Tree Fruit Industry Funds Opportunities for ESL and Citizenship Preparation

ESL and Citizenship Preparation Grant Funding Available from Tree Fruit Industry

Grant funding is available for organizations assisting farmworkers/ag workers employed in the tree fruit industry and their families attain scholastic success through access to English As A Second Language (ESL) and citizenship preparation. 

WAEF grants are for community groups, religious institutions, and public and private schools providing English As A Second Language (ESL) and citizenship preparation operating in the primary counties in Washington where tree fruit are grown.

The application is now available on the WAEF website under the grants tab, www.waef.org.grants.  

You can also find Grant Guidelines on the website (or through the link) to help you determine if an organization should apply. Completed applications must be returned to the Washington Apple Education Foundation no later than June 1, 2019.

Grants typically range in size from $2-5,000.

In 2018, a total of $44,000 was awarded. Organizations receiving grant support in 2018 included:

  • Chelan-Douglas Literacy Council (Wenatchee),

  • Friends of the Ellensburg Public Library,

  • La Casa Hogar (Yakima),

  • Wenatchee First United Methodist Church,

  • Hand in Hand Immigration (Wenatchee),

  • Nuestra Casa (Sunnyside),

  • Living Stone Church (Chelan),

  • Bethel Church (Prosser) and

  • Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic (Toppenish).

Information about the 2018 grant recipients is available on the foundation's website under the "Grants" heading, www.waef.org/grants.

In addition to funding, organizations are invited to participate with others providing similar offerings in semi-annual forums to learn and exchange ideas. The fall forum will occur in late August/early September and is generally held in or near Ellensburg. To get more information on the forum, please contact the WAEF office.

Thank you! Funding for the grants are from industry partners including Chelan Fresh, Costco, Jim Matson Memorial Fund and Oneonta Trading Corporation.