Teacher Innovation

Where it all began in 1983.

Teacher Innovation Grants

The 2020-21 Teacher Innovation Grant Award competition has closed. The application period closed on October 19th.  Awards will be announced in November.

Since 1983, more than $1.3 million awarded to K – 12th grade teachers for innovative learning experiences that motivate students and provide real-world learning.

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

The Napa School Garden Network, est. 2017

NVEF has awarded more than $20,000 to support “garden-to-classroom” trainings, materials and basic farming equipment shared by the 29 teachers leading this initiative.

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).