A Buzzworthy Group of Feed a Bee Grantees

This time two years ago, the Feed a Bee 50-state initiative announced the first group of organizations chosen to receive funding in support of pollinator health. Seeking to make a truly national impact, the Feed a Bee grant program issued a request for proposals from organizations across the country that sought to create or further develop pollinator habitat. A steering committee of 14 industry representatives was convened to select grant recipients to receive funding in $1,000, $2,500 or $5,000 increments.  By awarding grants through the RFP process, Feed a Bee set a goal of supporting pollinators through the establishment of new forage in every state by the end of 2018.

The health of honey bees and other pollinators across the country is threatened due to many factors. In addition to invasive parasites, the lack of available forage is a primary challenge for pollinating insects. Pollinator-attractant wildflowers help to provide bees, butterflies and more with the forage they need to thrive. Since 2017, the Feed a Bee grant program has worked with organizations, such as schools, universities, nonprofits, beekeeping groups and conservation districts, to plant wildflowers and provide much-needed food and habitat for these beneficial insects. Additionally, grantees have committed to providing pollinator education in their communities for years to come.

In December of 2018, Feed a Bee was proud to accomplish its goal of providing funding to organizations in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. to plant more forage for pollinators.

Feed a Bee pollinator plot at Bethpage State Park, New York

 

With more than $700,000 pledged to the program, Feed a Bee was able to continue accepting proposals into 2019. We are excited to announce 14 additional organizations joining the Feed a Bee grantee community:

  • The Anthony School, Arkansas
  • Cobblestone Farms, Arkansas
  • Alturas Garden Club, California
  • Incarnation Center, Connecticut
  • Backyard Abundance, Iowa
  • New Jersey Youth Corps of Phillipsburg, New Jersey
  • The Fresh Air Fund, New York
  • Airlie Gardens, North Carolina
  • Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Maine
  • Western Reserve Academy, Ohio
  • The Association of the Friends of the Wichitas, Oklahoma
  • Lakewood Elementary School, South Carolina
  • Kitsap Conservation District, Washington
  • Victory Garden Initiative, Wisconsin

With nearly 180 Feed a Bee forage grant recipients, these latest grantees join a group of pollinator advocates working each day to positively impact the health of honey bees, butterflies, native bees and other important pollinators. Thank you to everyone who is on this journey with us to plant forage and encourage pollinator education across the nation. We are grateful for the opportunity to grow our community together and look forward to seeing the impact for years to come.