There is no stronger supporter of Men’s Sheds in Tasmania than the Hodgman Liberal Government.
Men’s Sheds are a valuable community asset to the State and they are ideally placed to improve the health and wellbeing of Tasmanian men.
Men’s Sheds provide a safe outlet for men to connect and share information whilst at the same time working on projects that benefit themselves, their Shed and their wider community.
They also provide direct health benefits including mateship, increased physical activity and improved awareness of mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
During the election campaign we committed increased ongoing support to the Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association (TMSA) of $705,000 in additional funding over 3 years, including a $125,000 per annum grant fund and $110,000 in core operational funding, making the TMSA a peak body for the first time, as well as $296,000 across 9 different Men’s Shed projects.
It was my pleasure today to visit the Clarendon Vale Community Shed to promote the opening of the $125,000 Grant funding for Men’s Sheds across Tasmania.
The $125,000 is available across 2 categories. Category 1 applications are for the purchase of tools, equipment, member training and community initiatives up to $5,000 and Category 2 applications are for capital works up to $20,000.
The Grant program is now open and applications will be welcomed for the next 3 months in order to give Men’s Sheds plenty of time to put an application together. Community, Sport and Recreation will administer the grant program.
Further details can be found at http://www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/csr/grants_and_community_engagement/mens_shed