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National Shed Development Programme (NSDP) Shed Grants

Australian Government Department of Health National Shed Development Programme
Administered by the Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA)


 Round 22 closes Monday 26 July 2021

All documentation including Guidelines and the Application Form is now available for download:

  1. National Shed Development Programme – Guidelines – Round 22 V2 final
  2. National Shed Development Programme – Application Form – Round 22 v2 final
  3. National Shed Development Programme – FAQs – Round 22 V2 final
  4. National Shed Development Programme – A Guide to Preparing your NSDP Application – Round 22 V2 final

Round 22 of the NSDP will specifically prioritise applications requesting:

  • events/improvements/equipment with a strong health, wellbeing or safety emphasis
  • in acknowledgement of the impact of COVID-19 and the needs of Sheds in the recovery period (and beyond), IT equipment and training to facilitate connectivity
  • Defibrillators

For all R22 NSDP enquiries, please email AMSA on


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. Since 2010,  a total of twenty one rounds have been finalised and $6,681,285.00 (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 2020/2021 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, the Application Form and application process, items/services that are eligible for funding


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