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Honeybee Conservancy

Deadline: November 11, 2016

The Honeybee Conservancy inspires communities to plant bee habitat and act as stewards for bees; supports bee research in an effort to end bee population declines; advances science and environmental education; supports local food initiatives; and encourages communities to support their local beekeepers. Sponsor-a-Hive strategically places honey and solitary bees in community gardens, school gardens, and urban farms that provide locally grown food to schools, soup kitchens, senior citizen centers, and communities within food deserts.

The Sponsor-A-Hive program bestows material grants to help people safely set up, maintain, and observe on-site bee sanctuaries at schools, community gardens, and green spaces across the United States. Sponsor-A-Hive bee homes will:

  • Bolster bee populations
  • Advance education across multiple academic areas
  • Support local food initiatives
  • Inspire communities to act as stewards for bees and bee’s natural environment
  • Improve quality of life for people in the community

Amount: Grants are made in the form of honey or solitary bees, their homes, bee keeping equipment, and information on how to care for the bees. Applicants who are selected will receive all the supplies and educational materials necessary to start and maintain a successful demonstration bee hive or home.

Eligibility: Organizations located in the United States that are one of the following: grade, middle or high school; college or university; tribal education agency; environmental center; or a food bank or community garden that does not charge a membership fee. Organizations should have an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exemption letter or a NCES school ID number and have been in existence for at least one year.

Link: http://thehoneybeeconservancy.org/beekeeping-grants/

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