Sponsor-A-Hive Frequently Asked Questions

Is my school or organization eligible for Sponsor-A-Hive grant?
Please review the Eligibility requirements. Feel free to use our Contact Form if you have any questions.

How many grants are available?
60 material grants are available .

Are schools or organizations located outside of the U.S. eligible?
To be eligible, applicants must be located in the U.S.

How can I apply?
Through the Sponsor-A-Hive application, which will reopen during Fall 2017. Follow the Instructions to guide you through the process.

Can I send extra items such as video or photographs?
Yes, we would be happy to receive materials that help illustrate your story. In the Application, you will be able to upload files under 5 MB.
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What is the deadline for my application?
November 11, 2016 at 5pm PST

Are there specific types of organizations or programs that you will not fund? 

We do not provide grants to individuals or families or to organizations that do not meet our Eligibility requirements.

My organization applied last year, but didn’t receive a grant. Can we apply again?
Yes, absolutely! We welcome past applicants to apply again this year.

My organization won a bee grant last year. Can we apply again?
If your organization’s grant proposal was selected for funding, you cannot reapply this year. You will be able to apply two years or more after winning your initial Sponsor-A-Hive grant.

How will I know that my application was received?
You will receive an email confirmation that your application was received. It will arrive within the hour after your application was submitted.

When will I be notified if my grant has been awarded?
All applicants will be notified by mid-December 2016.

What type of bee will I receive?
You will have a choice of honey bees, leafcutter bees or mason bees. Please read the information about these bee species to decide which type of bee is best suited to your geography and goals.

I can’t host a hive, but I still want to help. How can I do so?
No problem! Learn what you can do to help the bees, which includes planting a bee garden. Also, follow us on social media. If you’d like to donate so that more bees can be placed in community and school gardens around the U.S., visit our Donations page.