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Phase 2 mental health scheme set

Eligible organisations are invited to apply for funding support for the implementation of mental health projects under the second phase of the Mental Health Initiatives Funding Scheme.   Non-governmental organisations receiving recurrent subvention from the Social Welfare Department, Hong Kong Council of Social Service agency members and tertiary institutions registered under the laws of Hong Kong may submit proposals to the Advisory Committee on Mental Health by August 3 for funding support.   Priority will be accorded to projects that fall into one of the five specified service areas: support for carers, support for children and adolescents with special educational needs, strengthening of family relationship, support for the elderly with mental health needs, and support for bereavement and grief management.   The application assessment will be based on the proposal submitted, taking into account the project’s strength, impact, design and feasibility as well as the applicant org

Transport trade relief to be extended

The Transport Department today announced that relief measures for the local public transport sector under the sixth round of the Anti-epidemic Fund will be extended to help the sector amidst the difficult operating environment.   It said the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic has substantially dampened public transport patronage, posing a significant threat to the sector’s financial and operational sustainability.   In view of this, the Government will extend the five-month fuel subsidy to five franchised bus companies, 11 franchised and licensed ferry operators, Hong Kong Tramways, taxis and public light buses by another three months.   Furthermore, for eligible public transport operators who record a loss this year, the actual regular repair and maintenance costs from July to December will be reimbursed.   Such relief measures will incur an additional expenditure of about $769 million.   The department will notify relevant public transport operators of details of the measures.
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