Last days to apply for latest Men’s Sheds grants

Applications for grants up to $10,000 in the twenty-sixth round of the National Shed Development Program close this week.

Applications for grants up to $10,000 in the twenty-sixth round of the National Shed Development Program close this week, as the minister announces the most recent funding recipients.

Round 26 of the NSDP will, according to the program guidelines, specifically prioritise applications requesting events, improvements or equipment with a strong health, mental health, wellbeing or safety emphasis in acknowledgement of the impact of Covid-19 on sheds. In light of ongoing Covid-19 impacts, information technology equipment and training will also be prioritised to facilitate connectivity.

Men’s Sheds can apply for financial support under one of more categories for a total of up to $10,000. The categories and their individual funding limits are:

  1. health, wellbeing and events ($8,000) 
  2. shed improvements ($8,000)
  3. tools and equipment ($5,000)
  4. mental health, wellbeing and events ($8,000) 

Additionally, under a fifth category, Men’s Sheds have until 21 September 2023 to apply for up to $2,250 to purchase a defibrillator.

Latest grant recipients

Meanwhile, Minister for Aged Care Mark Butler announced this week that 131 Men’s Sheds share almost $670,000 to continue supporting the health and wellbeing of their community under the previous round.

Mark Butler

“Men’s Sheds are helping men and boys find mateship and social support to help them stay mentally and physically healthy,” Mr Butler said.

“These grants are going towards some fantastic projects that will enable Men’s Sheds around the country continue to provide a supportive place where men can focus on their health and wellbeing.”

Examples of grant recipients in this round include:

  • Claremont Men’s Shed in Queensland for a ‘Jugs and Jocks’ men’s and community mental health initiative
  • Denman and District Men’s Shed in New South Wales for a men’s health muster
  • Peter Mac Men’s Shed in Victoria for a Reel Recovery Fly Fishing Retreat for men with cancer.

There are approximately 1,300 Men’s Sheds across Australia offering thousands of men of all ages a safe place to meet, socialise, connect and engage in meaningful community work.

Visit the National Shed Development Program website to find out more and how to apply for a grant.

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