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 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.

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 recorded Bee Grant Application Webinars! Learn about the difference between the two grants, get direction for our online grant portal, and 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 Bee Grant Application Deadlines

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

Renewal Grant Application Deadline

October 15, 2021

Notification of All Bee Grant Applications

December 8, 2021

Delivery of Bee Grant Packages

February 2022

Program Update:

The application window for Part of 1 of the Traditional Bee Grant and the Renewal Bee Grant closed on October 15th. If you’ve already submitted Part 1 of your Traditional Bee Grant, the deadline to complete Part 2 will be October 31st.

Find answers to your questions by watching recordings of our annual Bee Grant webinars here or reach out to us at

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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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