As part of Men’s Health Week, the Federal Government is encouraging Men’s Sheds across the Nicholls electorate to apply for funding in the latest round of the National Men’s Shed Development Program.

Opening this week, Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, encouraged all Sheds in Nicholls to apply for round 22 of the NDSP.

“Men’s Sheds are friendly and inclusive environments where men can work with tools and equipment, or just spend time together, to support each other’s mental and physical health,” Mr Drum said.

“Our Government is committed to ensuring that even during the COVID-19 pandemic, members can stay in touch and continue to providing meaningful contributions to their communities.”

Men’s Sheds can apply for financial support across the following funding categories:

  • Health, wellbeing, and events – $8000 maximum;
  • Shed improvements – $8000 maximum; and
  • Equipment – $5000 maximum.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Greg Hunt, said connection was the key to the success of the more than 1000 Men’s Sheds around Australia.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough for many Australians, and it is vitally important that shed members remained connected to their community during this time,” Mr Hunt said.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting Men’s Sheds, we provided $500,000 to Sheds around Australia in the latest round of NDSP grants and $6.4 million in grant funding to support Men’s Sheds since 2013.”

Mr Drum said three Men’s Sheds in Nicholls attained funding in round 21 of the NSDP:

  • Seymour Men’s Shed: $2250 for site improvements;
  • Rushworth Men’s Shed: $1200 for first aid training and seminars; and
  • Nagambie Lakes Men’s Shed: $600 for a range of safety equipment.

Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton, said Men’s Sheds play a vital role in regional Australia, becoming one of the most important regional organisations.

“Men’s Sheds provide a safe and friendly environment for men to gather and work on projects, with the ultimate aim of improving the health and wellbeing of their members,” Mr Coulton said.

“I am also pleased to announce that work will soon begin on the $1.5 million Regional Coordinators for Men’s Sheds Initiative, which helps Men’s Sheds to connect with local health services and promote health events for their members.”

Regional coordinators will be introduced in every state and territory.

Men’s Sheds Associations in Victoria, WA, Tasmania, and Queensland will be funded to introduce regional coordinators in those states.

The Australian Men’s Shed Association, which manages the NSDP, has also received funding under the initiative to implement regional coordinators in NSW, SA and the NT and ACT.

Applications for the next round of Men’s Sheds grants is open until July 26. Forms can be found here.

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