GEL

About GEL

The Grants for Engaged Learning (GEL) 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.  BEFORE YOU CLICK THE "APPLY FOR GEL" link, please download a blank pdf Application to familiarize yourself with the required information. Clicking the "Apply Here" button officially starts your application, and if blank will be deleted.

(GEL Grants are only open to UVU Faculty and Staff)

The communities served by UVU include:

  • Academic / discipline community
  • UVU community
  • Local community
  • State community
  • Global community
  

In the spirit of Carnegie Foundation designation, GEL projects should be designed to help realize the two engagement categories that UVU has achieved:

Curricular Engagement

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 your area representative on the GEL committee early for advice and support before applying.

Faculty Resource

Nichole Ortega, Director of Undergraduate Research and Creative works is available to help you connect with faculty mentors to help prepare as well as revise your applications.

GEL Grants

Allowable expenses

Although each item below will be considered for funding, a strong justification is required:

  1. Travel (personnel and students)
  2. One course re-assigned time will be considered with a convincing justification and IF the Dean and Department Chair support this in writing and sign the application to that effect.  Please consult both ahead of time before submitting applications.
  3. Specialized equipment. (Hard Drives will be allowed only if no other viable storage option is available, all files should be stored in accordance with UVU policy).
  4. Stipends for guest presenters, experts, etc.
  5. Student salary (must be hired through Human Resources in ALL situations).
  6. Gift cards (must provide procedure of distribution and oversight).

Non-allowable expenses:

  1. Computers
  2. Commonly available equipment and supplies.
  3. Personnel salary.
  4. Study Abroad.
  5. Travel for non-UVU students.

Singular

Funding projects up to $10,000 that are one-time, but have a high potential impact. These are once in a life time funded projects. They also should be aiming at engaged learning. BEFORE YOU CLICK THE "APPLY NOW" link, please download a blank pdf Application and budget spreadsheet to familiarize yourself with the required information. Clicking the "Apply Now" button officially starts your application, and if blank will be deleted.

You are required to use the approved budget spreadsheet and attach it to your application to be considered for funding.


Application Deadlines:
5:00 pm, Friday, October 2, 2020

**ADDITIONAL ROUND ADDED: 5:00 pm, Friday, November 6, 2020**

5:00 pm, Friday, January 8, 2021
5:00 pm, Monday, May 17, 2021 (These awards will be funded July 1, 2021 and are for the 2021/20 academic year).


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Community Matching Projects

Projects (up to $5,000) with clearly defined and measurable deliverables for community partners, immersing students into real-world, applied experiences. Click here for more information.

Faculty Resource: Jon Westover, Academic Director of the Center for Social Impact, is the University liaison for Community Matching Grants. For any content-related inquiries, contact him directly at Jonathan.Westover@uvu.edu.

A portion of the Community Matching Grant funding also supports ongoing community-based research projects associated with the UVU SIMLab:
https://www.uvu.edu/socialimpact/simlab.php
and the new Social Innovation Incubators:
https://www.uvu.edu/socialimpact/


BEFORE YOU CLICK THE "APPLY NOW" link, please download a blank pdf  Application and budget spreadsheet to familiarize yourself with the required information. Clicking the "Apply Now" button officially starts your application, and if blank will be deleted.  You are required to use the approved budget spreadsheet and attach it to your application to be considered for funding.

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Quick

Grants that are distributed on a rolling basis and can be requested all year beginning September 8th through May 30th, based on availability of funds. The maximum award is $3,500.  

Faculty Resource: 
Bart Poulson, Associate Professor Behavioral Science, is the independent faculty reviewer for this grant. For any content-related questions, email him directly at barton.poulson@uvu.edu


BEFORE YOU CLICK THE "APPLY HERE" link, please download a blank pdf Application and budget spreadsheet to familiarize yourself with the required information. Clicking the "Apply Here" button officially starts your application, and if blank will be deleted.

You are required to use the approved budget spreadsheet and attach it to your application to be considered for funding.

Applications are reviewed as they are submitted.


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How to Apply

After reviewing the proposal component and rubric to determine if your project fits within the GEL mission, the project leader (a UVU faculty or staff member) will complete the online application. Each application requires a developed budget proposal form to be attached.  You may choose to work with your Dean's financial manager as you create your budget.

Budget proposal form.

After the GEL Advisory Board has reviewed all applications, the project leader, financial manager, and department chair will be notified of approval status through email.

Steps to Apply

  1. Principal Investigator consults with Chair and Dean about project feasibility and support.
  2. PI may choose to consult with a member of the GEL committee, UR Director or Coordinator if applicable.
  3. Complete online application via DocuSign and attach your budget proposal form
  4. OEL office reviews Quick Applications for approval.
  5. GEL Committee reviews and approves proposals.
  6. Principal Investigators notified via DocuSign requiring signature.

Application Instructions

  1. Click the buttons above to apply for GEL Grants. You will be transferred to DocuSign, where you will create your application. (currently underconstruction)
  2. BEFORE YOU CLICK THE "APPLY HERE" link, please download a blank pdf Application to familiarize yourself with the required information. Clicking the "Apply Here" button officially starts your application, and if blank will be deleted.
  3. Please download a blank pdf of the Application and Budget spreadsheet.

 

Proposal

What types of items should be included in a proposal?

GEL proposals will be reviewed on three broad themes:

  1. How does the project enhance UVU student learning?
  2. What is the educational experience in the community - how does it benefit the targeted community?
  3. How does the project strengthen programming beyond the students involved?

In addition, proposals will be judged on budget, overall proposal strength, and quality of writing.