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 enrich the academic or UVU community in a broad and enduring way.  The purpose of the GEL Grant programs is to provide those start up projects the 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 beynd the start up phase of a project. 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 Full-time Staff (Not eligilbe are: Lecturers, 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.

Faculty Resource

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.

Click here to download your Budget Proposal Form 

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. Course design and development.
  5. Study Abroad.
  6. Travel for non-UVU students.


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, Tuesday, October 5, 2021
5:00 pm, Friday, January 21, 2022

5:00 pm, Monday, May 16, 2022 (These awards will be funded July 1, 2022 and are for the 2022/23 academic year).



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

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.

Application Instructions: 

  1. All applications will be submitted via the ZEngine platform.
  2. You will want to download a blank application form and budget request form to develop your proposal.  BEFORE YOU CLICK THE "APPLY FOR" link, please download a blank pdf Application to familiarize yourself with the required information. 
  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: Faculty Mentor, 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.