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 Guidelines

2017 Grant Application (due June 1, 2017)

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.

The next forum will occur on Tuesday, March 21st at Central Washington University.   The topic of the spring forum is increasing confidence in new language learners.

Congratulations 2016 Community & School Grant Recipients!

This year WAEF awarded $16,500 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.

2016 Grant Recipients:

First United Methodist Church of Wenatchee Latino Ministry Program received $3500 for their adult ESL and citizenship classes.

Grace of Christ Presbyterian Church in Yakima received $2000 for expenses related to the purchase of teaching materials, promotion, and child care for their ESL program. 

Friends of Buena Library in Zillah received $3500 for the costs associated with their ESL Program classes. 

Chelan-Douglas Community Action Council received $5000 for the expenses necessary for operation of literacy council outreach and ESL program fulfillment. 

La Casa Hogar in Yakima received $3500 for their citizenship and naturalization program.

Hand in Hand, Missio Dei in Wenatchee received $2000 for their ESL program and expenses associated with expanding outreach.

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, and Oneonta Trading Corporation, for your contributions that make these awards possible.