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National Shed Development Programme (NSDP) Shed Grants

Department of Health
Administered by the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA)

OPENS: Monday 3 February 2020

CLOSES: Monday 9 March 2020

Statement relating to R20 priority
Round 20 of the NSDP will specifically prioritise regions currently experiencing drought and/or areas/communities affected by bushfire.

The priorities for Round 20 will also include:
• Requests that address health and wellbeing and events
• Men’s Sheds in areas of greatest need with particular emphasis on regional, rural and remote communities including drought affected communities and bushfire affected communities
• Men’s Sheds that have membership from the 12 priority groups and
• Applicants that have not previously received NSDP funding and can demonstrate need.


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 nineteen rounds have been finalised and $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.

To reflect Government policy, priority is 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.

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 and also to 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 cannot be funded by the NSDP?
• Building 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
• Sponsoring bodies requests to fund their organisational staff expenses
• Sponsoring bodies requests to apply an administration fee
• Individual projects requiring ongoing funding
• The purchase of land.
• Repair of facilities damaged by vandalism, fire or other natural disasters where the act is covered by insurance and
• Additional funding for Men’s Sheds that have already received substantial funding from governments and for which need is not identified.

How to obtain additional support, information or assistance
Please email if you have enquiries about the NSDP programme, Application Form and application process, items/services that are eligible for funding


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