Community & School Grants

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.

 Grant Application - Link to 2016 Grant Application due June 1, 2016.

Grant Guidelines

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.

Congratulations 2015 Community & School Grant Recipients!

Four recipients were selected to receive grants in 2015 for their activities fostering and promoting scholastic success for farmworkers and their families.   In total $16,000 was awarded to community and school programs through the WAEF Farmworker/Ag Worker Education program this year.

Grants were awarded to organizations providing educational programs to adult learners in geographic areas where the tree fruit industry has a heavy preference.  Recipient programs are impacting farmworker families through programs targeting learning in the following areas: English as a Second Language, Adult Basic Education/Life Skill Development/Parent Empowerment, and Citizenship Preparation.

2015 Grant Recipients:

First United Methodist Church of Wenatchee Latino Ministry Program received $2000 for their adult ESL and citizenship classes.

Heritage Multicultural Baptist Church Adult Learning Center in Quincy received $3000 for the purchase of supplies in their adult ESL, computer and citizenship preparation classes.

Living Stone Church in Chelan received $3000 for the purchase of classroom furniture, teaching supplies and support materials for their community ESL program.

Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council received $5000 for administration needs of the Literacy Council of Chelan & Douglas Counties.

Friends of Buena Library received $3000 for instruction and promotional expenses of their ESL program.

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, Jim Matson Memorial Fund, Oneonta Trading Corporation, U.S. Bancorp Foundation and Wells Fargo for your contributions that make these awards possible.