Community & School Grants

The grant application is now closed, please check back for information regarding 2018 grant recipients soon!

WAEF Farmworker Education Program

The Washington Apple Education Foundation Farmworker Adult Education Grant Program provides funding to school and community organizations providing adult education for families employed in the tree fruit industry.

Key priorities of this program are:

  • to boost economic self-sufficiency of families employed in the tree fruit industry
  • to improve cross-cultural communications through English language literacy
  • to increase employment advancement opportunities for current ag-workers
  • to promote citizenship through access to preparatory classes
  • to improve literacy and scholastic achievement of pre- and school-aged children through parent modeling

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.

Adult ESL Provider Forum

Starting in the fall of 2015, WAEF began hosting two ESL forums annually.  Attendance at the forums is required for WAEF grant recipients and all others providing ESL in central Washington are invited and encouraged to attend.  To receive notice of upcoming events, please contact the foundation office at or (509) 663-7713 and request to be placed on the ESL provider email list.

We have scheduled the spring ESL Forum for Friday, March 23rd at Central Washington University.  This is during the school’s spring break so parking should be plentiful.

Based on survey feedback (thank you to each of you that took time to provide your input!), our learning times will focus on attracting ESL participants, understanding assessment student methods and establishing program assessment benchmarks.  For this session, please bring:

  • your marketing materials for show & tell and be ready to share about the efforts you’ve undertaken, successful and not, to communicate in the community about your program offerings,
  • information about the assessment methods you use for students and encourage them to use to measure their own growth,
  • the items you measure to determine if you are meeting program goals and realizing a favorable return on investment.

We are scheduled from 10am-2pm. 

Please send RSVPs by March 15th to

Congratulations 2017 Community & School Grant Recipients!

This year WAEF awarded $32,100 to organizations in our communities to support English As A Second Language (ESL), basic education and citizenship preparation courses. In all instances, dollars were granted to organizations that focused on the farmworker community in their program outreach.

2017 Grant Recipients:

Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council received $5,000 for the expenses necessary for operation of literacy council outreach and ESL program fulfillment. 

Friends of Buena Library in Zillah received $4,200 for the costs associated with their adult ESL Program classes. 

First United Methodist Church of Wenatchee Latino Ministry Program received $4,000 for their ESL Program.

Friends of Ellensburg Public Library in Ellensburg received $4,900 for their 8 week ESL and Conversation Club Program.

Hand in Hand, Missio Dei in Wenatchee received $5,000 for their Civic Education Program and expenses.

La Casa Hogar in Yakima received $5,000 for their Citizenship and Legal Services program instructor fees.

Walla Walla Community College received $4,000 for the cost of their Citizenship Preparation night school.

WAEF partners with others in the community to provide funding for the Farmworker/Ag Worker Education Program. Thank you to corporate donors Costco Wholesale, Chelan Fresh, and the Jim Matson Memorial Fund, for your contributions that make these awards possible.