The Morrison Government is encouraging Men’s Sheds in the Blue Mountains to apply for funding as part of the latest round of the National Men’s Shed Development Programme (NDSP).

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, encouraged all local sheds to apply for Round 22 of the NDSP.

“Men’s Sheds are friendly and inclusive places which aim to support men’s mental and physical good health,” Senator Payne said.

“Importantly, our ‘shedders’ also give back to the community through charity works and working bees, so they are an integral part of our Blue Mountains community.

“In the past, I have been pleased to deliver funding for local Men’s Sheds, including to the Blue Mountains Women’s Shed last year through the Volunteer Grants Program, so I urge our Men’s Sheds to make an application.”

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

Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, said connection was the key to the success of the more than 1,000 Men’s Sheds around the country.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough for many Australians, and it is vitally important that Shed Members remain connected to their community during this time,” Minister Hunt said.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting Men’s Sheds, we provided $500,000 to Sheds around Australia in the latest round of NDSP grants and $6.4 million in grant funding to support Men’s Sheds since 2013.”

In recent years, Men’s Sheds in the Blue Mountains have previously been successful in receiving funding to install new equipment, run first aid workshops and upgrade the sheds.

The Blackheath Area Men’s Shed Inc., Lower Mountains Men’s Shed, Central Mountains Men’s Shed and Lower Mountains Men’s Shed have collectively received over $21,000 since 2018-19. A 2019 election commitment, since delivered, saw a revamp of the Lower Mountains Men’s Shed, located in Mt Riverview, completed in October 2019.

In December last year, Senator Payne delivered over $4,700 for the Blue Mountains Women’s Shed under the Volunteer Grants Program to support the operation of the shed.

Applications are open until 26 July 2021. Those wanting to submit an application can visit https://mensshed.org/development-grants.

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