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Grants and In-Kind Donations to USA and Canada Nonprofits and Schools for Educational Beehive Programs

Traditional Bee Grant Program


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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
LOI Date: 10/15/23
Deadline: 10/31/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants and in-kind donations to USA and Canada nonprofit children's organizations and public and private K-12 schools for educational programs related to bees and beehives. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to applying. Funding is intended to provide students with opportunities to observe bees up close and learn about the vital role these pollinators play in the food system.
Traditional Bee Grant - New Applicants only 
The Traditional Bee Grant allows for K-12 schools or non-profit organizations that serve any grades K-12 to start a new or enhance an existing bee program hosting live bees on their campus.
Renewal Bee Grant - Previous Bee Grant Recipients only 
The Renewal Bee Grant allows for K-12 schools or non-profit organizations that have previously received a Bee Grant to receive support to grow their programs.
Note: Bees are NOT included with any grant option.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
K-12 Schools or Non-Profit Organizations that serve any grades K-12 in the U.S. or Canada

Traditional Bee Grant:
1. Applicant must be a public school, non-profit private school, or non-profit children’s programming organization that works with students in the grade range kindergarten thru 12th grade.
2. Applicant must have not received a Traditional Bee Grant before. If they have, please review the eligibility for a Renewal Bee Grant.
3. The grant award must be used to support bee education for students.
4. The principal or executive director must be aware and supportive of the bee program.
5. A knowledgeable beekeeper (or appropriate bee educator) must commit to help support and maintain the beehive as the “Bee Mentor.”
6. There must be an individual at the school or organization who is the designated “Bee Advocate.”

Renewal Bee Grant:
1. Applicants must have received a Whole Kids Foundation + The Bee Cause Project “Bee Grant” in the 2022 Bee Grant Cycle or earlier and have submitted their progress report. In other words, applicants are required to wait a year in between the last time they were awarded a Bee Grant and applying for the Renewal Bee Grant.
2. Applicants are only eligible to apply if they have been awarded less than 2 Renewal Bee Grants.
3. Funds and materials must be dedicated to support pollinator programming for students.
4. The principal or executive director must be aware of and supportive of the pollinator programs.
5. There must be an individual at the school or organization who is the designated “Bee Advocate.” This role serves as the point of contact for pollinator programming.

Pre-Proposal Conference
- Bee Grant Application Webinar #1 – Learn about the difference between the two grants, get direction for the online grant portal, and hear a variety of questions from attendees.

Wednesday, September 6th, 2023 @ 1PM PST/3PM CST/4PM EST Register:

- Bee Grant Application Webinar #2 – Live Q&A: A portion of the time will be spent going through some FAQs and then the rest of the time there will be questions answered from attendees.

Thursday, September 21st, 2023 @ 8AM PST/10AM CST/11 AM EST Register:

Pre-Application Information
- Traditional And Renewal Bee Grant Applications Open: September 1, 2023
- Traditional Bee Grant Application Closes:
Part 1 Deadline: October 15
Part 2 Deadline: October 31
- Renewal Bee Grant Application Closes: October 15, 2023
- Notification Of All Bee Grant Applications: December 7, 2023
- Delivery Of Bee Grant Packages: February 2024

Estimated Size of Grant
Traditional Bee Grant:
- A choice of a monetary or equipment grant intended to support schools in bringing live bees to their campus or grow their already existing educational hive program.
Grant Options:
Monetary Grant: $1,500 monetary grant
Equipment Grant: Indoor Observation Hive

Renewal Bee Grant:
- A $500 monetary grant intended to boost or support existing educational bee programs.
- One-on-one Program Consultation with The Bee Cause Project for program development, technical support, and beekeeper guidance (if applicable).
- Educator Resource Pack to provide the strategies and tools needed to grow a strong Bee Program. This includes core compliant lessons, activities, distance learning experiences, Bee Program budgeting and planning tools, community engagement opportunities, and more.

Contact Information
Apply online:

- For any questions regarding the Bee Grant application or if you need support in the bee approval process, please email The Bee Cause Project at
- For any technical questions about the grant or application process, email Whole Kids Foundation at

Whole Kids Foundation
550 Bowie Street
Austin, Texas 78703

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