Great news!!! If you are a school or non-profit that serves students K-12 in the United States or Canada you are eligible to apply for The Bee Cause Project + Whole Kids Foundation Bee Grant. Yes, that’s it – no further eligibility requirement is necessary!
The Bee Grant program allows for a school or non-profit organization to receive support for an educational live bee program. The purpose of this grant is to bring live bees to campuses across the country to engage students in pollinator education, enhance STEAM skills, and develop a life-time love of conservation and environmental stewardship. In addition to live bees hives, grant recipients receive curriculums, lesson plans, and other educational materials to bring the classroom into the heart of the hive!
The Bee Grant and Renewal Grant open Sept. 1 and close Oct. 15 (Applicants who must fill out Part B have until Oct. 30 complete Part B). Our amazing partners at Whole Kids Foundation (WKF) provide support for this successful program.
If you are ready to apply, you can go to the Bee Grant page on the WKF website to register and complete your application. The WKF website is the ONLY place to register and submit your completed application. Ready to learn more? Keep reading to find informational webinar links and sample applications for download.
2022 Upcoming Webinars
Please join the experts on our one-hour webinars, linked below, to help you successfully navigate the application process.
Thank you to all who attended the webinar, we had a great turnout! We hope you found it helpful. If you were unable to make it or had to leave early please click on the link below to watch the recording of the webinar or watch below.
If your questions were not answered or you have more as you go through the application process please register and join us at our second webinar this month.
Wed., Sept. 29 @ 6:00 pm EST
3:00 pm PST | 5:00 pm CST
2023 Bee Grant Program Description
The Traditional Bee Grant is brought to you by The Bee Cause Project + Whole Kids Foundation! Applications will be open for submission on September 1st. Our most successful applicants tend to begin the pollinator curriculum before welcoming live bees, so we created the digital Back to School Bee Program to keep the momentum going! This grant encompasses three grant options: Monetary, Indoor Observation Hive, or Traditional Langstroth Hive. Please download the Grant Overview below to review the details of the grant and what to expect. This document is useful to distribute and review among the administration on your campus and the community at large.
Click here to view a PDF copy of the Traditional Bee Grant application for your preparation purposes. All final submissions must be made online.
The Renewal Bee Grant is for former grant recipients who have had a grant for at least one year before the time of application. Please download the overview to understand how the Renewal grant can bolster your current pollinator program.
Click here to view a PDF copy of the Renewal Bee Grant application for your preparation purposes. All final submissions must be made online.
Examples of Indoor Observation Hive at Grant Schools.
Examples of Langstroth Hives on school campuses.
Back to School with The Bee Cause Project!
Back to School Bee Program: We want all educators interested in pollinator curriculum to have the resources they need, when they need it. Whether you have live bees on your campus already, or are a beginner in the bee world, we want to meet you where you are.
All of our Back to School Bee Program resources are distance learning friendly, include teacher companion guides, and are mapped to the standards – even the reading list. Scroll down to get started with the Back to School Bee Program!
Step One: Educate
Every Bee Program, like a honey bee hive, needs a strong foundation. We recommend first referencing the “How to Grow Your Bee Program” guide. Then begin to implement the Six Week Bee Unit. This curriculum has core compliant lessons, teacher guides, flash cards, and literature circle prompts.
Step Two: Build a Bee Club
No bee operates alone! A Bee Club provides structure to build support among your community, and to create an environment for those who want to learn more about bees! Bee Clubs are a great space for hosting bee book discussions, developing habitat on campus, and learning how to keep bees.
Step Three: Connect with Community!
Connect with your community members such as 4-H agents, local beekeeper association members, and farmers for in-person visits and (digital) field trips. These opportunities are an easy way to weave your larger parent and educator communities in to better understand the program, and our friends, the bees.
Step Four: Expand Your Habitat
Every hive needs a healthy habitat! Now is the time to understand and apply what you’ve learned about helping the bees succeed! This may look like welcoming live bees, or building native pollinator habitat. The “Bee” a Friend to Pollinators lesson plan will help you understand how pollinators share your surrounding habitat.