Grants of up to $8,000 are now available to help communities modify, equip and improve Men’s Sheds, Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said today.
Mr Bull encouraged community groups with existing Men’s Sheds across the Gippsland East electorate to apply for the latest round of grants available from the Australian Men’s Sheds Association under the Nationals Shed Development Program.
“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,” he said.
“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.
I visit a number of Men's Sheds around my electorate and see the benefits first hand so it is important we continue to grow these facilities,"he said.
The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) administers the Australian Government National Shed Development Program (NSDP) to provide direct financial assistance to men’s sheds with priority given to those sheds in areas of greatest need.
Mr Bull said individual Men’s Sheds can apply for up to a total of $8,000 for a range of financial support across the following three funding categories:
Category One – Tools & Equipment, Community Projects and Training to a maximum of $5,000
Category Two – Building Maintenance & Development to a maximum of $7,500
Category Three – Health Improvement Activities to a maximum of $5,000
The grants opened on Monday 17th August and close on Friday 18th September 2015.