More than $2 billion will have to be injected into schools and education bodies if the Government wants to implement all the proposals it has received to promote better schooling. More than 2,300 applications were received by the Quality Education Fund Steering Committee during its first call for applications, which closed on Thursday. The total amount of grants sought is $2.1 billion. Committee chairman Irving Koo Yee-yin said the response was enthusiastic and more meetings would be held in the next two months to assess the applications. By noon on Thursday, 1,500 applications had been submitted but the committee received 800 more just hours before applications closed. Mr Koo said the proposals covered a wide range of innovative educational activities. These included the application of information technology in teaching and learning, teacher training and development, students' all-round development, and projects to promote students' moral and civic awareness and their artistic potential. He said school-based projects which aimed to start during the summer holiday or in September would be processed first to avoid any delay in their implementation. There was no question of the committee's stringent assessment standards being compromised by the heavy workload. The $5 billion fund was endorsed last year by Tung Chee-hwa in his Policy Address, after a recommendation by the Education Commission. An investment committee has been set up and interest generated from the fund will be used to pay for projects.