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National Shed Development Programme (NSDP) Shed Grants
Australian Government Department of Health
National Shed Development Programme (NSDP)
Round 19 OUTCOMES ANNOUNCED
The Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA) manages the Australian Government Department of Health National Shed Development Programme (the NSDP) on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Health. To date a total of $5,681,285.00 (GST excl.) has been provided to assist new and existing Sheds. Under the NSDP, the Australian Government will allocate $1,000,000 (GST excl.) in the 2019/2020 financial year. There will be two funding rounds each allocating $500,000 (excl. GST).
The NSDP provides direct financial assistance to:
– assist to address the health and wellbeing of the Shed members
– support health improvements through a focus on the social determinants of health through national activities in relation to key population groups such as men
– deliver appropriate activities and programmes
– improve facilities and the sustainability of Men’s Sheds across Australia.
Funding is available for a wide range of items and services and however priority will be given to Category One Health and Wellbeing and Events and Category Two Equipment
To reflect Government policy, priority is also given to those Sheds in areas of greatest need e.g. regional, rural and remote and those that engage and meet the needs of members from the designated Priority Groups.
The NSDP is open to all Men’s Sheds in Australia, both members and non members of the AMSA. The applicant is not required to be a member of the AMSA.
What are the Priority Groups?
The 12 Priority Groups for whom Men’s Sheds provide activities:
- Males not in work
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males
- Socially disadvantaged
- Isolated males
- Males with a disability
- Males with a mental illness (e.g. Depression)
- Migrant males
- Males living in rural and remote areas
- Defence veterans
- Males suffering alcohol abuse
- Males suffering drug abuse
- Males who need support due to relationship issues
The NSDP is a competitive Men’s Shed grants programme that allows Men’s Sheds and organisations supporting a Men’s Shed within their community to apply for funds to better respond to local needs.
The NSDP is open to:
- Both developing and established Men’s Sheds
- Members and non members of the Australian Men’s Shed Association.
What is a Men’s Shed?
A Men’s Shed is any community-based, non-commercial organisation which is open to all males where:
- The primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where males are able to gather together and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other males
- The primary objective is to advance the health and well-being of their male members.
Men’s Sheds are a vital community investment delivering programmes and activities that foster community spirit, connect communities and contribute to building a more inclusive Australia. Most ‘shedders’ see themselves as having a strong sense of belonging and ownership of their Shed, share fellowship, camaraderie and devote most of their time to worthwhile community projects.
Men’s Sheds not only play important roles in the overall improvement of health and wellbeing but also positively engaging within their community for the benefit of their community.
A ‘Men’s Shed’ can be a purpose built facility, a multipurpose community or private building or shared space used on a regular basis for the purposes of a Men’s Shed. Innovative Men’s Shed models such as mobile sheds will also be considered where it can be established that these models are the best way to reach a specific priority group.
Men’s Shed Activities
- Where the primary activity is the provision of a safe, friendly and inclusive environment where males are able to gather together and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other males
- The manufacture of a variety of products including toys, household or garden furniture, Indigenous crafts or wood turned articles
- Activities that may include gardening, wood turning, metalwork, undertaking repairs or restoration such as heritage machinery, bicycle and small engine maintenance, computer training & cooking
- The undertaking of community projects
- Participation in training programmes such as First Aid & computers
- Participation in activities that advance the health and well-being of their male members and
- Engagement in traditional and cultural activities such as art and crafts, traditional hunting and fishing.
These activities may not necessarily be conducted within a specific facility known as a ‘Men’s Shed’ but in a meeting place designated and known as a Men’s Group.
What Men’s Shed Projects will be given priority in Round 19?
The priorities for Round Nineteen include:
• Requests that address health and wellbeing and events – Category One
• Men’s Sheds in areas of greatest need
• Men’s Sheds which engage with and have membership from the 12 priority groups
• Applicants who have not received previous NSDP funding and can demonstrate need and engagement with the Priority Groups.
Applicants who have previously received funding are still eligible to apply and will be required to list all prior funding received – this will form part of the considerations by the Evaluation Panel.