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Funding for elder academies to increase - applications now invited

     The Committee on Elder Academy Development Foundation is inviting a new round of funding applications from tertiary institutions and school-sponsoring bodies of secondary and primary schools interested in setting up elder academies, and from organisations interested in organising activities which promote elderly learning and inter-generational harmony. Applications should reach the Secretariat of the Committee by June 15.

     Launched by the Labour and Welfare Bureau (LWB) and the Elderly Commission in 2007, the Elder Academy Scheme aims to promote continuous learning for elderly people, active ageing and inter-generational harmony. In 2009, the Government allocated $10 million to set up the Elder Academy Development Foundation (EADF) to ensure the sustainable development of the Elder Academy Scheme.

     The EADF provides funding support to primary and secondary schools and tertiary institutions to set up elder academies in order to provide learning opportunities in a school setting for the elderly. Funding support is also provided to activities that promote continuous learning for the elderly and inter-generational harmony. The LWB injected $50 million into the EADF in March this year. The amount of funding to successful applications will be adjusted upward from 2014-15 to enhance support to the elder academies.

     From 2014-15, for an approved elder academy to be set up in a primary or secondary school, the Committee will provide maximum funding of $122,000 for provision of a three-year project. As for elder academies which have completed the first three years of their projects, they can submit funding applications to receive maximum funding of $60,000 for running a two-year project.

     Regarding approved applications on provision of elder academy courses in tertiary institutions or other applications, the amount of funding provided will depend on the substance of the individual proposal.

     Details of the funding application arrangements can be downloaded from the website of the Elder Academy Scheme ( For enquiries, please contact the Secretariat of the Committee on Elder Academy Development Foundation at 3655 5861.

Ends/Thursday, April 17, 2014
Issued at HKT 15:00


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