Applications Open September 1st With Priority Consideration Given to applications received on or before October 8, 2024

Available Funding Opportunities for Faculty

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GEL 2 YR Grant

Provides Proof of Concept funds for Engaged Learning Projects 

Up to Three (3)- 2 Year GEL Grants will be awarded in the Summer each year. This is to allow the awardee's the maximum amount of time to utilize awarded funding. Two year grant applications will only be accepted beginning in April each year.

Grants are funded for two years, $15,000 per year and require a mid-term report prior to second year funding with a final report at the end of the two years, see FAQ page for applicable forms. (Please note that unused funds do not roll over to the next year. Any unused funds at the end of the academic year will be swept by the budget office and budgets will reset for year two with unused second year funds being swept at the end of the second academic year.) The purpose of these grants is to prepare the background and data collection for external funding after the two years. 

Grants are not meant to be a long term funding solution. At the start of each grant, each awardee should initiate the search for long term funding to support the project on an ongoing basis after the completion of the award.

Application Timing

Applications may be submitted beginning April 1, 2024 with notifications in May 2024. (These awards will be funded July 1, 2024 and are for the 2024/25 academic year).

 

Apply for GEL 2 Year Grant

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

**Awardee's are limited to one GEL 2 year in an academic year and cannot have more than one running at the same time.**

**Awardee's receiving a GEL 2 year grant are required to have a year waiting period between awards, starting at the completion of the award year.**

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GEL 1 Year

One time projects with high potential impact.

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 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)

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.)

One Year GEL Grants Fund 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.

Grants are not meant to be a long term funding solution. At the start of each grant, each awardee should initiate the search for long term funding to support the project on an ongoing basis after the completion of the award.

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

Application Timing:

Applications open September 1, 2023 with priority consideration given to those received on or before October 8, 2024 and awarded based on availability of funds. 

Applications received after May 1, 2024 will be considered for award for the following academic year with awards funded July 1, 2024 and are for the 2024/25 academic year.

 

APPLY FOR GEL 1 YEAR GRANT

**GEL funding is not intended to be ongoing support of a project, or the sole source of repeated yearly activities. **

**Awardee's are limited to one GEL 1 year in an academic year and cannot have more than one running at the same time.**

**Awardee's receiving a GEL 1 year grant are required to have a year waiting period between awards, starting at the completion of the award year.**

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GEL Quick

One time funding providing a quick solution in a funding gap.

Quick Grants are distributed on a rolling basis and can be requested all year beginning September 1st, through May 30th, based on availability of funds. The maximum award is $3,500.

Projects should have a student engagement component as well as adhereing to the allowable expenses for GEL Grants guidelines. 

Quick grants are not meant to fund activities that are repeated on an ongoing basis, but rather a quick solution to a one time funding gap. Permanent funding solutions should be identified, to support proven activities, beyond the grant period.

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.

 

APPLY FOR GEL QUICK GRANT

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Juntos Grant

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Projects focused on specific areas of study

The Juntos (spanish for "together") Grant is a new multifaceted grant aimed at supporting projects that address important societal issues by focusing on one of seven specific areas of study.

  • Civil Discourse - Projects aim to foster constructive and respectful conversations on critical issues affecting society. 
  • Equity - Projects seek to address the equity faced by all populations.
  • Refugee Affairs - Projects can focus on unique challenges and opportunities.
  • Health and Wellness Access - Projects focus on disparities, access and quality of.
  • Economic Justice - Projects may work to create a more equitable economic system through identifying needs and resolutions.
  • LGBTQIA+ - Projects will advocate for the rights and well-being of all.
  • Cultural Influences - Projects may focus on celebrating, preserving and educating 

By providing financial support to diverse projects in these areas, the grant seeks to foster positive change, empower marginalized communities and promote understanding, empathy, and respect among all individuals.

Grants may be requested for One year with a budget up to $10,000.00 or Two years with a budget up to $15,000 each year for two years. 

Application Timing:

Applications open September 1, 2023 with priority consideration given to those received on or before October 8, 2024 and awarded based on availability of funds. 

Applications received after May 1, 2024 will be considered for award for the following academic year with awards funded July 1, 2024 and are for the 2024/25 academic year.

Grants are not meant to be a long term funding solution. At the start of each grant, each awardee should initiate the search for long term funding to support the project on an ongoing basis after the completion of the award.

 

Apply for Juntos Grant

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FLSPE

Faculty Led Student Professional Experiences meant to encourage persistance and graduation

The Faculty Led SPE's are awarded to faculty seeking to provide exposure, ignite excitement and growth, and encourage deeper interest for students within their chosen discipline, providing students with a taste of what their chosen discipline offers for their future. These experiences may include discipline specific conference attendance and/or participation, performances, hands on learning or job shadowing, etc. Providing these opportunities leads to a deeper connection to persistence and completion and solid career paths.

  • Awards are a one time only award. By providing the opportunity to show the impact of these types of experiences with a one-time award, the hope is to have applicant's find permanent funding to imbed these in the curriculum. 
  • Applications are to support first and second year students, inspiring them to persist in their chosen career path.
  • Funding is based on location of experience. (see Rubric).
  • Matching funds are encouraged and, in most cases necessary, with some coming from the students themselves.
  • Applications show a detailed outline of experience hours and the proposed impact on students.
  • Applications will include a follow up assessment component. May include research proposals, IRB proposals, write-ups etc.
  • Follow up activities and providing dissemination opportunities will be included in all applications.

Budget Guidelines

  • Award monies may be requested up to $500 per student and used to supplement student registration costs consistent with university policy and federal and state law.
  • The award may not be used to buy computer equipment as this is the responsibility of individual departments.
  • Expenses will be processed through college or school financial managers.
  • Funds are not intended to supplement ongoing curriculum, yearly repeated projects or student research. These funds will not carry over to the next academic year. Any unused funds will be swept by the budget office.

 

Apply for FLSPE

How to Apply

  1. All applications will be submitted via the ZEngine platform.
  2. You will want to download a blank budget 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 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.

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Tips on Preparing Your 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.