2016 Sponsor-a-Hive material grant program

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 innovative Sponsor-A-Hive program bestows material grants to help people safely set up, maintain, and observe such on-site bee sanctuaries at schools, community gardens, and green spaces across the United States.

Bee sanctuaries are strategically placed in locations where they can bolster bee populations, advance science and environmental education and pollinate locally grown food.

The Sponsor-A-Hive program will bestow as many as ten material grants in the form of honey or solitary bees, their homes, bee keeping equipment and information on how to care for the bees. In addition, educators will receive a Honeybee Conservancy Educator’s Guide with lesson plans and activity sheets designed to build reading and science skills, raise environmental awareness, and empower students to help the bees through guided activities.


Sponsor-A-Hive bee homes will:

  • Bolster bee populations;
  • Advance education across multiple academic areas;
  • Support local food initiatives;
  • Inspire communities to act as stewards for bees and bee’s natural environment;
  • Improve quality of life for people in the community

Read Reasons to Sponsor a Hive to learn more.









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) tax-exemption letter or a NCES school ID number;
  • Has been in existence for at least one year.

What we look for

Here are some of the things that we look for in an application…

  • Demonstrated ability to serve as an educational resource;
  • Demonstrated ability to pollinate a school or community garden;
  • 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.


  • Application open: October 13, 2015
  • Application deadline: December 4, 2015 at 5pm PST
  • Applicants notified:   December 29, 2015
  • Bees delivered: March – April 2016

How you can apply

  • Step 1. Determine eligibility
  • Step 2. Review the supporting materialsLearn about the species of bees from which to select and the FAQ for more details.
  • Step 3. Gather the required materials: Non-profit organizations and private schools will need to upload their Federal IRS Tax-Exempt Determination letter. Public schools will need to upload a document with your school’s name, address and NCES number. Optional: a photo of the location where you will place your bee house (JPG, GIF or PNG file under 5 MB)
  • Step 4.  Fill out the online Sponsor-a-Hive Application. Complete and submit the online application before the deadline of December 4, 2015 at 5pm PST.  Contact us if you have any issues or questions.

Questions, comments or want to get involved?

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