Design Trust offers grants to individual designers, curators, collectives and non-profit organisations for projects and activities that are relevant to various design disciplines. These grants support projects relevant to the context and content of Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. Cities within the Greater Bay Area include: the two Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macao, and the nine municipalities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing in Guangdong Province. We support innovative, thought-provoking investigations in various design disciplines from graphics, media, wearables, architecture to the built environment; and actively aim to accelerate creative design and research development of meaningful projects. These projects include but are not limited to: talks, exhibitions, residencies, research projects and creative installations.
DESIGN TRUST SEED GRANT fosters a culture of experimentation, testing and sharing. It is awarded to individuals seeking to kick-start a meaningful and intellectual project with social, educational, economical or environmental impact for communities. Seed Grants may support applicants who have a project in the pipeline that needs additional resources, as well as emerging designers, and young scholars. Design Trust highly encourages applicants from Hong Kong and the region to apply for this grant to support projects showcasing work at international venues, symposium or international biennales to showcase prototypes, or works relevant to architecture.
DESIGN TRUST FEATURE GRANT fosters cross-disciplinary projects focusing on the Greater Bay Area region. Projects awarded have a wide reaching audience and may be sited in an exhibition or biennale venue with international recognition and standing. This grant supports international exchanges between a Hong Kong/ China based collective with an international renowned cultural institution. It aims to excel, share and build new knowledge and unique positions on the value of design, critical research and provocative outcome. See here for past Grant recipients.
- Development of research, design and culture of the Greater Bay Area internationally
- To provide funding support for the introduction of vibrant projects and events to the Greater Bay Area.
- Funding for initiatives involving non-profit organisations, designers, curators and cultural practitioners.
- Design Trust Seed Grants are awarded HKD 50,000.
- Annually, selected Feature Grants are awarded and capped at HKD 300,000. This is available upon special consideration.
- Design Trust may provide full or partial funding on a case-by-case basis.
Eligibility: Applications are accepted from individuals, collectives and certified non-profit organisations who are either based within the Greater Bay Area or are seeking support for design projects related to the region.
Application: Applications will be reviewed on a quarterly basis. Submission deadlines are on the 20th of January*, 20th of April, 20th of July and 20th of October. Late submissions will be considered in the next cycle. We recommend applications be submitted at least 3 to 6 months before the project's commencement. For more details on the application process, please click HERE.
* In view of the latest developments of the COVID-19 epidemic, the deadline for applications of the January 2021 cycle will be extended to noon, 20 February 2021 (Updated on 10 December 2020)
Review and Selection: Each proposal will be screened for eligibility and reviewed by an independent panel of evaluators. Successful applications will be notified within 8 to 10 weeks from date of application.