Men’s Sheds negotiating the new era of social distancing and remote learning can apply for Australian Government grants to help ease the transition into the digital age.
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said funding available under round 21 of the National Men’s Shed Development Programme will prioritise IT equipment and training to help increase connectivity amongst shedders.
Grants will also target projects with 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.
“If this health pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we all need to do regular activities with the people around us and our local Men’s Sheds are a key part of that,” Mr Joyce said.
“I urge all Men’s Sheds in the New England to apply for a share of these grants to help keep minds sharp and our communities stronger together, through good times and bad.”
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
Applications for the current funding round close Friday 27 November. For more information, visit https://mensshed.org