Sponsor-A-Hive Frequently Asked Questions
What is Sponsor-A-Hive?
Sponsor-A-Hive is a program that advances bee conservation and empowers communities with the education, tools, supplies, and bees 🐝needed to support sustainable agriculture in their neighborhood. 🐝🐝🐝 We provide free bees and more to local organizations that have passed a rigorous application and interview process and express an interest in partnering with us to advocate for our precious pollinators.
How many applications are selected?
60 partnerships 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 is open September 4 – October 31, 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.
Are there specific types of organizations or programs that you will not fund?
We do not partner with individuals or families, or with organizations that do not meet our eligibility requirements, as outlined on our Sponsor-A-Hive page.
My organization applied last year, but wasn’t selected. Can we apply again?
Yes, absolutely! We welcome past applicants to apply again this year.
My organization received Sponsor-A-Hive last year. Can we apply again?
If your organization’s application was selected last year, you cannot reapply this year. You will be able to apply two or more years after becoming a Sponsor-A-Hive partner.
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 I have been selected?
All applicants will be notified in December 2017.
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 Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 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.