HSBC Community
Partnership Programme

Launched in 2012, the HSBC Community Partnership Programme(the Programme), supported by the Home Affairs Department, the Social Welfare Department and the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), aims to inspire district-based community initiatives to foster a more inclusive society. It also aims to enhance cross-sector collaboration to address social needs of local districts and help charities and community organisations in Hong Kong build capacity.

Since its launch, the Programme has supported more than 1,000 projects benefiting 2,200,000 people. In 2017, a total of HKD18 million is being allocated to district-based community initiatives across 18 districts in Hong Kong. The HSBC Community Festival will call for active participation, with creative activities for meaningful social causes, of the whole Hong Kong community as a territory-wide celebration. HSBC has appointed HKCSS to administer the applications and monitor the grant projects.

about us

About Us

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS), a federation of non-government social service agencies consisting of more than 400 Agency Members, provides over 90% of the social welfare service through 3,000 operating units in Hong Kong. The Council aims to build a social service sector that is highly accountable, efficient, effective and responsive to social needs, upholding the long-term sustainable development of society and the well-being of our citizens. Commencing 2014, HKCSS is providing due diligence on applicants, project monitoring and evaluation, administration support in the HSBC Community Partnership Programme.


Timeline Community Partnership Programme Funding
	Application Period: Feb 15, 2017 to Mar 31, 2017
	Result Announcement: August 2017
	Festival: November 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

About Online Application
  1. 1. Can I submit my proposal by fax or e-mail?
    No, we accept only online applications through the official website for “HSBC Community Partnership Programme”.
  2. 2. How do I know my application through the online system has been successfully submitted?
    After submitting the project, the system will automatically send an acknowledgement e-mail and an application ID number to the Lead Project Manager and Centre-In-Charge of the project. A copy of the application form will be attached for your record as well.
  3. 3. Can I revise the application after submitting the project proposal?
    No. Please note that once you have submitted the project proposal you will not be able to make any amendments. You can choose to fill in the application form and save the document on the system. Within the application period, you can log on to the system to revise and save the document. After submitting the project application, the system will automatically send an acknowledgement e-mail and an application ID number to the Lead Project Manager and Centre-In-Charge of the project. A copy of the application form will be attached for your record as well.
  4. 4. How will I know the result of the application?
    A result announcement e-mail will be sent to you and the Centre-In-Charge of the project no matter the project proposal is accepted or rejected.
  5. 5. What should I do if I forget my application ID or password that I registered through the online system for “HSBC Community Partnership Programme”?
    Please click “forget password?” on the logon page of the online application system and you will be asked to fill in your registered e-mail address. After that, you will receive a “reset password” e-mail in your inbox. In the e-mail, you will have to click the “reset password” and key in the password provided by the system together with your new password. After confirmation, you can log on to the system with your new password.
  6. 6. Which browser version I should use for the best view of this website?
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HSBC Community Partnership Programme
  1. 1. Does the project have to be completed within the required project period?
    Project duration up to twelve months, starting from September 2016 and to be completed by August 2017.
  2. 2. Is HSBC volunteer involvement mandatory for the proposed project?
    No, it is not mandatory to include HSBC volunteering in the project, however it is welcomed.
  3. 3. Is it mandatory to partner with other organisations when applying for “HSBC Community Partnership Programme”?
    It is not mandatory to partner with other organisations, however it is encouraged and most welcomed.
  4. 4. Can we organise projects for all the people in Hong Kong or should we design projects on community basis?
    District-based, one-off projects. Application for territory-wide project or same project across multiple districts will not be considered.
  5. 5. Will the project funding consider projects organised outside Hong Kong, for example, projects partnering with mainland organisations and organised in mainland China?
    Applicant organisations are welcomed to partner with organisations in Hong Kong or outside Hong Kong, however, the proposed projects have to be carried out in Hong Kong and benefit the community of Hong Kong.
  6. 6. Will the Programme support an existing service that is running short of money?
    The Programme is not intended for providing supplementary or gap funding for existing services. Much will depend on the nature of the project proposal and whether the proposed project could demonstrate its objectives and potential to develop social capital.
  7. 7. Is it mandatory to fill in the information about our key collaborators when applying for the “HSBC Community Partnership Programme”?
    We encourage cross-sectoral collaboration to achieve the benefits of sharing community resources and building up social capital. The Programme will consider whether the proposed projects can engage stakeholders of different sectors and create sustainable impacts to the community.
  8. 8. Is it necessary for the applicant organisation to fill in a very detailed proposal on the assessment for measuring the cost-effectiveness of the project?
    It is necessary to devise a mechanism, including assessment methods, tools and schedule, for evaluating the effectiveness of a project before implementation. The assessment method may be in the form of quantitative or qualitative study, questionnaire survey, focus group, data statistics, pre- and post-test, etc. The assessment tools may vary with different scopes of review.

    Applicants are not required to submit the details of each assessment tool at this stage, but they should provide the aims of study and relevant information for examination and approval if the evaluation study involves any additional cost.
  9. 9. If my project proves to be very successful, will there be any opportunity for financing the project after completion?
    The Programme will only provide seed money for a project for no more than twelve months with a view to financing community-initiated innovative projects to develop social capital. Applicant organisations are required to provide a sustainability plan after the funding period when they conceive their projects. A sustainable project can generally foster participants' senses of identity and belonging as well as enable them to control one's live. If the project can promote long-term cross-sectoral collaboration, these collaborative efforts should be able to help enhance the effectiveness of the project continuously. The Programme welcomes and recommends applicant organisations to put forward a sustainability plan for consideration.

Contact us

The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) has been appointed to administer the “HSBC Community Partnership Programme”.