New funding available for Men's Sheds

New funding available for Men's Sheds

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Cleve Men's Shed was one of the recipients of the 20th round of funding. Here, president Darryl Petherick is talking to some of the members.

Cleve Men's Shed was one of the recipients of the 20th round of funding. Here, president Darryl Petherick is talking to some of the members.

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Men's Sheds across the state are invited to apply for the latest round of funding from the National Men's Shed Development Program.

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Men's Sheds across the state are invited to apply for the latest round of funding from the National Men's Shed Development Program.

This bout of funding is the 21st round since the program's inception in 2013, with the first 20 rounds having provided more than $5.4 million in support.

The 21st round will look to prioritise applications involving IT equipment and training, to facilitate increased connectivity among Men's Shed participants.

Financial support is available across the following funding categories:

  • Health, wellbeing, and events: $8000 maximum
  • Shed improvements: $8000 maximum
  • Equipment $5000 maximum

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey encouraged all Men's Sheds to apply for funding.

"Now more than ever, Men's Sheds are offering a critical avenue for social support and engagement," he said.

"To stay healthy, we all need regular activities and to interact with people around us, and our local Men's Sheds have become a focal point for regional communities.

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"Many Men's Sheds in Grey have received funding through previous rounds of this program enabling them to make improvements to their sheds, buy tools and health resources.

"The Shed's are doing a fantastic job in providing friendship, support, company and a place where blokes can get together and work on fulfilling projects together and enjoy a chat."

Federal health minister Greg Hunt said Men's Sheds were vital to provide safe spaces for talking and working on meaningful projects.

"The new round (of funding) will provide financial support to assist the sheds both setting up and maintaining them across Australia."

Applications close Friday November 27. Details: mensshed.org

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