Grant Program

  • The Bee Cause Grant seeks to stimulate curiosity in young people about the natural world by giving them an intimate experience with one of the world’s greatest pollinators. The honeybee is an important part of American history, and ever since the first colonists brought them over from Europe, their population has steadily increased. So too, our dependence on the honeybee for pollinating our crops has increased.

    Today, our relationship with the honeybee is not sustainable. The number of honeybee colonies has decreased drastically in recent years. With awareness about the probable causes of the population decrease, The Bee Cause wants to curb the trend through education and through physically helping colonies of honeybees thrive. The Honeybee hive is the perfect vehicle to accomplish this.

    The Honeybee Hive Grant may be awarded to a nonprofit school or educational organization.WWF6

    If you’d like to download a copy of the grant application’s questions prior to starting your application, click here.

    Honey Bee Grant Program
 from The Bee Cause Project and Whole Kids Foundation

    *All information is collected online; this is a copy of the questions asked.

    The Honey Bee Grant Program seeks to stimulate curiosity in young people about the importance of honey bees in our lives and food system, the need to understand and embrace them, and the value of caring about their well-being.

    The Honey Bee Grant may be awarded to a nonprofit school or educational organization.

    Each applicant must choose one of three options:

    See the Which Grant is Best For You Guide for more information


    1. Monetary grant of $1,500 to support the success of a honey bee hive educational program.

    2. Observation hive, equipment grant valued at $1,500 includes:
      1. Custom made indoor observation hive from The Bee Cause Project
      2. $150 monetary grant to support incidentals for the first year

      3. Feeder apparatus

      4. Printed Installation Manual
      5. Support Materials and Videos

    3. Traditional hive, equipment grant valued at $1,500, includes:
      1. Outdoor top bar hive with Starter Kit from Bee Thinking
        1. Hat with veil

        2. Jacket

        3. Gloves

        4. Top bar hive tool

        5. Brush

        6. Stainless steel smoker
      2. $300 monetary grant to support incidentals for the first year
      3. Feeder apparatus

      4. Printed Installation Manual

      5. Support Materials and Videos

    All grants include:

    • Remote consultation and assistance with Beekeeper partnership from The Bee Cause Project
    • Printed Educational Curriculum & Materials
    • Indoor Plaque

    • Outside Signage

    Observation Hive and Traditional Hive Grant Applicants Only:

    Potential estimated cost for recipient: If selected, the grant recipient is responsible for the following costs associated with installing and maintaining their honey bee hive:

    1. $250 (Observation hive only)-estimation for the one-time installation fee of the hive base. Recipients are encouraged to use an on-site maintenance staff to reduce or eliminate this cost.
    2. $150 (Observation hive) or $300 (Traditional hive) per year for maintenance-this is an estimate of yearly fees and could include:
      1. Initial bees: recipients are encouraged to seek a beekeeper willing to donate a small colony of bees 

      2. Replacement bees or honey frames in the case of a colony collapse. 

      3. Honey 

      4. Educational materials 

      5. Other supplies or costs incurred

    Don’t know which grant is right for you? Please read the Which Grant is Best For You Guide. 
You can also visit The Bee Cause Project resources page for instructional videos.

    TIMELINE:


    Letter of Intent (LOI) opens: September 1, 2016


    LOI deadline: October 31, 2016 at 5pm CT (3pm PT, 4pm MT, 6pm ET)

    Application deadline: November 15, 2016 at 5pm CT (3pm PT, 4pm MT, 6pm ET)

    Notification of all applicants: December 9, 2016


    Hive and Grant Package delivery finished: end of January 2017


    ELIGIBILITY:

    1. Applicant must be a non-profit school or non-profit children’s programming organization that works with students in the grade range kindergarten through college level. 

    2. The honey bee hive must be used as an educational tool for students in some fashion. 

    3. The principal or executive director must be aware of and supportive of the honey bee 
hive. 

    4. A certified beekeeper must commit to support and maintain the honey bee hive as the 
“Bee Mentor”. 

    5. There must be an individual at the school or organization who is the designated “Bee 
Advocate”. 


    REQUIRED READING:

    Please read through all required documents before submitting your application. You can find these here: http://www.thebeecause.org/index.php/resources:

    1. Grant Overview Guide: includes all items that are required to apply to all three programs

    2. Top bar Guide: for Top Bar Hive recipients only
    3. 
Observation Guide: for Observation Hive recipients only
    4. Which Grant is Right For You guide: Please read to make sure you are applying to the correct program.
    5. 
Honey Bee Hive Agreement: The Honey Bee Agreement must be signed by your principal, school board, leadership team, or executive director before a honey bee hive can be shipped.

    APPLICATION PROCESS AND NOTIFICATION:

    The application is conducted online. Visit our applicant portal during the application process to access the application: https://www.gdg.do/prod1/portal/portal.jsp? c=1319602&p=6258602&g=6258622&d=6258622.

    Your application can be saved and completed in multiple sessions. Once it is submitted, the applicant will receive a confirmation email. At this point, the application can no longer be edited.

    All applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis as applications are received, but all will be notified no later than December 9, 2016. Hives and grant packages will be mailed by the end of January 2017.

    NEED HELP or HAVE QUESTIONS?

    Attend our webinars for more information about the application process and best practices on getting your honey bees approved. Register here for either session: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/35261265585808972

    • September 9th at 12pm CST
    • October 5th at 5pm CST

    For any questions regarding the Honey bee hive grant process or if you need support in the bee approval process, submit it to the Bee Forum (http://www.thebeecause.org/ index.php/forum/index) or email The Bee Cause Project directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    For any technical questions or issues regarding your online application, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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