Education Demonstration Projects (formerly Minor Works Projects). The co-organizer, Greening and Landscape Office of Greening, Landscape and Tree Management Section of the Development Bureau, also shared the design tips for green roofs and vertical greening in schools. Exhibition panels to showcase EE&CA General Projects and Environmental Education Demonstration Projects (formerly Minor Works Projects) as well as the winning entries of the 2012 Skyrise Greenery Awards were also set up. Over 200 representatives from schools and community groups have attended the Sharing Session cum Exhibition.

The content of the sharing and the exhibition panels are available at:
http://eeca.ecc.org.hk/english/sessions/sessions.php

30 March 2012

The Research Projects Vetting Subcommittee has updated the priority research themes for April 2012 to March 2014 and welcomes research proposals from local tertiary institutes and non-profit making organisations to seek funding support from the ECF to build knowledge and talents on areas of priority:

Priority Research Areas [with some potential research topics for illustrative purposes] (April 2012 to March 2014)

(a)  Climate Change - Adaptation and Mitigation
[energy efficiency, energy audit and use of low carbon energy ; green transport technologies such as electric vehicle ; carbon emissions measurement, reporting and benchmarking ; ecosystem and wildlife adaptation]
(b)  Waste recycling, such as technology in handling food waste in urban setting
(c)  Ecological and Geo Conservation
[Terrestrial, freshwater and marine biodiversity and habitat conservation; Geopark-related science popularisation methods]

20 February 2012

The three-year Buildings Energy Efficiency Funding Schemes launched on 8 April 2009 will be drawn to a close on April 7 as scheduled.

With $450 million allocated by the ECF Committee, the subsidies schemes aim to encourage building owners to upgrade the energy efficiency performance of their buildings. The Schemes were scheduled to last for three years or until the allocation of $450 million is fully utilised, whichever is earlier.

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