Almost €45,000 has been allocated to 22 Men’s Sheds organisations around Donegal.
The allocation is part of an €800,000 package announced today by Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD.
The initiative will see grants of €2,000 provided to over 400 such projects nationwide to assist them with running costs such as electricity or insurance bills.
Minister Humphreys made the announcement during a visit to the Dublin 12 Men’s Shed in Kimmage in Dublin’s South Inner City.
The individual grants will be distributed via its representative body, the Irish Men’s Sheds Association (IMSA).
“Our Men’s Sheds provide an absolutely invaluable service in communities the length and breadth of the country,” Minister Humphreys said:
“They help tackle isolation and provide a welcoming and comfortable space for men to come together and socialise.
“And as we enter the winter period, the supports that our Men’s Sheds provide are even more important.”
Enda Egan, CEO of the Irish Men’s Sheds Association, also welcomed the funding.
“We are delighted with today’s announcement and we’re grateful to Minister Humphreys for her ongoing support for the sheds,” Mr Egan said.
“Men’s Sheds have really come into their own in recent years and it’s such a boost for us in the Irish Men’s Sheds Association to know that we can use this funding to help our members with their utility and materials bills through this winter. This funding will help towards the sustainability of Sheds as many struggle to re-open after Covid; Shed members up and down the country, and their communities will benefit greatly from this funding and I know that the support from Minister Humphreys is much appreciated.”
The full list of Men’s Sheds is available: here.