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

Traditional Bee Grant

*New Applicants only

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 Langstroth Hive

Click here to view a PDF copy of the Traditional Bee Grant application for your preparation purposes. All final submissions must be made online.

Renewal Bee Grant

*Previous Bee Grant Recipients only

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 2021 or before and completed the required Progress Report. 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.

Click here to view a PDF copy of the Renewal Bee Grant application for your preparation purposes. All final submissions must be made online.


To learn more about our Bee Grant program and application process, join us for our upcoming Bee Grant Application Webinars! Learn about the difference between the two grants, get direction for our online grant portal, and hear a variety of questions from attendees.

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

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Traditional and Renewal Bee Grant Applications Open

September 1, 2022

Traditional Bee Grant Application Closes

Part 1 Deadline: October 15 | Part 2 Deadline: October 31

Renewal Bee Grant Application Closes

October 15, 2022

Notification of All Bee Grant Applications

December 7, 2022

Delivery of Bee Grant Packages

February 2023

Program Update:

The 2022 Bee Grant applications are now closed! If you are submitting a Traditional Bee Grant, you will have until October 31 to submit Part 2 of your application. All notifications will be made on December 7, 2022. We look forward to reviewing the applications we received.

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Start your bee journey

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!

Not quite ready to apply for a grant? Get ready for a Bee Grant by following the 5 steps to a successful bee journey here.

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