Local men shed groups have been invited to apply for funding as part of the newest round of the National Men's Shed Development Programme (NDSP).
Funded by the Dederal Government, round 21 of the NSDP will specifically prioritise applications with a strong health, wellbeing or safety emphasis, in acknowledgement of the impact of COVID-19 and the needs of Sheds in the recovery period and beyond.
Additionally, in light of COVID-19, IT equipment and training will be prioritised to facilitate increased connectivity amongst the men.
Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan encouraged all men shed operators to apply.
"Now more than ever, Sheds offer men a critical avenue for social support and engagement," Senator Molan said.
"To stay healthy, we all need to do regular activities with the people around us, and our local Men's Sheds has become a focal point for New South Wales."
"This funding can help our Sheds deliver programs with a strong health, wellbeing or safety focus and I urge all local Sheds to apply."
Men's Sheds can apply for financial support across the following funding categories: .
Category 1: Health, Wellbeing, and Events $8,000 maximum .
Category 2: Shed Improvements $8,000 maximum .
Category 3: Equipment $5,000 maximum
For more information, visit https://mensshed.org and applications for the current funding round close Friday November 27.
Minister for Health, Greg Hunt MP added men sheds are vital in providing a safe space for men to talk and work on meaningful projects.