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National Shed Development Programme Funding

National Shed Development Programme Funding

Australian Government Department of Health


Round 19 is now open and will close Friday 19th July 2019

NSDP R19 Application Form June 2019

Round 19 NSDP Guidelines June 2019

AMSA Resource- The Men’s Shed Gathering and Health Event Manual June 2019 V2


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 $5,181,285.30 (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 allocated $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.

Funding is available for a wide range of items and services and however priority will be given to Category One Health and Wellbeing and Events and Category Two Equipment.

To reflect Government policy, priority is also 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.

The NSDP is open to all Men’s Sheds in Australia, both members and non members of the AMSA. The applicant is not required to be a member of the AMSA.

 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 5 weeks in which to complete and lodge their application 

What items/ services are eligible?

Individual Men’s Sheds in Australia can apply for a range of financial support across the following three funding categories:
– Category One Health and Wellbeing and Events Max $8,000
– Category Two Shed Improvements Max $8,000
– Category Three Equipment Max $5,000
Some items/materials may appear to fit within more than one category. If you are unsure, please contact for clarification.

  • Category One: Health and Wellbeing and Events-up to a maximum of $8000-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 resources
  • Category Two: Shed Improvements up to a maximum of $8000– 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
  • Category Three: Tools and Equipment up to a maximum of $5,000the priority focus in Category Three is providing financial support to new Men’s Sheds (less than 2 years old) and those Men’s Sheds that can who can clearly demonstrate a high need
  • More comprehensive details are available in the NSDP Guidelines Part 3 ‘What items/ services are eligible?’ . 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

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Sponsoring body expenses

 Note: Sponsoring bodies cannot request funds to reimburse their organisational expenses or charge an administration fee- the grant funds are for those expenses incurred directly by the Men’s Shed.

 Combination funding request

Applicants can include all requests across the three categories onto one Application Form and more detailed information is 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 for the NSDP include:
• Requests that address health and wellbeing and events
• Men’s Sheds in areas of greatest need
• Men’s Sheds who engage with and have membership from the 12 priority groups
• Applicants who have not received previous NSDP funding and can demonstrate need and engagement with the Priority Groups-applicants who have previously received funding are still eligible to apply and will be required to list all prior funding received – this will form part of the considerations by the Evaluation Panel.

Please Note: applicants who have previously received funding are still eligible to apply.

Other downloads available:

FAQs -NSDP June 2019

A Guide to Preparing your NSDP Application June 2019