Mr Smith said the Federal Government will provide funding for men’s sheds for a further three years to 2019.
“Our local men’s sheds play a very important role in our community to keep men active and contributing to their mental health and physical wellbeing,” Mr Smith said.
“Men’s sheds reduce social isolation, particularly for older men and people living in outer suburban and rural areas.
“The decision to guarantee funding will allow men’s sheds to maintain their shed, buy new tools or start new projects. It’s great news for our local men’s shed members.”
The $4.5 million commitment over the next three years will also assist the Australian Men’s Sheds Association to develop and maintain relationships and linkages with health providers and employ strategies to more effectively reach and engage men.
Applications for grants are assessed by the Australian Men’s Shed Association, in accordance with guidelines agreed by the Department of Health. All sheds are eligible to apply for funding under the National Shed Development Programme (NSDP). Grants are awarded on a competitive basis up to a total of $8,000 (GST exclusive), with priority given to sheds in disadvantaged areas.
Round 11 of the NSDP is currently open for applications.
Sheds are able to apply for up to a total of $8,000 across three funding categories – tools, equipment, community projects and training; building maintenance and development; and health improvement activities.
Applications close 18 September 2015.
For further information, contact the office of Tony Smith MP on 9727 0799.