Fund­ing avail­able for men’s sheds groups

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

AL­MOST $900,000 has been made avail­able to Men’s Sheds around Vic­to­ria un­der the lat­est of­fer­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment.

The 2017 – 2018 Men’s Sheds Grants Pro­gram was an­nounced ear­lier this month by Min­is­ter for Fam­i­lies and Chil­dren, Jenny Mikakos, who said that ap­pli­ca­tions were open un­til June this year.

The grants will help com­mu­ni­ties pro­vide a space for men to meet, re­con­nect and par­tic­i­pate in their lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

As Mans­field has been home to a vi­brant Men’s Shed for many years, the group is un­able to ap­ply for the larger $60,000 new build­ing grants, but there is an ad­di­tional grant avail­able of up to $30,000 for Men’s Sheds groups that want to ei­ther mod­ify their shed to meet health and safety and/ or dis­abil­ity ac­cess stan­dards, make the Men’s Shed larger or ex­pand their ac­tiv­i­ties range.

“Men’s sheds play a vi­tal role in sup­port­ing and en­hanc­ing the well­be­ing of men around Vic­to­ria,” Min­is­ter Mikakos said.

“This fund­ing will help more men to work to­gether lo­cally and pro­vide valu­able ser­vices to their com­mu­nity.”

There are more than 350 men’s sheds al­ready op­er­at­ing across Vic­to­ria.

The La­bor Gov­ern­ment pro­vides $1 mil­lion per year through the Men’s Shed pro­gram, in­clud­ing fund­ing to sup­port the Vic­to­rian Men’s Shed’s As­so­ci­a­tion in strength­en­ing the ca­pac­ity of men’s sheds.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/ for-busi­ness-and-com­mu­nity/ com­mu­nity-in­volve­ment/menin-the-com­mu­nity/mens-sheds

PLAY­ING ON: The MAD or­ches­tra will again per­form at the up­com­ing ANZAC Day com­meme­o­ra­tions in Mans­field as they did last year.

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