The UVU Grants for Engaged Learning (GEL) program invites faculty and staff to submit proposals intended to increase engaged learning practices campus-wide and to support UVU’s goals and strategic plan regarding engaged learning. Particular consideration will be given to proposals that support and increase academic application to regional, national and global issues and particularly to proposals that strengthen community and academic ties.
The GEL program plans, organizes, and promotes collaborative funding opportunities for faculty, staff and students to develop and participate in engaged learning projects. For purposes of GEL grant decisions, the following definition includes critical elements of engaged learning.
The Grants for Engaged Learning Program supports projects that promote collaborative learning and problem-solving that result in solutions and benefits to the communities served by the university.
This statement adopts the Carnegie Foundation premise that the term “communities” is used with a broad perspective with understanding that there must be “a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.”
Proposals may be funded up to the maximum of $10,000 per project. Grants will only be funded for one to a maximum of two years and be dependent on continued approval in competition with other grant submissions. Continued funding will depend upon fundraising capabilities and the budget priorities of your college or school. The Office of Engaged Learning will work with grant directors on a funding plan for each project in consultation with department chairs and deans.
Quick grants may be funded for up to $2500 and will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. These awards are intended for smaller projects and do not require an elevated level of review. Please allow two weeks for notification from the Office of Engaged Learning.
Project title and a one-sentence project description, project lead and participant names including contact information, and requested amount of funding.
What opportunity or need is being addressed? How will this proposal further community-engaged learning and scholarship?
Briefly demonstrate alignment with the university’s strategic plan. How will this proposal improve student success and meet the needs of the community?
Detailed description of what will be done by whom and over what time line. What strategies will be used for utilizing students and identifying community partners? What role will students and potential community partners have in the planning and project organization?
Detailed description of desired outcomes and benefits to students and community partners. Include specific methods for assessment and accountability.
Endorsement and Applicant Information
Letter of endorsement from the Dean, Vice President, department chairs, and community, as appropriate (se website for form).
The five central evenly-weighted criteria effecting potential funding of proposals are as follows:
the depth and breadth of student involvement with significant learning conditions
the depth and breadth of impact and value to the community being served
Application of Academic Learning
the extent to which the project connects academic theory and learning to practical applications
Outcomes, Benefits and Measures
the extent to which potential student and community outcomes will be measured—Potential success/outcome measures include: number of students engaged, impact on learning outcomes, impact on community or issue, number of faculty engaged or courses taught, and number of projects completed
Making the Case
the extent to which the grant is complete and well-written with sound arguments that address the stated criteria