Signature Project Scheme
To enhance local engagement, the Government introduced the Signature Project Scheme (SPS) in 2013. Under the SPS, a one-off grant of $100 million has been reserved for each district to implement one to two SPS projects. All the projects are proposed, discussed and agreed by District Councils (DCs). The DC must be satisfied that the projects would address the needs of the district and have visible and lasting impact in the community. An SPS project may be works and/or non-works in nature, or a mixture of both. DCs may partner with non-profit-making organisations, business organisations, statutory bodies or government departments to deliver these projects. Apart from this, the Government has also set aside $200 million to finance the preparation work before the SPS projects are submitted to the Finance Committee of the Legislative Council for funding approval and other support services.