Community Engagement Grant

The purpose of the UServeUtah Community Engagement Grant is to increase Utahns’ awareness of and participation in community and/or civic engagement initiatives.

Community and/or civic engagement are recognized as working to make a difference in one’s community and developing the combination of skills, values, and motivation to make that difference.  It means promoting the quality of life in one’s community and involves people, governments, and communities working collaboratively to create – and realize – sustainable visions for their community’s future.  It can involve both political and nonpolitical processes and engagement.

Funded Programs for 2021-2022 Project Period

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BETTER UTAH INSTITUTE

Grant Amount: $10,000
Civic Engagement 101 Toolkit Expansion

Better Utah Institute will plan, develop, and release two additional modules for the Civic Engagement Toolkit to educate Utahns on issues of public concern and increase civic engagement. Additional civic learning and skill-building in the new modules will focus on participating in public meetings, rallies and protests, submitting public comments, signing petitions, engaging with nonprofit organizations, legislative advocacy, the basics of the Utah Legislature and the process of lawmaking, how to communicate with lawmakers, how to lobby as a citizen, how to follow and participate in committee hearings, how to follow bills during floor sessions, how to track bills, how to influence the legislative process, and how to use the legislative website.



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BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF UTAH

Grant Amount: $5,000
"A Few Good Men"
Through this initiative, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Utah will recruit male volunteer mentors to serve as Big Brothers in their Community-Based mentoring program. The summer male mentor recruitment campaign will recruit 100 male mentors in 100 days.to mentor 25-30 boys who need mentoring most - low-income youth, children with incarcerated or military parents, immigrant or refugee youth, and other kids facing barriers to success. The youth served are at-risk for criminal behavior and drug use, and are more likely to struggle in the classroom. They are in need of the support and friendship of a mentor which this outreach will provide.



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BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER Salt Lake

Grant Amount: $11,000
Civically Engaged Teens
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salt Lake will implement an education program designed to increase traditionally underrepresented teen awareness and participation in civic engagement.This project will enable 70 at-risk youth to become passionate about political issues in their community and prepare them to be civically engaged adults that understand how to organize and mobilize a group to achieve a collective goal on a local level.



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EMERY HIGH SCHOOL HONOR SOCIETY

Grant Amount: $2,900
Students Visits Seniors Initiative
Students Visits Seniors Initiative will reach beyond the walls of Emery High School connecting students with seniors in two different care facilities and with early childhood students in two elementary schools. This initiative furthers the mission of Emery High School Honor Society by “helping students develop skill sets to propel them into after high school fields of learning and be better community members overall.” The grant funds will be used to help with transportation, the purchase of literature and other materials to make this program successful. This initiative was postponed due to covid-19. Grant originally awarded in 2020.



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HARTLAND COMMUNITY 4 YOUTH AND FAMILIES

Grant Amount: $15,000
Civics & Science
The civics & science initiative is a 3-pronged training program designed to build the civic capacity for first-generation immigrant and refugee students as citizen scientists and stewards of local ecosystems. The three programs include the Jordan River Stewardship, Bio Blitz, and Science in the Parks.



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LATINOS UNITED PROMOTING EDUCATION AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT (LUPEC)

Grant Amount: $15,000
Cafés Comunitario de Ogden

Cafés Comunitario de Ogden (translated as Ogden Community Cafes) will increase awareness and civic engagement for Utah’s Hispanic population through a year-long series of micro events and conversations in parks and other community locations of Ogden. The project serves as both a pilot and planning project for phase one of a multi-year strategic plan to increase civic engagement for Weber County Hispanic residents.



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NATIONAL HISTORY DAY UTAH (NHD UTAH)

Grant Amount: $10,000
National History Day Competitions

NHD Utah includes a competition for grades 4-12 on historical topics that matter to each individual student.Topics include civil rights, slavery, social justice, politics, war, science/technology culture, global history. NHD Utah builds vital foundations for informed civic engagement in approximately 1,200 young people throughout the state.



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Salt Lake City School District Social Studies Department

Grant Amount: $20,000
Generation Citizen - Civics in Action Initiative 

This initiative will engage students in selecting a community issue, conducting research to identify its root cause, and making a strategic plan to address it. The culmination of students' action civics projects will be presented during Civics Day, where students will share their work with community stakeholders and public officials. Civics Day will not only provide students with a chance to share their work with the community, but will also give them opportunities to find ways to continue their civic engagement beyond their class project. Further, this initiative will allow students to see the impact of their work and the change they affect in their communities. This initiative was postponed due to covid-19. Grant originally awarded in 2020.



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THE INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE, INC.

Grant Amount: $15,000
Client Influence Strategy

International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City (IRC SLC) seeks to increase the voice and agency of refugee and new American community members by expanding meaningful opportunities for clients to influence decisions that affect their lives, including public policy, community-based programs and IRC SLC services.
The client influence strategy consists of three outcome areas - #1 Behavior #2 Knowledge #3 Skills. These outcome areas will increase through a new American advisory council (NAAC), a client survey, and targeted outreach. Participants in the client influence initiatives, including the NAAC and research initiatives, will build confidence and skills for community engagement and advocacy through experience participating in formal forums and the public decision-making process.



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UNITED WAY OF NORTHERN UTAH

Grant Amount: $15,000
Project Blueprint
Project Blueprint is an 8-week leadership and board engagement training for diverse populations designed to increase involvement of underrepresented groups on local nonprofit and public sector boards, committees and leadership roles. Each session is designed and presented by industry experts to provide participants with a deep understanding of opportunities and challenges in the Northern Utah community, along with the tools needed to shape and govern a successful nonprofit organization.



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UNIVERSITY OF UTAH: U-FIT

Grant Amount: $15,000
U-Fit
U-Fit is a service-learning program at the University of Utah that has been in existence for over 20 years. Instruction in non-competitive physical activities are provided to youth with disabilities by University of Utah student volunteers.The program enhances self-efficacy, diversity awareness, leadership skills, and improved attitudes toward those with disabilities. U-Fit will research social issues pertaining to individuals with disabilities. This will enhance the civic learning of volunteers and increase their awareness of the importance of community-based research with and for volunteers and those from the disability community. This initiative will impact 80 youth with disabilities, 100 volunteers, and will solicit the perspective of 20 adults with disabilities from the community whose voices will be heard and amplified.



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UTAH LAW RELATED EDUCATION

Grant Amount: $15,000
We the People Program
The “We the People Program” promotes civic competence and responsibility among elementary and secondary students. The foundation of the program is classroom curriculum for elementary and secondary students to increase their understanding of American constitutional democracy. It provides students with the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and motivation necessary to be informed, effective, and responsible citizens. Civility and respect for the opinions of others are emphasized. The cooperative-learning techniques help develop the participatory skills necessary for students to become active, responsible citizens.



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Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs

Grant Amount: $25,000
The Utah Multicultural Youth Leadership Program
The Utah Multicultural Youth Leadership Program will strengthen and enhance the lives of Utah’s multicultural youth by bringing together students, educators, parents, community leaders, state government, and other prominent organizations to help shape the leaders of tomorrow in three different events: Leadership Summit, Leadership Day and, for the first time in rural Utah, Leadership Empowerment And Development (LEAD). This program creates a safe place for students from throughout Utah to meet one another, hear inspiring and motivational speeches from leaders that look like them, engage in breakout sessions, and access resources that address their educational needs. This initiative was postponed due to covid-19. Grant originally awarded in 2020. 



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UTAH STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION

Grant Amount: $10,000
Utah Civic Learning Collaborative

UCLC is a civic learning and listening tour visiting classrooms around Utah to identify innovative teaching practices and gather feedback from teachers and students to develop resources that will aid in service learning and experiential civic projects.The UCLC is dedicated to supporting systemic change in civics education to impact as many as 650,000 K-12 students.



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UTAH VALLEY UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

Grant Amount: $9,000
Youth Civic Engagement Training
Civic engagement training for youth through the UVU Center for Social Impact includes ethnic studies, six pathways of social impact, and equity-centered design methods.The first phase of the program builds awareness of civic issues that have historically marginalized specific communities in Utah. In the second phase, or spring semester, students will be able to tap into their growing awareness and enact theory into practice by being placed in six different teams that represent the six pathways. They will implement equity-centered design to prototype potential interventions for specific social problems they have identified. At the end of the second phase, students will showcase their designs and interventions to their familial, school, university, and city/state stakeholders.




UServeUtah has administered the Community Engagement Grant funding since 2019. Learn more about previously funded projects here:
Community Engagement Grant 2020-2021
Community Engagement Grant 2019-2020

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: 

  • Nonprofit organizations;
  • Institutions of higher education; 
  • State Agencies;
  • Government entities within the state including cities, counties, and municipalities; 
  • Community or faith-based organizations; 
  • Partnerships of any of the above entities

GRANT TIMELINE

Wednesday, April 7, 2021: Application released
 
Tuesday, April 20, 2021: 11:00am optional Grant Application Info Session (watch it here)
 
Monday, May 3, 2021: Applications due by 8:00 am MT
 
Monday, May 31, 2021: Applicants notified
 
July 1, 2021 - June 15, 2022: Project period

GRANT AMOUNT: 
The award amounts will be between $5,000 and $25,000. UServeUtah reserves the right to award less than the requested amount based on available funding and submitted applications.


ASSESSMENT CRITERIA: 

  • Impact (50 points): The proposed project will increase Utahns' awareness of and participation in community and/or civic engagement during the proposed project as well as for the long term within one of the Community Engagement Pathways. The proposed project should cause a change in attitude, behavior, condition, or skill for those engaged through grant funds. The applicant demonstrates that data can be collected to measure this outcome. 
  • Need (20 points) The proposed project addresses a compelling need.  The project proposed has the potential to meet this need as well as meet the impact as described above. 
  • Feasibility (20 points): The applicant demonstrates the ability to implement the community engagement grant successfully through partnerships, personnel, timeline, and budget presented.  
  • Innovation (10 points): The applicant demonstrates a fresh or refreshed approach to the work of increasing community engagement in Utah. All parts of the application will be used to assess this criterion. Project and geographic diversification will also be considered in this category.


CONTACT:

Please contact Mike Moon (mikemoon@utah.gov) with any questions.

 

Applications for funding are now closed. Applicants will be notified on May 31, 2021.

Thank you for your interest in the Community Engagement Grant. We anticipate receiving funding for a 2022 round. Information will be released in early April, 2022. Please check back then or sign up for our newsletter to receive updates.