Feed a Bee, Bayer Bee Care’s initiative for increasing pollinator forage and education across the U.S., has been buzzing through its third year! The Steering Committee has been busier than a bee hive reviewing applications in response to our RFP for organizations to apply for forage grants. From Maine to California, people across the country are eager to plant flowers in the name of pollinator health!
The grants, which are awarded in increments of $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000, are being announced on a rolling basis. We’re now accepting our third round of proposals, and applications will be accepted until September 30 for consideration for funding in the last quarter of the year.
The committee is blown away by the many great projects happening across the country in support of pollinators. We are proud to announce that 71 projects from more than 30 states and Washington, D.C. have already been funded! This puts us well over halfway to our goal of planting forage for bees in every state before the end of 2018! From universities to state parks and golf courses to wildlife reserves, we have organizations of all types included on our list. We are ecstatic to see the quick headway this initiative is making with eager partners nationwide!
One example of an event funded by these forage grants was our planting at the Washington Youth Garden in Washington, D.C., one of our $5,000 grant recipients. We were honored to celebrate National Pollinator Week with them on Saturday, June 17, as they broke ground for the restoration of their Butterfly and Pollinator Garden during their first Family Garden Day of 2017. Parents and children from across the city joined to learn about the importance of pollinators to food production through fun games and activities, including pitching in to plant the garden’s newly formed pollinator patch and getting an up-close look at colony life through a live observation hive.
Similarly, Feed a Bee knows how to go big for holidays! In order to celebrate National Honey Bee Day and our second round of forage grant recipients, we hosted a coast-to-coast planting event honoring pollinators across the nation! From Bethpage State Park in Long Island, N.Y., to North Central College in Naperville, Ill., to School Park Community Garden in Auburn, Calif., honey bees across the country felt the love on August 19. It was a fantastic way to recognize both the hard work of pollinators every day, as well as our many deserving grant recipients.
Feed a Bee looks forward to announcing future updates from our grant recipient organizations as they make progress on their forage projects throughout the rest of the year. Stay tuned for further pollinator-friendly news!