Teacher Grants    

The Visalia Education Foundation (VEF) has awarded thousands of dollars to Visalia Unified teachers and staff for creative and innovative projects related to music and the arts and/or that support the standards based curriculum. The total amount of the grants varies each year depending on the number and quality of the applications and the funding available. 

The VEF is a non-profit public benefit corporation whose purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.  The VEF secures and distributes contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations for the benefit of students of the Visalia Unified School District. VEF also sponsors a Fall Band/Cheerleader review to showcase the talents of VUSD students, which raises money to help meet ongoing needs for musical instruments throughout the district. The VEF would especially like to extend a word of heartfelt appreciation to those administrators, staff and faculty of VUSD who have contributed through the VEF planned giving program.

The Grants are available to all teachers, staff, department heads and administrators to fund programs that benefit students if funding is not available through regular school sources, There a two types of grant programs.

 Major Grants

Major Grants cover a wide spectrum related to standards-based curriculum.  In dollar amounts over $500, Major Grants can be used to purchase such items as audio and visual equipment, graphic design workstations, technology software and hardware, and even irrigation equipment for a horticulture program.  Major Grant applications are due the 3rd Friday in October of each year.

Major Grants Online Application



Mini-Grants​ in amounts up to $500 are available through applications due the 3rd Friday in October, for creative, innovative educational projects.  Mini-Grant monies may be used to purchase materials, supplies, equipment, etc., necessary for the completion of the project. Projects must be completed by the end of the school year.  For example, a Mini-Grant could be used to purchase science equipment for a special science experiment, or to fund a parent study skills program designed to improve the quality of parental involvement in schools.

Mini-Grant Online Application​​

Visalia Education Foundation

  Major Grants Make a Difference

The following was received from one of our Major Grant recipients recently: 

" I just wanted to express how thankful we are to have had your support to give our students the experience of going to Fresno State and Yosemite last Saturday. The excitement and the smiles were contagious as we watched students experience mountains and waterfalls for the first time. We had several parents chaperone who had also never been to Yosemite, which was an added bonus. Attached are some photos of highlights from our trip that I hope you may be able to use to promote the VEF Grant Program in the future. Thank you so much for making this trip possible!"

Whitney McFarlane
Highland Elementary