The community in northern Victoria is being encouraged to apply for an Andrews Government grant to build more Men’s Sheds and support the emotional and social health of men.
This year’s Men’s Shed Funding Program grant round — with $885000 up for grabs — has an emphasis on supporting indigenous men and those from regional areas.
Men’s Sheds are safe and productive spaces for men to work on common projects, form friendships and give back to their community, with almost 1000 sheds across the country and more than 360 in Victoria.
About 15000 people attend a shed in Victoria each day.
Grants for up to $60000 are available to build new Men’s Sheds, and up to $30000 to upgrade or refurbish existing sheds.
Cobram Men’s Shed secretary Terry Langton said the local shed had every intention of applying for a $30000 grant to improve the shed’s storage space.
‘‘We will try and get a shed out the back on the showground side to improve storage space, meaning we can clear out some of the stuff in the main shed which will further improve occupational health and safety operations,’’ Mr Langton said.
After a missing out on a grant in the middle of last year, Mr Langton said he would be fine-tuning the recent proposal and was hopeful the shed would receive a much-needed extension.
The Victorian Government provided nearly $900000 in 2017 to support the construction of 13 new Men’s Sheds and the refurbishment of 10 existing sheds.
Each year, the government provides $1million to support Men’s Sheds in Victoria, which includes $114000 to the Victorian Men’s Shed Association.
The money has helped create and upgrade 70 sheds since November 2014.