As part of Men’s Health Week, the Federal Government is offering men’s sheds across Victoria the opportunity to apply for funding as part the National Men’s Shed Development Program (NSDP).
Federal Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie is encouraging all men’s sheds in the electorate of Indi to apply for round 22 of the program.
“Men’s sheds provide an inclusive space where men can meet to work with tools and equipment, or just spend time together to support each other’s mental and physical health,”
Senator McKenzie said.
“This government is committed to ensuring that even during the pandemic, local residents can stay in touch and continue to provide meaningful contributions to their regional and rural
Men’s sheds can apply for financial support across the following funding categories:
● Category 1: Health, Wellbeing, and Events $8000 maximum;
● Category 2: Shed Improvements $8000 maximum; and
● Category 3: Equipment $5000 maximum
Health and Aged Care Minister Greg Hunt said connection was the key to the success of the more than 1000 men’s sheds across the country.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough for many Australians, and it is vitally important that shed members remained connected to their community during this time,” Mr Hunt said.
“As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting men’s sheds, we provided $500,000 to sheds around Australia in the latest round of NSDP grants and $6.4 million in grant funding to support men’s sheds since 2013.”
Regional Health Minister Mark Coulton said men’s sheds played a vital role in regional Australia, becoming one of the most important regional organisations.
“Men’s sheds provide a safe and friendly environment for men to gather and or work on meaningful projects, with the ultimate aim of improving the health and wellbeing of their members,” Mr Coulton said.
“I am also pleased to announce that work will soon begin on the $1.5 million Regional Coordinators for Men’s Sheds Initiative, which helps men’s sheds to connect with local health services and promote health events for their members.”
Applications for this round of men’s shed grants is open until July 26.
● Those wanting to submit an application can visit this link.