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 programs benefitting 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 - Application deadline is June 1, 2015.

Grant Guidelines

Congratulations 2014 Community & School Grant Recipients!

Four recipients were selected to receive grants in 2014 for their activities fostering and promoting scholastic success for farmworkers and their families.   In total $13,700 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.

2014 Grant Recipients:

First United Methodist Church of Wenatchee Latino Ministry Program received $2700 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.

Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church English as a Second Language Program in Yakima received $3000 for the purchase of curriculum and support materials.

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

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.