Grants of up to $60,000 to Build Men’s Sheds

Following the release of $750,000 in funding by The Andrews Labor Government, communities across Victoria can now apply for grants to build a new Men’s Shed.

Grants of up to $60,000 are now available to help build new sheds, especially where there is a high level of community need.

The Victorian Men’s Shed Association is peak body that provides practical support and assistance for local men and helps curb social isolation within the community.

These funds may be used to construct a new Men’s Shed, redevelop an existing building into a Men’s Shed or co-locate a Men’s Shed in a multifunction community facility or hub.

The Victorian Men’s Shed Association president, Phil Keily, welcomed the announcement stating that the funding was a great opportunity to expand the Men’s Sheds program into new communities across the state.

Applications that demonstrate significant partnerships and support from relevant community groups such as the local council, neighbourhood houses or adult-learning providers are encouraged to apply.

Applications for the grants close on 19 June 2015. More information is available at:  http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-business-and-community/community-involvement/men-in-the-community/mens-sheds

Quotes attributable to Member for Mordialloc, Tim Richardson

Men’s Sheds are an excellent body that promote the well-being and health of their male members and encourage social inclusion.  

Men’s sheds play an important role in the community by providing a friendly and welcoming place for men to work on meaningful projects”

Quotes attributable to Men’s Shed Association President, Phil Keily

“Demand for Men’s Sheds continue to grow in both regional and metropolitan areas.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos

“We are proud to support Men’s Sheds and we recognise the role they play.”

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