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Every story matters. Apply and be part of the #GGHK2022 story

Although 40 years have passed since the inaugural Gay Games in 1982, one thing remains certain – there is still so much more we can do to change our world for the better. As daunting as it may sound, all it takes is for us to stand united. This is why, no matter who you are or where you come from, your life––and your story––matters. A single story has the power to cut across differences and bring more people together.

Whether you play sports or enjoy performing, with GGHK Funding Support (previously known as Scholarship Program), we want to give you and your community the chance to be part of something bigger, to have a hand in change, and to let your story be your sail to Hong Kong.

Apply today to be a Funding Support candidate and start your campaign to Gay Games!

How Funding Support Works

Eligibility: At least 18 years old of age on November 11th, 2022. That’s it!

Step 1: Submit your online application for Funding Support and share with us why you want to participate in GGHK

Step 2: Get approved as a candidate and start your crowdfunding campaign with us on our official platform for the program

Step 3: Supported by our team, inspire the world with your story and fundraise for your journey to GGHK

Step 4: Wrap up the campaign – and we’ll do our part by filling in the remaining shortfalls

Step 5: Pack up and join us in Hong Kong!

You will need to complete the application in one sitting. Preview the application questions and documents HERE.

AUTOMATIC PARTICIPATION WAIVER

Thanks to a dedicated fund, we are very excited to offer registration and participation fee waivers to some of our participants in Asia on a first-come-first-serve basis. You will be granted this waiver as long as you belong to one of the following three categories – no application required!

Category 1: Individuals residing in the following countries or regions and are between the ages of 18-25 (inclusive) as of November 11,2022:

  • Persons who are permanent residents of and have a right of abode in Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR or Taiwan; or
  • Citizens of Mainland China;
  • Citizens of an ASEAN Member State or India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh

Category 2: Foreign domestic helpers of any age with a valid Hong Kong SAR work permit at the time of application

Category 3: Individuals of any age under non-refoulement protection (refugee / asylum seekers) in Hong Kong SAR or have formally filed for such protection at the time of registration

If you belong to one of the above categories, you’ll be able to lock in your place at GGHK with a mere HKD 50 commitment fee, and we will waive the rest! 

Pre-register now to save your spot! When registration officially opens, we will reach out to verify your eligibility. Your pre-registration fee (50 HKD) will serve as your commitment fee and expect to pay no more!

Still need other items of support in addition to having registration and participation fees waived? Don’t wait! Submit your application for Funding Support today!

Frequently asked questions

For the crowdfunding campaign part of the Funding Support process, you will be able to run it with complete anonymity. However, you will need to provide us with your legal name and documents of identification in your application. These will be strictly confidential in accordance with terms and conditions of the program.

We are looking for candidates from diverse backgrounds who face financial barriers with attending GGHK. The candidate should also demonstrate passion for the sports / arts and culture activities they intend to participate in at the Games. We will also be looking for evidence of community engagement and commitment to contributing to their local communities after the Games.

We are expecting to keep the application open until March 2022. However, we may close the application early due to limited funds as well as to allow sufficient time for candidates we accept to run their campaigns. We strongly encourage that you apply as early as you can.

The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) and GGHK have committed no less than USD 100,000 to Funding Support. By supporting candidates to first run their crowdfunding campaigns, we hope to inspire a wider base of individual donors, and, at the end of the day, bring more candidates to Hong Kong than we would otherwise be able to.

In the application, you will specify items of support needed (such as transportation, accommodation, registration fees, etc.). Once accepted into the program, our team will work with you to arrive at a conservative estimation of those costs in dollar-amount. You will set that amount as the target for your campaign. This will also be what FGG and GGHK will strive to fulfill towards should there be shortfalls at the end of your campaign. If you are eligible for registration and participation fees waiver, they will be deducted from your crowdfunding target.

All items of support will be fulfilled in-kind. That means, for example, we will purchase your flight tickets, pay for your accommodation, etc. on your behalf. No cash will be disbursed as part of the program.

Legal Information

Check out our “Coffee with GGHK” webinar on the Funding Support Program to get your questions answered!

The webinar is in English and a recording is now available on our YouTube channel. If you have any questions any time – don’t hesitate to reach out to us at fundingsupport@gghk2022.com!