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SUN Project Proposals Hub


SUN invites schools and colleges to submit proposals for funding to deliver projects in Phase 2 of the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (September 2019 – July 2020). Before submitting any proposal, please read the guidance document at the bottom of the page.

The submission process & important dates

Please note, there is no longer a rolling submission process. Currently, schools and colleges have this one opportunity to submit proposals to run projects in 2019/20.

For projects taking place between September 2019 – July 2020, the following dates apply:

  • Guidance disseminated: Monday 20 May 2019
  • Submission open:  Monday 3 June 2019
  • Submission deadline: Monday 24 June 2019, 09:00
  • SUN Project Proposal Board meets: Friday 5 July 2019
  • Institutions notified of bid outcome: w/c Monday 8 July 2019 


Project delivery timelines

Projects should commence no earlier than 16 September 2019 and ALL elements of the project including planning, delivery, evaluation and reporting MUST be completed by the reporting deadline. Evaluation findings and project reports must be with SUN by the date identified by SUN in the Project Evaluation Framework. This is a fixed deadline with no flexibility.

PLEASE NOTE: Projects will not be considered if activity has commenced prior to approval as it will not be possible for SUN to measure impact. Approved projects will not be funded until evaluation frameworks are agreed by all parties.


Level of funding available

Please note the changes in the terms and conditions in the Project Proposal Guidance (below) in relation to the level of funding now available to schools and colleges.

There is a limit of three project proposals per institution / organisation up to a combined value of £7,500. If SUN receives multiple submissions from a single institution, this will be taken into account when allocating funds.


The review and approval process

Schools and colleges have one opportunity to submit a proposal (as per the timelines above). If you would like to discuss any ideas that you may have for a project, or if you have questions, please do not hesitate to send queries to your dedicated SUN Project Leader. Project proposals will not be reviewed before the board meets.

Project proposals will be reviewed by the Project Proposal Board. Project proposals will be measured against the following criteria:

  • Relevance to the priorities listed in the guidance
  • Quality of submission
  • The ability to demonstrate outputs linked to the aims and objectives of NCOP
  • The ability to demonstrate outputs linked to specific objectives in the SUN Progression Framework
  • The plans to disseminate outputs/best practice to other stakeholders within the region
  • Value for money


Types of proposal considered

Before submitting a proposal, please refer to the Project Proposal Guidance (below) and note the priority areas identified by SUN. SUN will only consider bids where impact can be demonstrated by July 2020. SUN expects organisations will have considered the spending of funds allocated by SUN for 2019/20.


Previous Projects

It is possible for schools and colleges to submit proposals to replicate previous projects but as the project will be delivered during a new ‘Phase’ of NCOP, these projects cannot be considered as ‘extensions’. Therefore schools and colleges must adhere to new guidance and submit their application using the new form (below).

Please note that ALL data and reports for current projects must be with SUN by the deadline specified by your existing evaluation framework. SUN will withhold funding for projects in Phase 2 if data from existing / previous projects has not been returned to SUN.

Available to download below are the following relevant documents:

  • Project proposal guidance 2019-20
  • Project application form 2019-20
  • Flow chart for successful projects 2019-20

For any further guidance or queries, please contact your Project Leader.