Are you interested in starting a Men's Shed in BC? MSABC and United Way Healthy Aging can help.

In British Columbia, there are currently 13 Sheds and several more in development. 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, United Way Healthy Aging (UWHA) is supporting the growth of the Men’s Shed movement in B.C. and the rest of Canada. 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. 

Getting started is simple:

  1. Review the Application, Call for Proposals and Outcome Report (click here). Review the FAQ for additional questions you may have (question/responses will be added on an ongoing basis).

  2. Contact MSABC 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.

If you have additional questions about these grants after reviewing the documents and FAQ (see link above), please contact Barbara McMillan, Provincial Coordinator, United Way Healthy Aging at

**Click here to apply**