Children raising their fingers in the classroom.      A thank you cards from a child.  

Purpose of the Program:

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 Preschool – 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 applicants.  Projects must be designed, written and implemented by the designated classroom teacher or other professional instructional individual.

Congratulations to the 2022-23 Creative Classroom Grant Winners!  Thank you, to everyone who submitted a completed application,

A complete list of 2022-23creative classroom grant winners is listed under the Grant -Recipient tab on this page.

                       Do you have a creative idea for a classroom project?  Just need a way to fund it??   Start considering and researching your ideas now! 

                       Apply online for a grant, application will open up for the next grant cycle December 2024.

                       Eligible teacher’s Pre-K – 12 are encouraged to apply for a Creative Classroom Grant. 


The 2023-24 Creative Classroom Grant application IS NOW CLOSED.

All applications will be reviewed in a blind process, the reader will have no information pertaining to the writer, district or school. Applications will be graded solely on content, creativity and merit. 

Applicants will be notified of their status mid-May 2023    

Best of Luck — we look forward to seeing your creative classroom visions!                                                                                                                                        


Are you a 1st time applicant? Click below on the previous Grant Workshops links to hear grant writing tips and suggestions from previous  CCG winners and grant evaluators 

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  (2) grants for funding consideration each year.

Click Here For 2015 Grant Workshop.

Click Here For 2017 Grant Workshop.

Click Here For 2021 Grant Workshop

Click Here For GRANT APPLICATION.             

Click Here For VAE CCG 2021-2022 Rubric.

Click Here For CCG Information And Instructions.

All 2022-23 CCG winners are reminded to submit their project evaluation and financial report by May 10th, 2023.   

Reports may be submitted electronically to VAE at or sent to VAE, P.O. Box 515, Fishersville, VA  22939.  All grant recipients are responsible for submitting a written evaluation of the project and final budget account, including receipts for expenses by May 10, 2023, or upon conclusion of the project if earlier.  Please see the evaluation form below.  Any allocated grant funds in excess of $25 which have not been spent and documented by May 10, 2023, must be returned to VAE with the final evaluation and budget report.


Grant recipients are expected to give recognition to VAE in any publication, in any materials related to the project, and in any publicity or media coverage of the project.  Recipients are expected to share the results of their projects with others in educational settings and/or in VAE sponsored events. Photos and thank you notes from students are appreciated throughout the year.  They are used in our acknowledgement and thank you letters sent to donors who make the CCG program possible.  (The preferred format for photos is via email.) Please have students sign first name only with no dates.  Thank you, notes/cards can be sent to VAE – P.O. Box 515, Fishersville, VA  22939.