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Washington Apple Education Foundation Farmworker Education Program Community & School Grant Guidelines

2013 Grant Guidelines

The Washington Apple Education Foundation Farmworker Education Community & School Grant Program (WAEF Farmworker Education Program) exists to provide funding for organizations bolstering scholastic success of farmworkers, ag workers and their families. 

Key priorities of this program are:

• to reduce high school drop-out rates and improve higher level education achievement rates of at-risk students

• to  improve long-term learning outcomes through access to effective early education programs

• to increase economic self-sufficiency and further generational upward mobility

• to improve cross-cultural communications through English language literacy All activities of the WAEF Farmworker Education Program must benefit those employed in entry level or lower-level supervisory positions within Washington’s tree fruit industry.

General Guidelines

Washington state organizations providing services to farmworker families within the scope of the identified funding priorities and who operate within districts with a heavy tree fruit industry presence are eligible to apply.

Types of Support:

1. Program Support – Funding to school and community organizations to support programs achieving stated priorities

2. Asset Acquisition – Purchase of supplies, materials, capital needs, etc. to support efforts within the stated priorities

3. Operational Needs – Grants to effective community organizations with a proven track record of achievement within the stated priorities Generally, though not exclusively, preference will be given to applicants that succinctly connect grant funding with a program or purchase, in lieu of generating operational needs.

Grant Range Generally grants awarded through the WAEF Farmworker Education Community and School Grant Program range in size of $1000-$5000. 

Funding Priorities

Scholastic Engagement for At-Risk Youth

Drop-out rates for Hispanic youth in Washington are reportedly exceeding 50% of school-aged children.  Migrant lifestyles, lack of English language skills, lower family incomes, and entry into US school systems at an advanced school age may contribute to this statistic.  Priorities: • Programs that keep kids in school and break cycles of learning disengagement • Programs that prepare at-risk students for post-secondary education • Programs that target at-risk youth with activities to bolster self-esteem and broaden horizons • Programs that utilize learning models effective for English language learners and those impacted by migrant lifestyles

Early Childhood Education Intervention

Socio-economic factors at birth dramatically influence the likelihood of adult success.  Studies have shown a clear correlation between pre-K preparation, scholastic achievement and higher education attainment. Priorities: • Programs that cultivate life-long love of reading • Programs that develop avenues for parents to be involved in their children’s education with educational materials in the family’s primary language • Programs that break cycles by targeting children with multiple risk factors for future at-risk behaviors

Adult Education, Literacy and English Language Attainment

Education and English literacy promote economic self-sufficiency, employment stability and civic engagement.  The benefits of adult literacy ripple through multiple generations.  Children whose parents are able to be involved in their school activities and homework traditionally perform scholastically at higher levels.  Priorities: • Programs with delivery methods conscious of familial, cultural and employment needs • Programs that provide skills for non-English speaking resident to increase civic involvement • Programs that cultivate upward mobility through English language attainment • Programs that prepare for citizenship exams

English/Spanish Dual Language Learning –  Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

Learning a new language at any age is rewarding; children, though, are especially keen to explore new languages.   Test results for both English and Spanish language natives show impressive results from those engaged in dual language learning.  Cognitive skill development in all scholastic areas increases when a second language is introduced at a young age and cultural awareness is heightened. Priorities: • Furthering innovative dual language learning models • Procurement of school or take-home materials to augment learning • Engaging families of dual language learners

Funding Restrictions

Grants will not be awarded to the following:

• organizations outside of Washington’s primary tree fruit growing regions

• individuals, or to organizations on behalf of a specific individual(s)

• travel and related expenses for conferences or seminars

• programs primarily benefitting employee families of a sole employer

• technical programs, seminars or workshops fulfilling mandatory or government regulated training requirements

• multi-year commitments

Funding Partners

Grants are made available thanks to the support of WAEF donors, most specifically Chelan Fresh, Costco Wholesale, Jim Matson Memorial Fund, Oneonta Trading Corporation, U.S. Bancorp Foundation, Washington Fruit & Produce Company and Wells Fargo Foundation.