National Sheds Grant Fund opens for applications

Monday, 09 January 2017

Men discuss a DIY projectLocal community groups across the UK are today being encouraged to apply for a share of the Sheds Grant Fund as it opens again for applications to help support the set-up of community Shed spaces.

Find out more about sheds

Sheds are community workshop spaces where people come together to take part in practical skills and activities. They are designed and run by their members and provide opportunities for people to share tools, resources and skills in order to create, learn and develop social networks.

Older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service, with funding from the Asda Foundation, run the Sheds Grant Fund to provide small scale funding to Sheds who are looking for help with either set up or next stage development costs.

"Each Shed is unique due to its location and the activities that the members want to undertake in the space. Whether it is for woodworking, gardening, model making, weaving or electronics, we are delighted to be able to give a helping hand to local communities who want to get a community based Shed up and running."

Jo Phillips, Sheds Project Manager at Royal Voluntary Service

"The Asda Foundation is one of the many ways we can give something back to our local communities. That’s why we lend a hand to a wide range of good causes with which our colleagues are involved with, sharing their passion and helping to make a difference through a variety of projects across the UK. We see the Sheds programme as making a real difference at a grassroots level and are proud to support this initiative."

Julie Ward, Manager of the Asda Foundation
The UK Shed movement follows a blueprint from an Australian project and since the first Men’s Shed opened in the UK 7 years ago, there are now nearly 400 across the UK opening their doors. Many Sheds are created to enable older men to come together and work on either individual or community projects – but the movement is increasingly seeing younger men and women getting involved and benefitting from the social interaction and practical skill sharing that are at their heart.

The Sheds Grant Fund is ran in conjunction with the four national Shed Associations representing and supporting Sheds in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

"We are thrilled that by working together with our national partners we can support this kind of initiative to help benefit individuals, their families, and local communities."

Jason Schroeder, Executive Officer of the Scottish Men’s Sheds Association
During 2016, 29 Sheds were awarded funding to kick start or grow their ambitions.

"The grant went a big way to help install our new electricity supply"

Richard White, Ferryside Men’s Sheds Association

"The grant was used in the main for the purchase of hand and power tools. It is very encouraging for us to receive help from a fund that is sympathetic to the work we plan to do."

Ivor Anderson, Chair of The Aldridge Shed in Walsall

"The voluntary sector simply could not develop community projects like ours without the support of targeted funding such as the RVS / Asda Foundation grant. We try to bring a little joy in to the lives of others and by default to our own lives too. Making Sheds work is time consuming, occasionally frustrating but usually great fun and rewarding for all involved!"

Dan Gmaj, Chairman of The Westbury Shed
Grants of between £250 and £1,000 are available from the Sheds Grant Fund. All applications need to come from constituted, volunteer led community groups and must be submitted by the deadline of Sunday 5 March to be considered.

For further information

Royal Voluntary Service is one of the largest volunteering charities in Britain powered by more than 25,000 volunteers who regularly provide practical help to over 100,000 older people in their homes, communities and in hospitals.

To become a local volunteer search for volunteering opportunities in your area. Or help make a difference by making a secure online donation.

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