How to write a winning SSAF Proposal

How to write a winning SSAF Proposal


SSAF applications now open! Now is a great opportunity for you to put your idea on the table.

To give your idea the best chance of success, here is a look at the anatomy of a proposal and what is needed for each section.

A SSAF Student Initiative Proposal is separated into three parts, and once those parts are finalised, it will be passed on to your SRC for their endorsement.

1. Proposal Information

After going through the title for your proposal and your personal details, you will need to identify how your proposal aligns with the university requirements. The requirements is a list of 19 guidelines that university projects follow, and while you don’t have to follow all of them, it is a good idea to follow three or more to get the ball rolling. You can check out the entire list here.

After this is the project description. Simply, this is where you write what your project is about. This includes what the proposal is, who is involved, who it is designed for, why it is designed this way and also, if applicable, detail is a similar project has been done in the past. This will give the reviewers a great idea of what you are trying to achieve and how it will benefit everyone involved.

2. Initiative Outcomes

The first part of this section is about milestones and the timeline. This is your plan of when all parts of this proposal are going to be completed. It also gives the reviewers an idea of the length of your idea and how much work needs to be done by both you as the proposer but also the university. You can also choose to put different parts of the plan under different sections. For example, if your proposal is a music event, everything under booking the venue and accommodation would go first, then organising the acts would come second then the actual event on the day would come last under its own heading.

Under the outcomes section, you will also need to identify the outcomes from your proposal and what the end result will look like as an evaluation.

3. Budget and Milestones

The third part is the budget and milestones section, and as you can guess, this is about the costing for your proposal. This is your opportunity to go out and get quotes for what is involved with your project and add up everything that will need to be bought in order to make this proposal work.

Additionally, you will need to add a sustainability statement, identifying the impact that your proposal has on the environment and what you will do to combat these impacts.

Finally, you will need to state whether this proposal has been done before and what previous projects have been endorsed by your SRC in the past.

SRC Endorsement

The final part of your proposal application is the SRC endorsement. You will need to contact your Student Representative Council to have them look over your proposal, and once they are happy with all the contents, they will provide a letter of endorsement for you to attach to the back of your proposal application.

And then it is time to submit.

For more information on your SSAF proposal application, visit the Student Portal.

Don’t forget that SSAF Student Round ends on Monday 27 May, so get thinking and planning to make a difference at Charles Sturt University.

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