Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) Grant Program
What is the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) Grant Program?
In 2012, the University of Melbourne introduced the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), in compliance with Australian Government's Higher Education Legislation, to support and provide a wide range of services and amenities for students and to support student-focussed initiatives.
All students pay this compulsory fee annually. The amount you pay depends on your study load (full time or part-time).
The University is committed to understanding and meeting the needs of a diverse student population, and ensuring that all have an experience of lasting quality and enrichment. SSAF funds enable a wide range of initiatives, determined in collaboration with students, in support of this commitment.
The SSAF Grant Program provides staff and students with an opportunity to directly engage with the SSAF vision by applying for a grant funded by the SSAF. The SSAF Grant Program offers funding for student-focussed initiatives that contribute to meeting the needs of our diverse student population.
Grants will be available for projects across a wide range of areas, including, but not limited to:
student clubs and societies;
transitioning new students;
supporting students' creative pursuits;
supporting diverse student cohorts;
and student engagement.
Applications for the 2021 SSAF Grant Program round has now CLOSED.
The Student Engagement team in Student and Scholarly Services will be managing the SSAF Grant Program in 2021*. The total grant pool is approx. $185,000.
SSAF Grants are one-off funding, with no repeat funding available in subsequent rounds. Please see the 2021 SSAF Grant Program Guidelines for submitting projects and/or activities that are similar in nature.
A briefing module on SmartyGrants must be completed and submitted prior to receiving awarded SSAF Grant funds.
Projects must commence no later than 6 months following the allocation of the SSAF Grant
Projects must be completed and acquitted by 30June the year after the grant has been awarded. For the 2021 SSAF Grant Program round, this means 30 June 2022.
For projects that will be delivered across the 2021/2022 calendar years, a detailed Progress Report must be completed by 15 November 2021 outlining activities and funds that will carried over into the following year.
All SSAF Grant recipients must complete the project/activity and submit an Acquittal Report by 30 June 2022.
All student applicants must have a named University of Melbourne mentor. All staff applicants must have the approval of their Head of Faculty/Division (or equivalent).
In making its decision, the Selection Committee will consider:
The benefit for students and degree of reach of project
The extent to which the project addresses a service gap
Proposed project outcomes and success indicators
The extent to which the project involves collaboration across the University