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Men’s Shed funding applications open for $500k pool

The Australian Men’s Shed Association is calling for funding applications for Round 20 of the Government’s National Shed Development program, with a pool of $500,000 available for distribution.

Men’s Sheds in drought and bushfire-affected areas will be prioritised.

Other factors influencing handouts are whether applying Men’s Sheds have membership from the 12 priority groups (listed below), how they address health and wellbeing, if they can demonstrate need and if they have not had previous NSDP funding.

The program has thus far delivered $5,681,285.30 to new and existing Sheds under the NSDP, which is administered by AMSA on behalf of the Department of Health.

A further $1 million has been allocated in this financial year, split into two portions.

Financial assistance will be provided to address the health and wellbeing of Shed members and to support health improvements through a focus on the social determinants of health; to deliver appropriate activities and programs and to improve facilities and ensure the sustainability of Men’s Sheds across Australia.

The 12 Priority Groups Men’s Sheds support are:

  • Males not in work
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males
  • Socially disadvantaged
  • Isolated males
  • Males with a disability
  • Males with a mental illness (e.g. Depression)
  • Migrant males
  • Males living in rural and remote areas
  • Defence veterans
  • Males suffering alcohol abuse
  • Males suffering drug abuse
  • Males who need support due to relationship issues

AMSA defines a Men’s Shed as ‘a community-based, non-commercial organisation which is open to all males.’ The primary activity is having a safe, friendly and inclusive environment when men can meet and work on meaningful projects at their own pace. ‘The primary objective is to advance the health and well-being of their male members.’

Round 20 applications for the NSDP grants close on Monday, March 9.

While AMSA encourages applications from developing and established Men’s Sheds, and from members and non-members of the Australian Men’s Shed Association, applications to build a new facility/shed are not supported under this program.

To find out more about eligibility and documentation email [email protected]

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