GRANT APPLICATION: Men's Sheds Start-Up Details and Documents (2021-2022)

United Way Healthy Aging, Men's Sheds Association of BC
From United Way
Description / Summary

Do you know of individuals thinking of starting a Men’s Shed in your community? United Way Healthy Aging and Men’s Shed Association of BC can help! 

In British Columbia, there are currently 13 Sheds and several more in development. A provincial network, Men’s Shed Association of B.C. (MSABC), provides information, resources, and other support to promote the effectiveness of individual Men’s Sheds throughout the province, whether or not they are members of MSABC.  Recognizing the value of Men’s Sheds in promoting men’s health and wellness, a new initiative of United Way Healthy Aging (UWHA) will support the growth of the Men’s Shed movement in B.C. and the rest of Canada. Working with the Men’s Shed Association of B.C., and supported by the Government of B.C., micro-grants will of up to $1000 be available to assist with the start-up costs of new Men’s Sheds in British Columbia. 

These Start-up Grants are available to groups of two or more men or to community organizations interested in starting a Men’s Shed in their B.C. community and who have contacted MSABC to learn about effective approaches to developing and sustaining a Men’s Shed. If an organization is starting a Men's Shed but does not require a Start-up Grant, they can apply for the larger Project Grant (of up to $10,000) once available: applicants for a Project Grant must meet the criteria of being a "Shed" and connect with MSABC and the nearest Shed.

Getting started is simple:

  1. Review the Call for Proposals and application documents (see attached). Review the FAQ for additional questions you may have (question/responses will be added on an ongoing basis).
  2. Contact MSABC (Men's Sheds Association of British Columbia) to learn more about Men’s Sheds and what’s involved in starting and sustaining a Shed, and the mentorship support available from the Men’s Shed network. 
  3. Get organized, start planning your Shed, and prepare and submit your application to United Way Healthy Aging: Click here to complete the online application.
  4. You can review the outcome report template that will be due at the end of the granting period at any time.