The Valley Alliance for Education Creative Classroom Grants program has been established to promote educational excellence and creative instruction in the region by funding special student-centered projects. These projects encourage innovation in the classroom and increase cooperation between the public school systems and the private sector in the community.
All teachers and staff who have direct instructional responsibility for students (including librarians and guidance counselors) in grades K-12 in the public schools in the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro and the County of Augusta are eligible to apply. Teachers’ aides, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and administrators are NOT eligible to be grant applicants. Projects must be designed, written and implemented by the designated classroom teacher or other professional instructional individual.
A “blind” grant review process is used.
ANY identifying information in the body text of the application will result in disqualification. This includes identifying the school, a teacher, division, mascot or other reference to a specific school.
Grants of up to $1,500 are available for special teaching/enrichment projects designed for:
• Implementation in an individual classroom or with a special student group.
• Implementation in multiple classrooms as a departmental, interdepartmental, or school-wide project.
• Individual, departmental, or school-wide projects with a particular emphasis on the understanding and use of computer hardware, software, or other technology resources.
• Important: Due to the number of excellent grant requests submitted in the previous year, each individual will only be allowed to submit two (2) grants for funding consideration.
Please note: In the case that a grant is awarded and prior to or during implementation the applicant leaves the school named in this application, he or she agrees to notify VAE immediately. VAE will decide how to proceed on a case-by-case basis and retains the right to retract all or part of the grant.