TO coincide with Tasmanian Men’s Shed Awareness Week, which was held from 20 to 27 September, the Tasmanian Liberal Government announced the opening of the grants program for 2021-22.

Increased funding of $175,000 is now available through the latest grants program, which has been extended to include mental health and wellbeing projects, recognising the critical role Men’s Sheds play in supporting their members and communities.

Funding is available through two categories:

Grants of up to $6000 for tools, equipment, men’s health, including mental health and wellbeing initiatives, member training and community initiatives.

This includes funding for Sheds to purchase hygiene and other equipment to assist with their relevant COVID-19 Safe Workplace Guidelines and COVID-19 Safety Plans.

Grants of up to $20,000 for capital works.

Applications are invited from Tasmanian Men’s Sheds that are either a member of the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association (TMSA), or an organisation that operates as Men’s Shed, and is able to demonstrate an alignment with the TMSA’s values and vision.

Minister for Primary Industries and Water Guy Barnett said Men’s Sheds were a valuable community asset and contributed to the community in a number of ways.

“They provide a safe, supportive environment where men can form friendships, learn and share skills, seek support and advice regarding health and wellbeing issues, and participate in projects that benefit the broader community,” he said.

“In my role as Minister for Primary Industries and Water, I have seen first-hand how valuable a Men’s Shed is in a regional or rural community when there can be limited opportunities for interaction and getting support from your mates.”

The Tasmanian Government established a grants program in 2014 to develop the capacity and sustainability of Sheds state-wide.

The grants program is administered by Communities, Sport and Recreation in the Department of Communities Tasmania.

The grants program guidelines and application form are available from www.communities.tas.gov.au/csr.

For more information, email csrgrants@communities.tas.gov.au or phone 1800 204 224.

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