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Sponsor-A-Hive Bee Partnership

In-Kind Grants to USA K-12 Schools, Colleges, and Agencies for
Bees and Equipment to Set up On-Site Bee Sanctuaries

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Honeybee Conservancy

Deadline Date:

10/31/17 5:00 PM PST Receipt


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In-kind grants to USA nonprofit K-12 schools, colleges and universities, environmental centers, Tribal education agencies, and community gardens and food banks. This program provides winners with bees and equipment to help them safely set up, maintain, and observe on-site bee sanctuaries at schools, community gardens, and green spaces across the United States.

Bees offer a wonderful way for children and communities to learn about science, ecology, agriculture, societal structure, mutual cooperation, and even history – all by caring for and observing the activity of bees maintained on an on-site bee house.


The Sponsor-A-Hive program provides honey bees, mason bees and/or leafcutter bees, their homes, bee keeping equipment and information on how to care for the bees. Bees are strategically placed in locations where they can bolster bee populations, advance science and environmental education and pollinate locally grown food.

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

Here are some of the things the funding source looks for in an application:

- Demonstrated ability to serve as an educational resource;
- Demonstrated ability to pollinate a school; community garden or similar green space;
- Benefit to an underserved area, such as a census tract of below-average food market density;
- For seekers of honey bee hive, written confirmation from a local beekeeper or beekeeping group affirming that they will install the hive and provide regular inspections to monitor the health of the hive.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176196

Number of Grants:

60 partnerships are available.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Your organization is eligible if it:

- Is located in the United States.

- Represents one of the following types of organizations:

Grade, middle or high school;
College or university;
Tribal education agency;
Environmental center;
Food bank or community garden that does not charge a membership fee;

- Has an IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter or a NCES school ID number.

- Has been in existence for at least one year.

- Will provide minimum of 1 program/project evaluation report.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline for 2018 Beekeeping Partnerships

Application open: September 4 2017
Application deadline: October 31 2017
Applicants notified: December 2017
Bees delivered: April 2018


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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The Honeybee Conservancy
1732 1st Ave #28748
New York, NY 10128

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