In 2009, the Government established the CreateSmart Initiative (CSI) to provide financial support to initiatives that are conducive to the development and promotion of creative industries in Hong Kong (Note). More details and online application are available at the website of CreateSmart Initiative.

CSI does not cover projects –
a)  that fall under the scope of other dedicated Government funding schemes, including but not limited to the Film Development Fund, the Innovation and Technology Fund, the Arts Development Fund (Cultural Exchange Project) and the Grants of Hong Kong Arts Development Council; and/or
b)  that will receive funding from other Government sources.

Your attention is drawn to the CSI Guide that applications may not be approved, and even if approved, the amount approved may be different from the one proposed in the application. Should the applicants choose to incur/commit any expenditure for the projects under application before funding approval is confirmed, the applicants will have to bear their own risk and pay for the incurred/committed expenditure themselves in case their funding applications are rejected or only partially approved subsequently.

Moreover, project commencement before funding approval would only be granted where justified and applicants should not take it for granted. Applicants are strongly reminded to submit applications earlier taking into account the required processing time of the Secretariat upon receipt of all information.

If applicants have queries whether the projects seeking CSI funding fall under the scope of other dedicated Government funding schemes, please contact the CSI Secretariat.

CSI Secretariat
Tel: 2294 2774

Create Smart