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Honeybee Conservancy: Sponsor-A-Hive Bee Partnerships

Deadline: October 31, 2017

The Sponsor-A-Hive program provides bees and equipment to help people safely set up, maintain, and observe such on-site bee sanctuaries at schools, community gardens, and green spaces across the United States. Bees are strategically placed in locations where they can bolster bee populations, advance science and environmental education and pollinate locally grown food. Sponsor-A-Hive bee homes will:

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

The program also provides the Sponsor-A-Hive Teacher’s Kit, which is full of lesson plans and worksheets to teach students more about their bee home. It is designed to build reading and science skills, raise environmental awareness, and empower students to help the bees.

Amount: The program provides honey bees, mason bees and/or leafcutter 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. Sixty partnerships are available.

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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