Ten NGOs have received a total of HK$87 million in government funding to run 12 reconstruction projects in Sichuan , the first batch of groups to do so. And the government plans to apply to the development panel of the Legislative Council for more funds to help rebuild the quake-hit areas in the province, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung said. The Hong Kong government had said the city aimed to provide up to HK$10 billion in government and private funds for the reconstruction in Sichuan, where a massive earthquake in May left tens of thousands of people dead. Government funds worth HK$2 billion were granted by the Legislative Council in July. From this amount, the government is setting aside HK$100 million to sponsor rebuilding projects being run by local non-governmental organisations. The first 12 projects will range from rebuilding and reinforcing schools, and setting up rehabilitation centres to providing prosthesis and orthopaedic training and services to quake victims. They will be run by 10 organisations - the Youth Foundation, Sowers Action, Polytechnic University, Society for Rehabilitation, Scout Association, Rotary Club of Kowloon West, the Association of Engineering Professionals in Society, the Association of Chinese Evangelical Ministry Limited, Federation of Education Workers Education Organisation Limited, and the Chinese Speaking Orthopaedic Society. Each project will cost between HK$1.5 million and HK$11.67 million. Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen presented the funding-grant letters to representatives of the groups yesterday. He said the government received more than 40 applications from local NGOs in October and last month. More groups would receive support, he said. Chan Kai-ming, president of the orthopaedic society, said the group would use the funds to train orthopaedists, physiotherapists and nursing officers at the Sichuan-Hong Kong Rehabilitation Centre to be built at the Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital. Choi Yuen-wan, president of the Youth Foundation, said the group would focus on post-disaster psychological counselling in the region.