Men’s Sheds negotiating the new era of social distancing and remote learning can apply for grants from the NSW Nationals in the federal government to help ease the transition into the digital age.

NSW Nationals Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said funding available under round 21 of the National Men’s Shed Development Programme will prioritise IT equipment and training to help increase connectivity amongst shedders.

Grants will also target projects with strong health, wellbeing or safety emphasis, in acknowledgement of the impact of COVID-19 and the needs of Men’s Sheds in the recovery period and beyond.

“If this health pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that we all need to do regular activities with the people around us and our local Men’s Sheds are a key part of that,” Mr Joyce said.

“I urge all Men’s Sheds to apply for a share of these grants to help keep minds sharp and our communities stronger together, through good times and bad.”

Men’s Sheds can apply for financial support across the following funding categories:
• Category 1: Health, Wellbeing, and Events $8000 maximum
• Category 2: Shed Improvements $8000 maximum
• Category 3: Equipment $5000 maximum

Applications for the current funding round close Friday, November 27. For more information, visit https://mensshed.org.