Matching Grant Scheme


Since 2003, the Government has launched six rounds of Matching Grant Scheme (MGS) to help the higher education sector diversify its funding sources. In the past six rounds of MGS, participating institutions altogether secured additional resources of about $22 billion, comprising nearly $15 billion of private donations and about $7.4 billion of government matching grants.

Following the announcement in the 2017 Policy Address, the Government has launched the seventh MGS for application by qualified local self-financing degree-awarding institutions with a view to further enhancing the education quality of the self-financing post-secondary education sector by helping such institutions tap more funding sources and fostering a philanthropic culture. The duration of the seventh MGS will be two years from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2019. The government has reserved $500 million for the matching purpose.

The seventh MGS covers 11 local self-financing degree-awarding institutions, namely the Open University of Hong Kong, the Technological and Higher Education Institute under the Vocational Training Council, Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Centennial College, Chu Hai College of Higher Education, Gratia Christian College, Hang Seng Management College, HKCT Institute of Higher Education, Hong Kong Nang Yan College of Higher Education, Hong Kong Shue Yan University and Tung Wah College.

Government matching grants can be used for enhancing the quality of teaching and learning and the quality of governance, and/or implementing capital works projects in campuses in Hong Kong. Grants will be provided to match private donations specified for the above-mentioned purposes.



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Last Review Date: 12/07/2017