What is the NSDP?

The NSDP is a competitive men’s shed grants program that started in 2010. It allows men’s sheds and the organisations that support them to apply for funds. They then use these funds to better respond to their community’s needs.

The Australian Men’s Shed Association announces grant round activity on its development grants page.

A men’s shed is any community-based organisation that is open to all men. Men can gather and work on meaningful projects at their own pace and in their own time. The aim of men’s sheds is to improve the health and wellbeing of its members.

Why is the NSDP important?

The NSDP allows men’s sheds to apply for grant funds to:

  • help with health promotion activities
  • purchase equipment
  • maintain their buildings

What are the goals of the NSDP?

The goals of the NSDP are to:

  • improve the health and wellbeing of shed members
  • deliver appropriate activities
  • improve the facilities and sustainability of men’s sheds across Australia

How will we meet these goals?

The NSDP will meet these goals by:

  • awarding grants on a competitive basis up to a total of $10,000 (GST exclusive)
  • prioritising sheds in disadvantaged areas
  • opening up to all sheds that meet the definition of a men’s shed
  • running grant rounds twice per year ($500,000 for each round)

There are 3 funding categories:

  • health and wellbeing and events
  • shed improvements
  • tools and equipment

Who works with us on the NSDP?

The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) manages the NSDP for us.

Apply for funding

AMSA will promote the opening of each grant round on their website.


The NSDP conducts 2 rounds each year ($500,000 for each round). Funding is not automatically guaranteed. Sheds must apply for funding and we evaluate all requests based on need.

We expect the next round to open in early February 2020.

AMSA publishes the outcomes of each NSDP round on their website.


Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA)

The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) is the peak body supporting almost 1000 men’s sheds across Australia. Contact them for information on men's shed operations.

amsa [at] mensshed.net
Postal addresses: 
66 King St
Newcastle NSW 2300

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Men's sheds contact

Contact us for information about how we support men's sheds activities across Australia.

MensSheds [at] health.gov.au

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Last updated: 
14 January 2020