Visalia Education Foundation

                                  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.

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Teacher Grants

The 2023-24 school year round of grants is closed for this year. Please check back in August of 2024 for our next round of 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 the Annual Band Showcase to share our talented VUSD band, dance and cheer 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.

                                   Mini Grants

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