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Places of Amusement Licence Holders Subsidy Scheme under Anti-epidemic Fund starts to disburse subsidies
     The Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) today (January 26) started to gradually disburse subsidies to successful applicants under the Places of Amusement Licence Holders Subsidy Scheme. The payments will be deposited directly into the specified bank accounts of the applicants today.

     Set up under the latest round of the Anti-epidemic Fund, the Scheme has been open for applications from January 17. Vetting of applications has commenced during the application period. As of January 25, more than 36 applications were received, of which 14 were approved, involving subsidies of $700,000.

     The application period for the Places of Amusement Licence Holders Subsidy Scheme, launched under the fifth round of the Government's Anti-epidemic Fund, will end on January 31. The Scheme provides a one-off subsidy of $50,000 to billiard establishments, public bowling alleys and public skating rinks operating with a licence issued under the Places of Amusement Regulation (Cap.132BA). It aims to provide subsidies to eligible licence holders whose businesses have been directly affected by the anti-epidemic and social distancing measures imposed by the Government.

     Eligible licence holders wishing to apply for the subsidy should submit their applications as soon as possible. Application forms and guidelines can be downloaded from the LCSD's website (www.lcsd.gov.hk/en/licensing/subsidyscheme.html).
     For enquiries concerning details and application procedure of the Scheme, applicants can contact the Licensing and Prosecution Unit of the department by phone at 2601 8799.
Ends/Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Issued at HKT 14:00
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