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.

(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

Office of Sponsored Programs is available to help prepare as well as revise your applications.

GEL Grants

One-Time 10k

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.

DEADLINES: September 21, 2018  EXTENDED to OCTOBER 1, 2018; January 11, 2019; May 17, 2019

Community Partnership Matching

Up to $5,000 that must have a community partner financial match. (Please click here for more information regarding this grant or contact Jon Westover at

DEADLINES: September 21, 2018; January 11, 2019; May 17, 2019


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.

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. It is highly recommended that the project leader attend an applicant workshop.

Students or community organizations must collaborate with a faculty or staff member to serve as project leader. The project leader is accountable for the fiscal responsibility of the grant.

Before the application is submitted, each project participant must agree to and sign the terms and conditions. In addition, the Statement of Acknowledgement form needs to be completed by the project leader and signed by the dean, department chair and financial manager.

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. Project Leader (PL) consults with Chair and Dean about project feasibility and support.
  2. PL consults with GEL Advisory Board (optional).
  3. Complete online application. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to secure signatures in order to complete the application. Please plan ahead--securing signatures from your department chair, dean and financial manager may take several days.
  4. OEL office reviews:
    • Budget
    • Signatures
  5. GEL Advisory Board reviews and approves proposals.
  6. Project Leaders notified by email.
  7. Project Leader signs GEL orientation documentation (mandatory before funds disseminated).

Application Instructions

  1. Click the button below to apply for GEL Grants. You will be transferred to OrgSync, where you will create a membership log in.
  2. Click on "Signup" and complete membership.
  3. Logon to OrgSync with your username and password.
  4. In the upper right corner click on "My Membership" and add Office of Engaged Learning to your memberships.
  5. Click on "Forms."
  6. Select appropriate application to complete.

Apply for GEL


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.