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National Shed Development Programme Funding

National Shed Development Programme Funding



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Major changes have been introduced to the NSDP Round 17. Applicants are encouraged to read the information as outlined in the revised NSDP Manual.

Round 17 will open on Monday 30 April when documentation will be available for download.

About the AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT 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 $3,986,284.90 (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 2017/2018 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 .

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.



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 Men’s Shed 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 attachment

Help and Support

Contact us on 1300 550 009 or at for any 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

  • Applicants can include all requests across the three categories onto one Application Form
  • To assist applicants, more detailed information about combined funding requests and a range of budget examples have been included in the NSDP Guidelines

 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 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.

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