The Grants for Engaged Learning Program supports a wide range of engaged learning projects including, but not limited to, classroom and non-classroom-based projects, service learning, undergraduate research, learning communities, and inquiry-based learning. These projects may be extracurricular, co-curricular or curricular and should promote application of knowledge to the communities served by the university. Furthermore, the purpose of the GEL program is to support projects that enriches the academic or UVU community in a broad and enduring way.
The communities served by UVU include:
In the spirit of the Carnegie Foundation designation, GEL projects should be designed to help realize the two engagement categories that UVU has achieved:
Curricular Engagement describes the teaching, learning, and scholarship that engages faculty, students, and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration.Their interactions address community identified needs, deepen students' civic and academic learning, enhance community well-being, and enrich the scholarship of the 2015 Carnegie Elective Community.
Outreach and Partnerships
Outreach and Partnerships describe two different but related approaches to community engagement. The first focuses on the application and provision of institutional resources for community use with benefits to both campus and community. The latter focuses on collaborative interactions with community and related scholarship for the mutually beneficial exchange, exploration, and application of knowledge, information, and resources (research, capacity building, economic development, etc.)
These categories provide the vision for GEL and the goal of supporting a broad range of projects. Thus, we strive to be as inclusive and transparent as possible. Although this is a competitive process, we seek to be accessible and encourage you to contact Dr. Tafalla or your area representative on the GEL committee early for advice and support before applying. (Area representatives are listed on the GEL Website)
GEL proposals will be reviewed on three broad themes:
In addition, proposals will be judged on budget, overall proposal strength and quality of writing.
The grant structure includes three funding categories: seed grants, quick grants, and phased grants.
Seed grants are funded for one to two years with a maximum award of $10,000. (Applicants must reapply for the second year) Deadline Dates: April 4, 2014, 5 pm
Quick grants are distributed on a rolling basis and can be requested all year up until April 1st. Maximum award is $2,500.
Phased grant projects are multi-year, high profile projects in which colleges and schools partner with GEL in a collaborative funding model. Each unit will have the opportunity to receive funding for their top engaged learning initiatives. These awards may or may not include previous seed grant projects. For further details, consult with your dean.