Men’s Sheds funding secure until 2019

The Coalition Government announced on Sunday, September 6, that Central Coast Men’s Sheds are to benefit from secure funding for the program until 2019.

Federal Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks said that Round 11 of the National Shed Development Program is currently open and local Sheds need to apply for grants of up to $8,000, that are awarded on a competitive basis.

“Our local community Men’s Sheds play an important role in our community to keep men active and contributing to their mental health and physical wellbeing,” Ms Wicks said.

“We’ve got outstanding Men’s Sheds in Erina, Terrigal, Kincumber, Gosford, Umina Beach and Ettalong. “This announcement provides real certainty, with guaranteed funding rounds for Men’s Sheds for a further three years to 2019.

“The decision could potentially help each group maintain their shed, buy new tools or start new projects. “The $4.5 million commitment over the next three years will also assist the Australian Men’s Sheds Association to develop and maintain relationships with health providers and employ strategies to more effectively reach and engage men.”

Applications for grants are assessed by the Australian Men’s Shed Association in accordance to guidelines agreed by the Department of Health.

Sheds are able to apply across three funding categories that are: tools, equipment, community projects and training; or building maintenance and development; or, health improvement activities. Priority is given to sheds in disadvantaged areas.

Media release,
Sep 7, 2015
Tim Sowden, Office of
Lucy Wicks