Grant Proposal: Beekeeping Project Grants For Raising Honey Bees. (115)

Beekeeping Project Grants: Beekeepers are struggling to save the honey bees from a variety of threats. In 2006, a quarter of U.S. bee colonies were vanished by a strange disease called Colony Collapse Disorder. Moreover, the attack of Africanized bees and disease-spreading mites, the entire situation becomes a matter of shocking. To tackle this situation, different types of grants money provided for beekeepers. Such as, Federal Grants, State Grants, or Corporate Grants, Beekeeping project grants and so on.

Beekeeping Project Grants For Raising Honey Bees

A large portion of American agriculture depends on honeybees. According PBS, honey bees pollinate one third of agricultural produce in the U.S. To tackle the above all situation, Federal & state governments, independent organization and some other corporations offers grant money.

Grant Proposal: Beekeeping Project Grants For Raising Honey Bees.
Grant Proposal: Beekeeping Project Grants For Raising Honey Bees.

They try to raise honeybees and develop scientific research on honeybees to find ways to save them. The main purpose of such research is to keep our honey bees healthy, prevent colony collapse disorder and treatment of diseases. To apply for grants or check eligibility here: Grant or Eligibility in USDA (United States Department of Agriculture).

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If you want to submit a grant proposal you have to check the eligibility at first. A proposal without checking the eligibility, the possibility is that your proposal will be rejected. So, it’s wise to check it prior to submit.

Similarly, you can check the eligibility prior to submit your proposal for Federal Grants, State Grants, Corporate Grants, Rural Enterprise Grant, Farmers Market Grant, Aggie Bonds and so on. Apply the same procedure in respective department or offices.

01. Nonprofit and Private Organization

Some non-profit and private organizations like Churches, Foundations, Clubs and Professional Association provide grants money for beekeepers. Some Organizations distribute grant funds to beekeepers from another organization. I like to mention that in 2010, Marla Spivak was awarded a “Genius” grant of $500,000 from John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

She was a Professor of Apiculture at the University of Minnesota. She awarded this grant for her works on breeding pest and disease control of honeybees. The Georgia based Foundation awards another small grant. This was for protection of Honey bees, distribute to encourage state beekeeping associations and young starter beekeepers.

02. Federal Grants

Under SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education) Programs, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers grants to farmers, producers, & students. They also offers non-profit & research areas for pest & weed management in addition to crop and livestock variety and marketing.

Grant Proposal: Beekeeping Project Grants For Raising Honey Bees.
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The USDA offers several Agriculture Marketing Service Grants, like Organic Certification Cost Share program. This program offers to organic producers & handlers through the state to compensate some costs of organic qualification.

This program also offers a specialty Crop Grant Program to encourage the competitors of specialty crops. The USDA enlisted beekeeping as an eligible specialty crop under the category of Nursery, Floriculture & Horticulture.

03. State Grants

Many states provide grant money to beekeepers or distribute federal grants assigned to them. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture provides 50% of cost-share grant to qualified beekeepers for expanding and improving pollination & honey production under Tennessee Agriculture Enhancement Program. Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Connecticut, offer equipment and colony stipends, raffles or door prizes to beginner beekeepers – according to USA Today.

04. Corporate Grants

Haagen-Dazs, Burts Bees and many other similar companies donated thousands of dollars to scientific research on beekeeping and safeguarding of honeybees. Since 2008 in Pennsylvania State University and the University of California at Davis, Haagen-Dazs has donated $620,000 for honey bee research purpose.

Similarly, Burts Bees also provided a grant to a non-profit organization devoted to the health of North American pollinators. It was an initiative of the pollinator partnership and Honeybee Health Improvement Project.

If you are interested to get grant money for honey bees you have to know the rules and regulation for sanctioning grants in respect of state laws and Federal government laws. Find any beekeeper or beekeeping association near to you for information regarding this. These grants are paid with some terms and condition in specific circumstances. There are some forms and procedures to apply for this grants.

Apiary Grants

An Apiary is defined as the place of keeping our bees and beehives for production of honey. It could be as hobby, small business, side business or full time business in large scale. A beekeeper is known as apiarist. Bees are the great pollinator in our agriculture especially for crop.

Due to colony collapse disorder between 2006 and 2010 a huge number of bees are lost. That is why USDA increased funding for research in rebuilding the bee population and keeps them healthy by preventing and protecting in scientific way. US Government is encouraging your generation to start apiary to ensure sufficient bee population in near future. So they started sanctioning different types of grants for beekeeping like Agricultural grants, small business grants, start-up grants and so on.

Grant Proposal: Beekeeping Project Grants For Raising Honey Bees.
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05. Rural Enterprise Grant

The USDA started granting in rural projects to help small business entrepreneurs in rural area. This grants range is from $10,000 to $500,000 for small business where employees are fewer than 50 and yearly gross revenue is less than $1 million. Beginners are eligible to avail this fund for Apiary. Of course types of business, nationality of applicant, place of apiary etc are considerable factors for sanctioning this fund.

06. USDA Conservation Innovation Grant – Pollinator initiative

Some states started grants program for protection innovation of bees. This grant is to help small business owners adopt innovation approaches. Kansas CIG funds for individuals and for-profit small businesses for demonstrations and pilot projects. Starting Apiary is eligible to obtain this grant from $50,000 to $200,000. New Jersey, Alabama, and Virginia including some other states are offering the similar grants.

07. Farmers Market Grant

This Farmer market promotion program started in 2011, providing grants from $5,000 to $100,000 to the eligible agricultural cooperatives, group-or member owned producers who sell agricultural products. A cooperative Apiary business may qualify for this grant.

08. Rural Business Opportunity Grant

This grant 2011 pays up $150,000 to the rural cooperatives engaged in agricultural business projects. Beekeeping is considered under this grant. The cooperatives must have evidence of financial strength and expertise to carry out the activity. So, if you have expertise in apiculture or beekeeping you can form a cooperative and apply for this grant.

09. Aggie Bonds

This is known as Beginning Farmer Loan Program or Aggie Bond. Under this program state governments help First-time farmers by creating a bond to receive low-interest loan from lenders. A rural apiary business starter is eligible to receive this loan as first-time farmer.

Still now you have any question about grants? Find here.


Impact of CCD on US Agriculture – PBS: Silence of the Bees
Types of Grants – Southern SARE
US Losing Bees and Beekeepers – USA Today
Grant Programs – USDA Agricultural Marketing Services
US Losing Bees and Beekeepers – USA Today
Grant Programs – USDA Agricultural Marketing Services

Sources of information:

Polinator Partnership
Help the Honey Bees: Haagen-Dazs
Photo Credit – Google Images – Unrestricted

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