Up to $60,000 funding is available across the state for local community groups to build new or refurbish an existing men’s sheds.

Men's Sheds Program


Men’s Sheds

Men’s Sheds are safe and practical places for men to meet, make social connections and actively participate in their local communities.

Men’s sheds:

  • are community based, non-profit organisations, accessible to all men, whose primary activity is the provision of a safe and friendly environment
  • are often located in a shed or workshop space in a community-based setting
  • provide a place for regular contact with other men and a range of activities that are determined by the participants
  • partner with other organisations to share resources and build on existing services, and many undertake projects to assist the wider community. Partnerships can involve local businesses, councils, other government agencies, community groups and local clubs and associations
  • are supported by volunteers and are accessible and inclusive spaces.

There are now more than 360 men’s sheds across Victoria


Men’s Sheds Objective

Men’s sheds are great for the health and wellbeing of men in our communities. They do this by promoting the social, civic and economic participation of men – helping to replace social isolation and dislocation with inclusion and connection.



There are 2 categories under the Men’s Sheds funding round:

  1. New Build Grant: up to $60,000 is available.
  2. Refurbishment Grants: up to $30,000 is available.


Eligible Projects

New Build grant is available to:

  • construct a new men’s sheds
  • redevelop an existing building into a men’s sheds, or
  • co-locate a men’s shed in a multifunction community facility or hub.

Refurbishment grant is available for:

  • modifications to meet health and safety and/or disability access standards
  • modifications to meet public access needs
  • modifications to increase shed capacity
  • refurbishments to expand activities based on community demand.

Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate:

  • a high level of need for the project in their community
  • a plan to attract participants, create a positive environment and address issues of social isolation and promote inclusion
  • significant partnership and/or support from relevant community groups such as the local council, neighbourhood house or adult-learning providers
  • a strategic plan to sustain the operation of the shed.


Eligible Applicants

Men’s Sheds funding is available to incorporated, not for profit organisations and local councils.

Eligible organisations that currently auspice a men’s shed program, or intend to establish a men’s shed program, may also apply for funding, provided that they can demonstrate that they have consulted with men about the project.

Each grant application for Men’s Sheds must demonstrate proof of:

  • land availability for a period of five years from project completion
  • community consultation, including with local men, and a demonstrated need for the project in the community
  • detailed design plans and an understanding of building permit and planning requirements, including overlays
  • support from key community partners.



Applications close 8 June 2018.


More Information

To make an application, contact the department’s Local Connections Team in your area to discuss your application. It is strongly recommended that you also seek advice from the Victorian Men’s Shed Association.


Latest Grant Recipients

  • Anglesea and District Men’s Shed
  • Bairnsdale Men’s Shed
  • Ballarat East Community Men’s Shed
  • Clunes Men’s Shed
  • Cobram Men’s Shed
  • Darebin Community Health Service Men’s Shed
  • Euroa Men’s Shed
  • Harrow Men’s Shed
  • Heathcote Men’s Shed
  • Kerang Men’s Shed
  • Keysborough Learning Centre for Keysman Men’s Shed
  • Kinglake Ranges Men’s Shed
  • Kooweerup Men’s Shed
  • Leongatha Men’s Shed
  • Linton and District Men’s Shed
  • Mallee District Aboriginal Services Aboriginal Elders (Marli Yaparra) Men’s Shed
  • Mansfield Men’s Shed
  • New Peninsula Men’s Shed Mt Martha
  • Penshurst Men’s Shed
  • Robinvale-Euston Men’s Shed
  • Rochester Community House Men’s Shed
  • Rowville Men’s Shed
  • Rutherglen Men’s Shed
  • Sale Men’s Shed
  • Simpson and District Community Centre Men’s Shed
  • The Pines Men’s Shed
  • Trentham and Districts Men’s Shed
  • Vermont Men’s Shed
  • Wangaratta Men’s Shed.


Media Release

Men’s Sheds across the country have received a total of $400,000 in grants from the Morrison Government to boost the health and wellbeing of men in their communities.

To mark Men’s Shed Week, I am delighted to announce that under round 17 of the Government’s National Shed Development Programme 104 sheds received grants for various activities and projects.

The Men’s Shed grants programme provides funding for health improvement activities, the purchase of tools and equipment, community projects and training, and for building maintenance and development

Men are often the last ones to make their health and wellbeing a priority. It’s imperative that we do what we can to ensure they get the support they need and deserve.

Feeling part of a social group is important to our emotional and mental health and Men’s Sheds provide men with an opportunity for companionship and support within their community

Men’s Sheds have been a real success story in promoting health and wellbeing for Australian men and I am delighted to award these grants.

The Morrison Government recognises these benefits and is investing a total of $5.1 million over three years to the national Men’s Sheds movement.

All sheds that meet the definition of a Men’s Shed are eligible to apply for funding and grants are awarded on a competitive basis up to a total of $10,000, with priority given to sheds in disadvantaged areas.

Grants are awarded across three categories – health and wellbeing and events, shed improvements and equipment.

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.