Applications are now open for the Men’s Shed Funding Program 2023-24, providing grants of up to $100,000.
Nationals Member for Euroa Annabelle Cleeland said Men’s Sheds are vital community hubs and encouraged local not-for-profit groups to take advantage of the new grants.
“Men’s Sheds create safe and inclusive spaces where men can come together, foster social connections, and actively participate in their communities,” Ms Cleeland said.
“Meeting with our Men’s Sheds across the electorate, I have seen firsthand the wonderful benefit they provide to not only their members, but also to the broader community.
“I am also well aware that many groups have changing circumstances, have a need to expand, or require urgent repairs to help facilitate their programs.
Funding under the grants program can be used for the construction of new men’s sheds, including the conversion of non-shed buildings into welcoming spaces, refurbishment, extension, or upgrades of existing Men’s Sheds.
The grant program also encourages projects that:
· Target a reduction in social isolation among men by offering workshop-based male-only environments on some days
· Support the inclusion of women on some days
· Foster a culturally inclusive atmosphere and encourage multicultural participation
· Demonstrate significant value to the social fabric of the local community in proportion to the funds invested.
“There’s tremendous work being done in Men’s Sheds across the region,” Ms Cleeland said.
“They are important pillars in our community, actively contributing to men’s health, fostering social inclusion, and facilitating vital connections.
“This funding round is a fantastic opportunity to build on vital existing programs or create new and improved ones that will benefit our community.”
Applications close December 8, 2023. For more information or to apply, please visit: www.vic.gov.au/mens-shed-funding-program