Frequently Asked Questions

Sponsor-A-Hive

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.

WHEN DOES THE APPLICATION CLOSE?

Our application is now closed. It closed on November 11, 5pm PST / 8pm EST

IS MY SCHOOL OR ORGANIZATION ELIGIBLE FOR SPONSOR-A-HIVE?

Please review the eligibility requirements on our Sponsor-A-Hive page. Feel free to use our Contact Form if you have any questions.

HOW MANY PARTNERSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE SELECTED?

We estimate we'll have 200 native or honey bee homes available.  Our 2020 application is on our beekeeping grants page.

ARE SCHOOLS OR ORGANIZATIONS LOCATED OUTSIDE OF THE U.S. ELIGIBLE?

To be eligible, applicants must be located in the continental U.S.

HOW CAN I APPLY?

Check out our beekeeping grants page!  Then feel free to tag us in a post on Instagram or Twitter to grab our attention. Please use #SponsoraHive and #savethebees.  thanks!

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 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?

Invited applicants 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 2019.

WHAT TYPE OF BEES WILL I RECEIVE?

We can provide honey bees, leafcutter bees or mason bees. However, since our focus has recently shifted to supporting native bee populations, we will primarily focus on providing native bees.

I CAN’T HOST A HIVE, BUT I STILL WANT TO HELP. HOW CAN I DO SO?

We are thrilled that you want to help! Check out our #BeeTheSolution page to learn what you can do to help bees (such as 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.