As part of Men’s Health Week, the Australian Government is encouraging Men’s Sheds across Barker to apply for funding as part of the newest round of the National Men’s Shed Development Program (NDSP).

Member for Barker Tony Pasin encourages all Sheds in Barker to apply for Round 22 of the NDSP.

“Men’s Sheds play a vital role in preventing social isolation and mental ill health. They offer thousands of men of all ages a safe and friendly environment where they can work on meaningful projects while building strong social connections,” Mr Pasin said.

“Our Government is committed to ensuring that even during the pandemic, members can stay in touch and continue to provide meaningful contributions to their communities,” Mr Pasin said.

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

Mr Pasin 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 remained connected to their community during this time,” Mr Pasin said.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting Men’s Sheds, the Australian Government provided $500,000 to Sheds around Australia in the latest round of NDSP grants.” Mr Pasin said.

Regional Health Minister, Mark Coulton, said Men’s Sheds play a vital role in regional Australia, becoming one of the most important regional organisations.

“Men’s Sheds provide a safe and friendly environment for men to gather and or work on meaningful projects, with the ultimate aim of improving the health and wellbeing of their members,” Minister Coulton said.

“I am also pleased to announce that work will soon begin on the $1.5 million Regional Coordinators for Men’s Sheds Initiative, which helps Men’s Sheds to connect with local health services and promote health events for their members.” Minister Coulton said.

The Australian Men’s Shed Association, which manages the NSDP, has also received funding under the Initiative to implement regional coordinators in NSW, the ACT, SA and the NT. Regional coordinators will be introduced in every state and territory.

Applications for the next round of Men’s Sheds grants is open until 16 July 2021. Those wanting to submit an application can visit