The Home Affairs Bureau today said it has started disbursing subsidies to successful applicants of schemes for the fitness and arts sectors under the latest round of the Anti-epidemic Fund.
As of today, over 1,000 applications had been received for the Sports Premises and Fitness Centre subsidy schemes. More than 300 eligible applications have been approved, involving a subsidy of over $15 million.
Additionally, the Sports & Recreational Sites Subsidy Scheme received 58 applications. Among them, 55 eligible applications have been approved, involving a subsidy of $2.75 million.
The bureau has also disbursed a $40,000 one-off subsidy to each of the some 100 performing arts groups affected by the epidemic.
Entrusted by the Government, the Arts Development Council and the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong have started disbursing a $5,000 one-off subsidy to each eligible individual arts practitioner and freelancer.
As at January 27, the two organisations have disbursed subsidies to 1,275 people.
Separately, the Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department is disbursing ex-gratia payments for the cancellation of FarmFest 2022 to successful applicants.
As of today, the department has received 53 applications, of which 36 have been approved. Crossed cheques are being posted to the successful applicants, involving payments of around $180,000.