Grants of up to $30,000 are now available to help local communities redevelop and modify existing Men’s Sheds in Knox, local MP Nick Wakeling announced today.
Mr Wakeling encourages local community groups with existing Men’s Sheds in Knox to apply for the latest round of grants from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Strengthening Men’s Sheds initiative.
“Men’s Sheds offer a safe and friendly environment where men are able to work on meaningful projects or where they can have a chat and a cup of tea in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship.” Mr Wakeling said.
“Men are not known to freely discuss their feelings and emotions. Men’s Sheds offer this very important opportunity for friendly discussion, which we know has great mental, wellbeing and health benefits. This is a great positive for our local community” Mr Wakeling said.
The grants can be used for;
- refurbishment for expanding activities due to a growing need or community demand,
- modifications to increase disability access, or
- modifications to meet OHS standards.
Funding is available to incorporated not-for-profit organisations and local councils.
“Applications that demonstrate strong support from the community, through local council, neighbourhood house or local learning centre endorsement will certainly be considered favourably,” Mr Wakeling said.
Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge said the new funding round of $500,000 is part of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $4 million Strengthening Men’s Sheds initiative to either build new sheds or refurbish existing buildings.
“The Coalition Government is a great supporter of the Men’s Shed movement, which plays a significant role in the lives of many Victorian men.
“To date the Coalition Government has provided funding to refurbish 36 sheds and to build 41 new sheds across Victoria,” Ms Wooldridge said.
Applications for grants close on Friday 27 June 2014. More information, including details of information sessions, is available at: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/for-business-and-community/community-involvement/men-in-the-community/strengthening-mens-sheds