The Tasmanian government continues to support Men’s Sheds across Tasmania. In the 2017–18 budget,
$90,000 has been allocated to the TMSA.
This funding has been allocated to support our 55 members through the following activities:
• $5,000 to conduct training to up skill Shed leaders to improve shed governance;
• $5,000 towards health awareness programs;
• $10,000 towards TMSA operational expenses; and
• $70,000 to continue and expand the role of the Executive Officer (this includes travel costs).
There has been no announcement of a continuation of the grants program as the current funding of $550,000 over three years that commenced in 2014 does not finish until the end of 2017.
Round 5 of TMSA grants to Sheds has been completed and the successful applicants have all received the funds. At total of $113,137 was allocated (see article regarding successful grant recipients).
In addition to the TMSA grants, Sheds have received allocations from the Tasmanian Community Fund(TCF) and the Department of State Growth Community Infrastructure Grants.
TMSA Sheds that received funding from TCF:
• Spring Bay Community Boat Shed – $14,432 – Shed extension
• Howrah Men’s Shed – $4,500 – Safety and other equipment
• Huonville Men’s Shed – $79,256 – Construction of premises
• Kentish Men’s Shed – $22,249 – Shed extension
• Port Cygnet Men’s Shed – $5,286 – Equipment upgrade
The Community Infrastructure Grant recipients are not published on the State Growth website but I am aware of Claremont and East Tamar Sheds receiving considerable funding.
All of this clearly identifies the high level of support for Men’s Sheds by the Government and the community of Tasmania.
Geoff Marsh Executive Officer
Tasmanian Men’s Shed Association firstname.lastname@example.org