Grants of up to $60,000 are now available to help communities build a new Men’s Shed or $30,000 to redevelop and modify an existing Shed.
Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, is encouraging community groups to apply for the latest round of grants from the Strengthening Men’s Sheds initiative.
“Men’s Sheds play a very important role in our region and are one of the most powerful tools we have in helping men to remain valued and valuable members of our community,” Mr Bull said.
“I visit Men’s Sheds in my electorate regularly and see the many benefits they provide.
“There are many men in rural communities that are prone to suffer from isolation, loneliness and depression.
“Becoming a member of a Men’s Shed gives a man that safe and busy environment where he can connect with friends and maintain an active body and active mind in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship.”
Funding is available to community groups and local councils and priority will be given to projects from vulnerable communities, especially those affected by fire or drought.
Applications for grants close on Friday 27 May 2016. More information is available at: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-business-and-community/community-involvement/men-in-the-community/mens-sheds