The new Australian Government Department of Health National Shed Development Program grant round is open for applications and closes on February 25, 2022.
Liz MacDonald, Shed Development, Australian Men’s Shed Association, told News Of The Area: “The grant scheme has been administered by the Australian Men’s Shed Association since 2010 and Round 23 is currently open.
“Times have been quite difficult for Sheds over the past two years with Covid lockdowns and other public health orders.
“As non-profit organizations, Men’s Sheds rely on their fundraisers to maintain the activities and operations of their Shed.
“The National Shed Development Program grants offer Sheds the opportunity to make facility upgrades, additional activities for their members, and contribute to their communities,” said Liz.
Bruce Andersen, Nambucca Heads Men’s Shed, told News Of The Area: “Grants from the Australian Men’s Shed Association through the Australian Department of Health have been very helpful in the past for the development of Nambucca Heads Men’s Shed as well as many other sheds around the country.
“During Round 21, we were able to buy safety glasses, masks, a defibrillator, a water tank, an electrical label testing machine and training.
“Also, in the past, we could get a portable kitchen diner, portable office, and storage containers.
“The Association also provides useful advice on men’s welfare, shed management and an affordable insurance plan.”
Kathy Oliver, General Manager, Lifetime Connect Macksville Men’s Shed, told News Of The Area, “The Lifetime Connect Macksville Men’s Shed has been providing social networking and support to community members for 21 years.
“It’s a place where people come together to share their skills and experiences.
“It’s a place of creativity, teamwork and celebration.
“The Men’s Shed attends community events and supports community activities.
“They use their skills to create a range of products to raise funds in local markets and also cater to custom requests.
“Lifetime Connect was recently awarded a grant of $2,398.00 through the Australian Men’s Shed Association for Shed Enhancement.”
Men’s Sheds is known as a vital community investment offering programs and activities that foster community spirit, connect communities and help build inclusivity.
Most shedders see themselves as having a strong sense of belonging and ownership of their shed, sharing brotherhood, camaraderie, and spending most of their time in worthwhile community projects.
Men’s Sheds not only plays an important role in improving overall health and well-being, but also engages positively within its community for the benefit of all.
Individual men’s sheds in Australia can apply for a range of financial support in the following three funding categories:
Category 1: Health and Wellness and Events (maximum funding of $8,000).
Tier Two: Shed Upgrades ((maximum funding $8,000).
Category three: equipment (maximum funding of $5,000).
For more information contact [email protected].
See funding guidelines at https://mensshed.org/development-grants/.
By Andrea FERRARI