National Shed Development Funding
opens MONDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2016
closes FriDAY 13 JANUARY 2017
All documentation is available by scrolling down to the end of this article
About the National Shed Development Programme (NSDP)
The Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA) has administered the Australian Government National Shed Development Programme (the NSDP) on behalf of the Australian Government since 2010. To date a total of $3,186,284.90 (GST excl) has been provided to assist new and existing Sheds.
The aim of the Programme through the provision of direct financial assistance is to:
- support health improvements through a focus on the social determinants of health through national activities in relation to key population groups such as men
- assist to address the health and wellbeing of the Shed members,
- deliver activities and programmes,
- improve facilities and the sustainability of Men’s Sheds across Australia
Under the NSDP, the Australian Government will allocate $800,000 (GST excl) in the 2016/2017 financial year – a funding pool of $400,000 (GST excl) per round across two funding rounds. The funding available includes provisions for applicants to apply for a wide range of items and services.
To reflect Government policy, priority is given to those Sheds in areas of greatest need and those that engage and meet the needs of members from the designated Priority Groups- refer to Programme Guidelines Part 6 page 6.
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 and 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.
Funding Overview & Recent Changes
Since 2010 the NSDP has experienced various changes to reflect both Government Policy and the needs of Men’s Sheds. e.g. Funding is no longer available for promotional and fundraising purposes such as BBQ’s, marquees and clothing and funding Priority Groups have been expanded to include:
- Defence veterans
- Males suffering from drug or alcohol abuse, and
- Males who need support due to relationship issues.
In 2016 the NSDP underwent a comprehensive Evaluation. In response to the feedback from Men’s Sheds, the AMSA and Department of Health, the final findings have recommended further changes that will be implemented from Round 14.
What are those Changes?
The Application Form
A major finding of the NSDP Evaluation highlighted the need to simplify the application process. The original three application forms based on Category have now been eliminated and one template has been developed to enable applicants to include all requests across the three categories onto one Application Form.
Applicants can apply for a combination of items/services across the three categories to a maximum of $10,000.
Applicants will have 6 weeks in which to complete and lodge their application.
What items/ services are eligible?
- Tools, Equipment, Community Projects & Training up to a maximum of $5,000
- Building Maintenance & Development up to a maximum of $7500- funding to be used for improvements, modifications or refurbishment to an existing building or space to allow for the operation of the Men’s Shed.
- Please Note: the building of a new shed or premises is not supported under this Programme
- Health Improvement Activities-assistance with costs incurred for the delivery of men’s health screening programmes, activities that advance health and well-being of their male members, costs to attend health focussed events and education programmes, planning and delivery of regional Men’s Health events, health resourcesMore comprehensive details are available in the NSDP Guidelines Part 3 ‘What items/ services are eligible?’ page 4.Two quotes for all requested items/services must accompany the application.
If the building is owned by another party, the owner must provide written consent for the proposed work as an attachment to the application.
If the building work requires Local Government approvals, these approvals/permits must accompany the application as attachments.
Help and Support
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have enquiries
Sponsoring body expenses
Note: Sponsoring bodies cannot request funds to reimburse their organisational expenses – the grant funds are for those expenses incurred directly by the Men’s Shed.
Combination funding requests
- The original three application forms based on Category have now been eliminated
- Applicants can now include all requests across the three categories onto one Application Form
- Applicants can apply for a combination of items/services across the three categories to a total maximum of $10,000.
On page 4 of the Application Form, applicants are required to complete a summary of the funding being sought.
To assist applicants, more detailed information about combined funding requests and a range of budget examples have been included in the NSDP Guidelines page 6.
What cannot be funded by the NSDP?
- The building of a new shed/facility is not supported under this Programme
- Funds to support a designated co-ordinator
- Sponsoring bodies requests to reimburse their organisational expenses – the grant funds are for those expenses incurred directly by the Men’s Shed project.
- Individual projects requiring ongoing funding from AMSA. Note: this funding is provided for a specific activity/purpose on a one-off basis
- The purchase of land. In general the land on which the facility development is proposed will be municipal property, Crown reserve, land owned by a public authority or held for public purposes (e.g. trustees
- Repair of facilities damaged by vandalism, fire or other natural disasters where the act is covered by insurance
- Additional funding for Men’s Shed components that have already received substantial funding from Government.
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
What Men’s Sheds will be given priority?
The priorities for Round Fourteen include:
- Men’s Sheds in areas of greatest need
- Men’s Shed who engage with and have membership from the 12 priority groups
- Applicants who can demonstrate that their proposal is value for money and meets a specific need.
Applicants will be required to list all prior funding received and this will form part of the considerations by the Evaluation Panel.
Please Note: applicants who have previously received funding are still eligible to apply.