Grant Proposal Submission, Beekeeping Project Grants For Raising Honey Bees.
Beekeeping Project Grants: Beekeepers are struggling to save honeybees 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, with the attack of Africanized bees and disease-spreading mites, the entire situation becomes a matter of shock.
To tackle this situation, different types of grant money are provided for beekeepers. Such as Federal Grants, State Grants, or Corporate Grants, Beekeeping project grants, and so on.
A large portion of American agriculture depends on honeybees. According to PBS, honeybees pollinate one-third of agricultural produce in the U.S. So, it’s very important to save our bees, and for that reasons Federal & state governments, independent organizations, and some other corporations offer grant money to new beekeepers, intend to start beekeeping and experienced beekeepers to motivate them.
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 honeybees healthy, prevent colony collapse disorder, and treatment of diseases. At the end of this page we have provided the links for the following important things:
01. How to Apply for grants,
02. Application Form,
03. Check eligibility,
04. Grant program for USD 2,500, and
05. Database for Grant Recipients.
If you want to submit a grant proposal you have to check the eligibility 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 submitting it.
Similarly, you can check the eligibility prior to submitting 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 the respective department or offices.
Some non-profit and private organizations like Churches, Foundations, Clubs, and Professional associations provide grant 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 was awarded this grant for her works on breeding pests and disease control of honeybees. The Georgia-based Foundation awards another small grant. This was for the protection of Honeybees, distribute to encourage state beekeeping associations and young starters, 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 offer non-profit & research areas for pest & weed management in addition to crop and livestock variety and marketing.
The USDA offers several Agriculture Marketing Service Grants, like the Organic Certification Cost Share program. This program offers organic producers & handlers through the state to compensate for 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 the cost-share grant to qualified beekeepers for expanding and improving pollination & honey production under the 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 the safeguarding of honeybees. Since 2008 at Pennsylvania State University and the University of California at Davis, Haagen-Dazs has donated $620,000 for honey bee research purposes.
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 the Honeybee Health Improvement Project.
If you are interested to get grant money for honey bees you have to know the rules and regulations 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 conditions in specific circumstances. There are some forms and procedures to apply for these grants.
An Apiary is defined as the place of keeping our bees and beehives for the production of honey. It could be a hobby, small business, side business, or full-time business on a large scale. A beekeeper is known as an apiarist. Bees are a great pollinator in our agriculture, especially for the 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 them in a scientific way.
US Government is encouraging our new generation to start the apiary to ensure a sufficient bee population in the near future. So they started sanctioning different types of grants for beekeeping like Agricultural grants, small business grants, start-up grants, and so on.
The USDA started granting rural projects to help small business entrepreneurs in rural areas. This grant range is from $10,000 to $500,000 for a small business where employees are fewer than 50 and yearly gross revenue is less than $1 million.
Beginners are eligible to avail of this fund for the Apiary. Of course, types of business, the nationality of applicant, place of the apiary, etc are considerable factors for sanctioning this fund.
Some states started grant programs for the protection innovation of bees. This grant is to help small business owners adopt innovative approaches. Kansas CIG funds for individuals and for-profit small businesses for demonstrations and pilot projects.
Starting an Apiary is eligible to obtain this grant from $50,000 to $200,000. New Jersey, Alabama, and Virginia including some other states are offering similar grants.
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.
This grant in 2011 pays up to $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 the Beginning Farmer Loan Program or Aggie Bond. Under this program, state governments help First-time farmers by creating a bond to receive a low-interest loan from lenders. A rural apiary business starter is eligible to receive this loan as a first-time farmer.
Still, now you have any questions about grants? Find here.
Links for Bee Grant program, Application form, eligibility and Grant Recipients Database
01. How to Apply for grants here,
02. Application Form,
03. You can check the eligibility prior to submitting your proposal for Federal Grants,
04. Find here Bee Grant Program for USD 2,500.
05. and Also, Grant Recipients Database here.
01. Impact of CCD on US Agriculture – PBS: Silence of the Bees,
02. Types of Grants – Southern SARE,
03. the US Losing Bees and Beekeepers – USA Today,
04. Grant Programs – USDA Agricultural Marketing Services,
05. the US Losing Bees and Beekeepers – USA Today,
06. Grant Programs – USDA Agricultural Marketing Services.
Sources of information:
01. Pollinator Partnership,
02. Help the Honey Bees: Haagen-Dazs,
03. Photo Credit – Google Images – Unrestricted.
04. Experience of my own honey bee projects.