Happy Fathers’ Day says Tony Abbott as he promises $4.5 million to the Mens’ Shed Movement today to stop it coming to an end in a year’s time, celebrating the assistance that these facilities provide to men right across Australia.
The funding of the mens’ shed program was meant to run out in June 2016, when the grants were ending. This new wave of funding allows them to continue until 2019 or longer.
“Men’s Sheds are an important part of many Australian communities. They keep men active, contributing to their mental health and physical wellbeing,” said the parliamentary announcement.
To provide certainty for the program, the Government will guarantee funding for a further three years.
“We’re pleased to be able to make this announcement on Father’s Day. This will allow the Men’s Sheds grant rounds to continue to run for the next 3 years. These allow local men’s sheds to maintain their shed, buy new tools or start new projects. It’s a win for the sheds, the men who use them and the communities that benefit from them. Men’s Sheds reduce social isolation, particularly for older men and people living in rural and remote areas. This funding reflects our commitment to promoting and supporting men’s health.
The grants are run for local mens’ sheds to enjoy companionship, purpose and facilities. Applications for grants are assessed by the Australian Men’s Shed Association, in accordance with guidelines agreed by the Department of Health. Each shed can apply for up to $8,000 per year.
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“It’s a win for the sheds, the men who use them and the communities that benefit from them,” Mr Abbott said.
There are now 800 men’s sheds across the country, with more springing up all the time.
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