Teacher Innovation

Where it all began in 1983.

Teacher Innovation Grants - Applications Now Open

Every year the Napa Valley Education Foundation awards grants to caring, dedicated educators who develop creative and inventive learning experiences that motivate students and provide real-world learning opportunities. On average teachers spend more than $450 per year out of their own pocket ensuring that students have what they need to be successful. These grants allow teachers to be creative and bring their brightest visions to reality without having to sacrifice their own hard-earned dollars.

NVEF’s Teacher Innovation grants will be awarded to individual teachers with up to $600 limit per teacher, and each teacher is limited to one request per year. For a larger project request, teams of teachers are encouraged to submit a collaborative proposal with a grant limit of $600 per teacher with a maximum of $2,400 per project. Teachers awarded a grant in the 2022-23 cycle are eligible and welcome to apply for another grant this year.

A description of your project in your application must include: a creative interdisciplinary unit showcasing real-life learning that is enriching, innovative, and unique. The unit must be aligned with core curriculum. NVEF’s Teacher Innovation Grants will be open until November 5, and winners will be selected in November. The funds must be spent within the 2023-24 school year. If you are awarded funds, you will be required to submit a brief report on the outcome and expenditures of the project including photos and/or videos.

Questions? Please direct all inquiries and requests for application modifications to grants@nvef.org

Making a difference every day

teachers supported
students supported
schools supported


Art history
California history
Field trips
Garden-to-classroom programs
Life skills
School creek restoration
STEM projects
Theater and music

School GardenS

NVEF has awarded more than $20,000 to support “garden-to-classroom” trainings, materials and basic farming equipment shared by teachers. In 2021, this support expanded county-wide.

District-Wide Physical Education

NVEF has provided more than $100,000 to support training and equipment for rotating elementary PE teachers.
Since 1983, The Napa Valley Education Foundation has provided more than $1.2 million directly to NVUSD classrooms, supporting teacher innovation and student achievement. In 2016, the Foundation embarked on a new fundraising campaign to help funnel even more funds back into the Foundation’s grant program (and directly back to schools, too).