The Grants for Engaged Learning (GEL) program supports a wide range of engaged learning projects including, but not limited to, 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.

The purpose of the GEL program is to support projects that enrich the academic or UVU community in a broad and enduring way.  The purpose of the GEL Grant program is to provide these projects start up funding to  gain the necessary data to prove the viability for seeking other sources of long term financial support. 

**GEL funding is not intended to be ongoing support beyond the start up phase of a project. **

**Applicants are limited to one GEL 2 year or 1 year Grant, in an academic year and cannot have more than one running consecutively.**

**GEL 2 Yr and 1 Yr grants require a year between awards.**

GEL Grants are only open to UVU Faculty and Full-time Staff, Adjuncts may act as a Co-PI, (Not eligible are: Lecturers, Visiting Professors, Professionals in Residence, Part-time Staff, Students, Community member partners, or Members from other Universities)

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.

Program Director of EL/Undergraduate Research and Creative works is available to answer questions, help prepare as well as revise your applications.

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GEL Grants

For Allowable and Non-Allowable expenses please see the FAQ page.

One Year (previously the Singular GEL)

Funding projects up to $10,000 for one academic year, 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.

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, Wednesday, October 5, 2022
5:00 pm, Tuesday, December 6, 2022
5:00 pm, Monday, January 23, 2023

5:00 pm, Monday, May 16, 2023 (These awards will be funded July 1, 2023 and are for the 2023/24 academic year).


Note: All signatures must be completed by the deadline for the application to be submitted on time. Please plan accordingly by submitting the application for signature at least 1-2 weeks prior to the deadline and notifying the signee's of the pending application needing their signature. All signatures are dependent on the one prior and can only be completed in succession.


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: 

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.

Application Instructions: 

  1. All applications will be submitted via the ZEngine platform.
  2. You will want to download a blankbudget request form to develop your proposal.  
  3. You are required to meet with your Deans Financial Manager to review your completed budget request form for approval, prior to submitting your application.  Financial managers will not sign your application if you do not complete this step.
  4. Have the following names and email addresses to begin your application:  Department Chair and the college you are in.  Selecting your college, ie: College of Science, School of the Arts, etc. will auto populate your Dean and Financial Managers information for signatures.
  5. Select the link above to begin your application.  It is your responsibility to make sure your application is complete and obtains all required signatures.  You can access it at anytime in your ZEngine account.  Incomplete or unsigned applications will not be considered for award.  


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.