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 was March 15, 2014.

Grant Guidelines

Congratulations 2013 Community & School Grant Recipients!

Ten recipients were selected this year to receive grants for their activities fostering and promoting scholastic success for farmworkers and their families.   In total $24,222 was awarded in community & school grants to program providers through the WAEF Farmworker/Ag Worker Education program this year.

The WAEF selection committee made award decisions focusing on the four key priorities of the grant program: 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; and to improve cross-cultural communications through English language literacy.

2013 Grant Recipients:

Early Education
Orondo School District's Ready for Kindergarten program received $2150 to support involvement for families in their district with pre-K children.
Catholic Family & Child Services Child Care Resource & Referral received $2000 for its Madison House (Yakima) Kaleidoscope Play and Learn program needs.
Children's Reading Foundation received $2000 for a pilot summer Ready for Kindergarten program to be conducted in a housing development near Pasco.

At-Risk Youth
Columbia Elementary School received $2500 to support its accelerated reading program.
Madison House, a program of the Yakima Union Gospel Mission, was granted $3500 to underwrite needs of its student tutoring curriculum.

Adult ESL
Lake Chelan School District was selected to receive $2672 for its parent empowerment program serving parents in Chelan and Manson school districts.
Friends of Buena Library was granted $2900 for adult ESL classes.
La Casa Hogar (Yakima) received $2000 for educational programs and administrative support.
Ready by Five received $1500 to purchase headphones for adult learning.
Chelan Douglas Community Action Council (Wenatchee) was selected to receive $3000 to support the Literacy Council of Chelan & Douglas Counites.


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, Washington Fruit and Produce Company and Wells Fargo for your contributions that make these awards possible.