Funding support programme

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, regardless of 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 Programme 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 ticket to Hong Kong!

How Funding Support Works

If you are at least 18 years old on 3 November 2023, and you belong to one of these categories:

Individuals residing in the following countries or regions and are between the ages of 18-25 (inclusive) as of November 11, 2023:

  • 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
Foreign domestic helpers of any age with a valid Hong Kong SAR work permit at the time of application.

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.

Thanks to the generous donation from an anonymous donor, if you belong to any one of the 3 categories above, your fee will be automatically waived. There are limited space for this grant, please pre-register with us to secure your space for this fee waiver program now. It’s first come, first serve!
You will need to complete the application in one sitting: please preview a sample of the application form here.

We support candidates from all over the world, from truly diverse backgrounds. We have fallen in love with their passion for sports and arts, their service to their communities, and their drive for change. We continue to be inspired by these extraordinary individuals and hope you do too! 


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 2023. 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.

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