Bee Grants

In partnership with The Bee Cause Project.

These grant programs allow for schools and non-profit organizations to receive support for educational beehives and bee programming so students can observe bees up close and learn about the vital role these pollinators play in our food system.


K-12 Schools or Non-Profit Organizations that serve any grades K-12 in the U.S./Canada

Grant Options

Renewal Bee Grant

The Renewal Bee Grant allows for K-12 schools or non-profit organizations that have previously received a Bee Grant to receive support to grow their programs.

About the Program

A $500 monetary grant intended to boost or support existing educational bee programs. Applicant must have received a Traditional Bee Grant from Whole Kids Foundation in 2019 or earlier to be eligible. Live bees are not required to apply for this grant.

Also included with grant award:

  • One-on-one Program Consultation with The Bee Cause Project for program development, technical support, and beekeeper guidance (if applicable).
  • Educator Resource Pack to provide the strategies and tools needed to grow a strong Bee Program. This includes core compliant lessons, activities, distance learning experiences, Bee Program budgeting and planning tools, community engagement opportunities, and more.

Traditional Bee Grant - on hold until Fall 2021

The Traditional Bee Grant allows for K-12 schools or non-profit organizations that serve any grades K-12 to start a new or enhance an existing bee program hosting live bees on their campus.

About the Program

A choice of a monetary or equipment grant intended to support schools in bringing live bees to their campus or grow their already existing educational hive program.

Grant Options

  1. Monetary Grant: $1,500 monetary grant
  2. Equipment Grant: Indoor Observation Hive
  3. Equipment Grant: Traditional Top Bar Hive
  4. Equipment Grant: Traditional Langstroth Hive

The Traditional Bee Grant is on hold until September 2021. Check back early next year or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and Pinterest for updates on the program.

In the meantime, visit our Bee Program page for resources to get your bee programs buzzing. These materials will support your pollinator education no matter what stage you’re at. Find a core-compliant 6-week Bee Unit, information on The Bee Cause Project’s upcoming “Building Your Bee Program” webinar series, a monthly Bee Calendar and Journal Prompts, and much more!


For any questions regarding your beehives or bee programming, email The Bee Cause Project at

For any technical questions about the grant or application process, email Whole Kids Foundation at

Renewal Grant Application Opened

November 1, 2020

Renewal Grant Application Closed

December 15, 2020

Notification of All Renewal Grant Applications

January 15, 2021

Delivery of Renewal Grant Package

February 2021

Program Update:

Due to COVID-19 and related uncertainties, this year we will be focusing on expanding our digital resources and educational materials to support your pollinator programs in whatever stage you’re at. We will also be providing support to existing programs through a Renewal Bee Grant opportunity for previous recipients of our Traditional Bee Grant.

Visit our Bee Program Page for more information about newly developed resources and check back in the summer of 2021 to keep up with when our Traditional Bee Grant will re-open to support new bee programs.

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