As a catalyst for social innovation in Hong Kong, the SIE Fund seeks to foster the development of the social innovation ecosystem by nurturing social entrepreneurs, enhancing the capacity of the sector as well as facilitating cross-sector collaboration. To this end, the SIE Fund will soon launch the "Social Innovation Co-working Space Subsidy Scheme" (the Scheme) to provide subsidy to social entrepreneurs and ventures for leasing desks or offices in co-working space with supporting services where they can co-work, co-make and co-create with their counterparts. The Scheme will be run as a pilot for two years until end April 2020 and then be subject to a review on its effectiveness.
During the pilot implementation period, all grantees of the SIE Fund seeking to start, continue or expand their social business with the aim of supporting poverty relief and social inclusion in Hong Kong are eligible to apply for the subsidy under the Scheme. The Scheme adopts the "money-follows-user" approach in providing subsidy to the successful applicants who may choose and lease desks or offices in any of the co-working spaces registered under the Scheme to suit the needs of their operation.
Co-working spaces interested in registering under the Scheme are now invited to apply for registration. The relevant registration materials can be downloaded from:
- Guide to Registration of Co-working Space under the "Social Innovation Co-working Space Subsidy Scheme"
- Online Application for Registration of Co-Working Space under the "Social Innovation Co-working Space Subsidy Scheme"
Applications for registration of co-working space under the Scheme are accepted all the year round during the pilot implementation period of the Scheme.
The Scheme will be launched in April 2018. Details regarding subsidy application by social entrepreneurs and ventures will be announced upon the launching.