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National Shed Development Programme


This programme aims to allow men's sheds and organisations supporting a men's shed within their community to apply for funds to better respond to local needs. For the purposes of this programme, 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.

The programme seeks to provide 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.

There are three categories of funding available:
- Category 1 (Health and Wellbeing and Events): Up to $8,000
- Category 2 (Shed Improvements): Up to $8,000
- Category 3 (Equipment): Up to $5,000

A total funding pool of $1 million is available for 2019-20, allocated equally for the two funding rounds.

The 2019-20 funding round dates are:
- Round 19: Opened 17 June and closed 19 July 2019
- Round 20: Opens 27 January and closes 28 February 2020.

Who Can Apply?

Eligible applicants include community-based organisations such as men's sheds, service clubs, health services or any other relevant community-organisation who wishes to establish/improve an existing men's shed.

Applicants must be a registered legal entity. If the men's shed is not a registered legal entity, an overseeing sponsor body that is a legal or registered entity can act on its behalf and submit an application.

The applicant is not required to be a member of the Australian Men's Sheds Association (AMSA).

Eligible Activities

Eligible activities can be:
- 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.
- Activities may include gardening, woodturning, metalwork, repairs, restoration (e.g. heritage machinery, bicycle and small engine maintenance, computers and cooking, community projects).
- Participation in training programmes such as first aid and computers.
- Participation in activities that advance the health and well-being of their male members.
- Engagement in traditional and cultural activities such as art, craft, 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.

Please refer to the Guidelines for the list of the complete list of priority groups and eligible activities for each category.

Main Assessment Criteria

The main assessment criteria include:
- Eligibility (10 points)
- Need (10 points)
- Value (10 points)
- Organisational capacity (10 points)
- Risk (10 points)

Please refer to the Guidelines for the complete list of the assessment criteria.


The following are ineligible for funding:
- The building of a new shed/facility.
- 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.
- The purchase of land.  
- 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.

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Guidelines 2019-07-30 Download

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Status Opening
Opening Date 27 Jan 2020
Start By Date 14 Feb 2020
Closing Date 28 Feb 2020
Closing Information
This programme is available biannually. Please see the Overview for the closing details.

Funding Type Grant
Max.Funding $8,000
Total Funding Pool $1M
Co-contribution Yes
Competitive Yes
Eligible Activities
CommunityServices : General
Health : General
Infrastructure : General
Gender Any
Age Any
Who Can Apply?
Applicable to Churches Yes
Eligible Organisation Type(s)
Difficulty Rating
Tier Federal
Department of Health
Program Administrator
Australian Men’s Sheds Association
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