Cleve and Port Neill men's sheds receive $10k grant boost

Two local men's sheds have received funding boosts to purchase equipment and much-needed resources.

The Cleve and Port Neill sheds have received $6610 and $3596 respectively as part of the federal government's National Shed Development Program.

The program aims to support men's shed programs across the country to engage men in social activities to boost mental health, with $1 million to be distributed among Australian men's shed organisations in two rounds across the 2019/20 financial year.

A total of 135 men's sheds received grants in this round.

The Cleve Men's Shed will be purchasing a first-aid kit, a fire blanket, computer equipment and tools with the funds, while Port Neill will use its funds for a welding safety helmet, gloves and jacket and tools and equipment.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said local men's sheds were an important part of their communities and the new equipment would help locals participate.

"Belonging to a social group is vitally important for emotional and mental health, and our local men's shed is an important place for men to meet up and participate in meaningful projects," he said.

"This funding will boost the shed's resources and help participants in their activities."

Federal health minister Greg Hunt stressed the importance of such groups in helping men communicate.

"Men are known to bottle things up and the Cleve and Port Neill Men's Sheds are encouraging men to reach out for the support they need for better health and wellbeing - great for them, their families and the wider community," he said.

The Cleve Men's Shed, which was officially formed about a year ago, is still in the process of obtaining funds to buy a permanent venue for the group.

The shed has set up a GoFundMe account for people to donate.