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National Shed Development Programme (NSDP) Shed Grants

Applications for National Shed Development Programme (NSDP) Round 17 grants are now open. 

Applications Open Monday 30 April

Applications Close Friday 8 June

Changes introduced to the National Shed Development Programme Round 17

The NSDP was reviewed by the Department of Health and Australian Men’s Shed Association in March 2018, with a number of major changes implemented in this round. These changes include:

  • Categories
  • What can be requested in each category
  • Maximum levels of funding available
  • Lodgement of appplications

Comprehensive information is contained in the NSDP Round 17 Guidelines. Please read these guidelines thoroughly to ensure a good understanding of these changes. Click here to for guidelines and application information. 

For all enquiries please contact amsa@mensshed.net or call 1300 550 009.

Introduction

The Australian Men’s Sheds Association (AMSA) has administered the Australian Government National Shed Development Programme (NSDP) on behalf of the Australian Government since 2010. To date a total of $4,381,285.30 (GST excl) has been provided to assist new and existing Sheds. Under the NSDP, the Australian Government will allocate $800,000 (GST excl) in the 2017/2018 financial year. A funding pool of $400,000 (GST excl) per round enables applicants to apply for a wide range of items and services.

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

To reflect Government policy, priority is given to those Sheds:

  • That offer activities and programmes to address health and wellbeing and events
  • Located in areas of greatest need
  • Who 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
  • 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.


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