Mar 8, 2019
ESL, citizenship prep funds available from tree fruit industry

The Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) provides grants to organizations in central Washington that provide adult education assistance to families employed in the tree fruit industry.  Organizations, including community groups, religious institutions and public and private schools, assisting farmworkers/ag workers and their families attain scholastic success through access to English As A Second Language (ESL) and citizenship preparation are eligible to apply.

The grant application is now available at the Foundation’s web site, under the “Grants” heading.    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,

The Washington Apple Education Foundation is the charity of Washington’s tree fruit industry.  The Foundation was organized in 1994 to coordinate charitable activities reflecting tree fruit industry member values.  Its mission is to impact lives through access to educational opportunities. 

For more information, contact the foundation office at 509-663-7713 or visit

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