The SME Export Marketing Fund offered by the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region aims at helping small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Hong Kong to expand their business through active participation in export promotion activities. The EMF provides grant to SMEs for their participation in overseas trade fairs/exhibitions and business missions, as well as local trade fairs/exhibitions which are export-oriented. The scheme aims at helping SMEs expand their businesses through participation in export promotion activities. SMEs must have substantive business operations in Hong Kong. Enterprises holding shell business registrations (BR) are not eligible to apply.
The maximum amount of grant for each successful application will be 50% of the total approved expenditures incurred by the applicant or $50,000, whichever is the less. The cumulative amount of grant that an SME may obtain from the EMF is adjusted from $150,000 to $200,000* with effect from 10 June 2013.
* The increment aims at encouraging/assisting SMEs to explore new market and new business opportunities. EMF applicants that have attained a cumulative grant amount of $150,000 will become eligible for an additional grant of $50,000 provided that such additional grant is used for participating in new export promotion activities for exploring new markets. Specifically, the additional grant can only be used by an SME for participating in eligible export promotion activities other than those as recorded in their previous applications approved under the EMF. In other words, applicants cannot use the additional grant for repeated participation in the same export promotion activity already covered in a previously approved application.
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Useful Document for Applying SME Fund