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.

2019 Grant Application - Due June 1, 2019

2019 Grant Guidelines

Thank you to WAEF donors for making the grants possible and especially to funding partners Chelan Fresh, Costco, Jim Matson Memorial Fund and Oneonta Trading Corporation.

Congratulations to the 2018 Farmworker Education Program Grant Recipients!

Bridging Cultures: Bethel Church from Prosser was awarded $4000 for the expansion of their program and offering additional classes, and the compensation of instructors.

Literacy Council of Chelan and Douglas Counties: Community Action Council from Wenatchee was awarded $5000 to towards their program facility rental costs.

Buena Library Adult ESL: Friends of Buena Library from Zillah was awarded $5000 for their ESL program.

English as a Second Language Classes and Conversation Club: Friends of Ellensburg Public Library in Ellensburg was awarded $4500 for program supplies, materials and instructor fees.

Citizenship Classes: Hand in Hand Immigration Services in Wenatchee was awarded $5000 for supplies and rental facility costs for their citizenship preparation program.

Citizenship Education and Legal Services: La Casa Hogar in Yakima was awarded $5000 towards a portion of the salary for the accredited citizenship program assistant.

ESL: Living Stone Church in Chelan was awarded $3000 for teaching materials and other supplies for their ESL program.

Citizenship Preparation Course: Nuestra Casa in Sunnyside was awarded $4000 for the needs of the citizenship preparation course including staffing, equipment and supplies.

English as a Second Language: Wenatchee First United Methodist Church in Wenatchee was awarded $4500 for instruction materials and childcare expenses.

English as a Second Language: Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Yakima was awarded $4000 for program overhead and supplies.

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.