Men's Sheds across Port Macquarie-Hastings and the Camden Haven are invited to apply for funding as part of the newest round of the National Men's Shed Development Programme (NDSP).
Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie said this round will specifically prioritise applications with a strong health, wellbeing or safety emphasis.
"Now more than ever, Sheds offer men a critical avenue for social support and engagement, this round acknowledges the impact of COVID-19 and the need for men's sheds in the recovery period and beyond," Dr Gillespie said.
Additionally, in light of COVID-19, IT equipment and training will be prioritised to facilitate increased connectivity amongst shedders.
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
"This funding can help our Sheds deliver programs with a strong health, wellbeing or safety focus and I urge all local Sheds to apply.
"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 our towns and villages big and small.
"In the last round I was pleased to deliver close to $15,000 funding across three men's sheds delivering upgrades to dust extraction fans, a new kitchen and Flammable Liquid Storage."
Applications for the current funding round close Friday 27 November. For more information, visit mensshed.org