Men’s Shed funding available
16 March 2018
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is encouraging incorporated not-for-profit groups in the Euroa electorate to apply for the latest round of grants from this year’s Men’s Shed Funding Program.
Grants of up to $60,000 are now available to build new Men’s Sheds and $30,000 to redevelop and modify existing men’s sheds.
“Men’s sheds play a very important role in communities across the Euroa electorate,” Ms Ryan said.
“Men’s sheds provide a space for men to make a maintain friendships while doing something constructive and providing a means of giving back to the wider community.
“We have a culture that doesn’t always encourage men to talk about their feelings or emotions. It’s probably largely because of this that many men are prone to suffer more from isolation, loneliness and depression.
“Becoming a member of a men’s shed gives men with a safe and busy environment where they can make friends and maintain an active mind and body in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship.”
Projects for funding may include:
- Construction of a new men’s shed;
- Conversion of an existing facility into a men’s shed;
- Construction of an addition to an existing men’s shed;
- Modifications or upgrades to an existing men’s shed to address accessibility or occupational health and safety requirements;
- Minor projects to provide solar panels, power upgrades or air conditioning/heating systems;
- Other capital improvements to men’s shed facilities.
Priority will be given to projects that:
- Involve active management and participation by members of Aboriginal communities;
- Demonstrate a high level of need for the project in the community;
- Demonstrate capacity to enhance the health and wellbeing of members;
- Represent considerable value for government investment;
- Will address significant disadvantage in the local community;
- Support the inclusion of newly arrived migrant and refugee communities.
Applications for grants close on 8 June, 2018. For more information, call Steph Ryan’s office on 03 5762 1600.