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General Information

The Disaster Relief Fund was established on 1 December 1993 following the introduction of a resolution under section 29 of the Public Finance Ordinance into the Legislative Council. It is to provide a ready mechanism for Hong Kong to respond swiftly to international appeals for humanitarian aid in relief of disasters that occur outside Hong Kong.



(Appointed by the Chief Executive)


Chief Secretary for Administration (ex-officio)


The Honourable IP Kwok-him, GBM, GBS, JP

Dr the Honourable LAM Ching-choi, SBS, JP

Dr the Honourable Helena WONG Pik-wan

The Honourable Kenneth LAU Ip-keung, BBS, MH, JP

Dr TIK Chi-yuen, SBS, JP

Mrs Ann KUNG YEUNG Yun-chi

Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury or representative (ex-officio)

Secretary for Labour and Welfare or representative (ex-officio)


Chief Executive Officer (Administration)1


Terms of Reference

  • To advise on the policy and practices regarding the disbursements from the Disaster Relief Fund for disaster relief outside the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
  • To advise on the award of grants of specified amounts from the Disaster Relief Fund to specified recipients.
  • To monitor the use of grants by the recipients of the disbursements from the Disaster Relief Fund.


Application for Grants

(1) Conventional Mechanism for Funding Applications

Application should be submitted to the Secretariat of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee in the form of a relief proposal. For the information required in an application for grant, please refer to the related Guiding Notes as follows:

(a) Provision of relief items [PDF file]

(b) Provision of non-tangible relief support [PDF file]

The target application processing time is within 12 working days from the date of receipt of full information from the applicant to the date of notification of the result.

(2) Fast-track Mechanism for Funding Applications (Applicable to eligible relief organisations only)

Eligible relief organisations may apply for a limited amount of grant through the Fast-track Mechanism for Funding Applications to kick start their work of providing immediate emergency relief at the initial stage upon the onset of a disaster. Please refer to the Guidance Notes for eligibility and details.



Secretariat of the Disaster Relief Fund Advisory Committee

Address : Room 2561,
Central Government Offices
2 Tim Mei Avenue
Hong Kong

Tel : 2810 2578
Fax : 2537 1782
E-mail :