THE HON. GREG HUNT MP
Federal Member for Flinders
Minister for Health and Aged Care
The Hon Mark Coulton MP
Minister for Regional Health,
and Local Government
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
As part of Men’s Health Week, the Australian Government is encouraging Men’s Sheds across the Mornington Peninsula to apply for funding as part of the newest round of the National Men’s Shed Development Programme (NSDP).
Opening this week, all Sheds on the Mornington Peninsula are encouraged to apply for Round 22 of the NDSP.
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
Federal Member for Flinders, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP, said connection was the key to the success of the more than 1,000 Men’s Sheds around the country.
“Across our Mornington Peninsula, Men’s Sheds play integral roles in our communities, creating invaluable, friendly and inclusive settings where men can meet, work with tools and equipment; or just spend time together supporting each other’s mental and physical health,” Minister Hunt said.
“The Morrison Government is committed to ensuring that even during the pandemic, members can stay in touch and keep these precious interactions alive to sustain a healthy mind and body.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough for many Australians, and it is vitally important that Shed Members remain connected to – and active in – their communities during this difficult time.”
“In the latest round of NDSP grants we provided $500,000 to Sheds around Australia and $6.4 million in grant funding to support Men’s Sheds since 2013, as part of our ongoing commitment to supporting our nations Men’s Sheds.”
Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton, said Men’s Sheds play a vital role in regional Australia, becoming one of the most important regional organisations.
“Men’s Sheds provide a safe and friendly environment for men to gather and or work on meaningful projects, with the ultimate aim of improving the health and wellbeing of their members,” Minister Coulton said.
“I am also pleased to announce that work will soon begin on the $1.5 million Regional Coordinators for Men’s Sheds Initiative, which helps Men’s Sheds to connect with local health services and promote health events for their members.”
Men’s Sheds Associations in WA, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland will be funded to introduce regional coordinators in those states.
The Australian Men’s Shed Association, which manages the NSDP, has also received funding under the Initiative to implement regional coordinators in NSW, the ACT, SA and the NT. Regional coordinators will be introduced in every state and territory.
Applications for the next round of Men’s Sheds grants is open until 26 July 2021. Those wanting to submit an application can visit https://mensshed.org/development-grants.