Almost 100 Strong and Counting: Feed a Bee Forage Grants
Monday, October 23, 2017
Feed a Bee’s 50-state initiative has now reached 93 projects in 36 states and Washington, D.C.
Even though planting season is coming to a close for many gardeners across the country, Feed a Bee’s initiative to plant pollinator forage across the country by the end of 2018 is still going strong! In the latest round of funding, 22 new organizations working hard to support bees and other pollinators in their communities were selected to receive awards ranging from $1,000 - $5,000.
These diverse projects join the 71 that were awarded in the first two rounds of funding, bringing the total to 93 projects nationwide joining with the Feed a Bee program to promote and protect pollinator health.
Huntington in Bloom, which takes care of all beautification efforts in the City of Huntington, WV, uses volunteers for most projects.
New Feed a Bee Grant Recipients
Nearly 50 organizations submitted applications to the request for proposals in Q3, which were reviewed and evaluated by the inaugural Feed a Bee steering committee. Those awarded Feed a Bee forage grants in the third round of funding include:
- Pulaski Conservation District, Little Rock, Arkansas
- East Windsor Historical Society, East Windsor, Connecticut
- Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., Georgetown, Delaware
- Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, Palos Heights, Illinois
- Mt. Carmel High School FFA, St. Francesville, Illinois
- Mercer County YMCA, Aledo, Illinois
- Joliet Junior College, Joliet, Illinois
- Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, Noblesville, Indiana
- National Wild Turkey Federation – Double Eagle Chapter, Sadieville, Kentucky
- Frederick CTC-FFA Chapter, Frederick, Maryland
- Maryland Forest Service, Annapolis, Maryland
- Girl Scout Troop 1052, Blue Springs, Missouri
- D&R Greenway Land Trust, Princeton, New Jersey
- Providence Presbyterian Church – Green Team, Weddington, North Carolina
- Allegheny Land Trust, Sewickley, Pennsylvania
- Plum Beach Garden Club, Wickford, Rhode Island
- Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
- George Mason University Honey Bee Initiative, Fairfax, Virginia
- Hill City Master Gardener Association, Amherst, Virginia
- Huntington in Bloom, Huntington, West Virginia
- Clearwater Farm, North Onalaska, Wisconsin
The Feed a Bee 50-state forage initiative, sponsored by the Bayer Bee Care Program, launched earlier this year as a way to join with the increasing number of individuals and organizations also looking to do their part to support pollinator health and add to the 3 billion wildflower seeds already distributed across the country by Feed a Bee. Over 150 organizations across the country have shown their support for bees, butterflies and other pollinators by applying for the grants this year. Selected organizations working to plant forage with Feed a Bee include nonprofits, fish and wildlife services, community groups, master gardeners, beekeepers and more!
The Chert Glades Chapter of the Missouri Master Naturalists recently planted a 3-acre plot at the Old Redings Mill Bridge in Joplin, MO.
Current Grantees’ Fall Plantings
While this latest round of grantees will likely be using their funds to plant in 2018, several of our grant recipients from earlier this year are already spreading the love to honey bees and pollinators this fall. Oneida County Land & Water Conservation Department in Wisconsin is hosting bed prep events in October and November, and New York’s Columbus Elementary School students will be building raised beds for a spring planting. Corpus Christi School in Alabama hosted a school-wide Feed a Bee Garden Day on the first day of fall, and the Land Trust of Tennessee has partnered with two Nashville high schools to seed a local pasture. Some of our grantees, such as IVM Partners, are also spreading the word about pollinators by hosting workshops to demonstrate habitat restoration techniques and best management practices.
Oneida County planted a Native Wildflower Labyrinth at the Healing Nature Center in Wisconsin.
In the coming weeks, we’ll highlight more of the great work our Feed a Bee grantees are doing this fall. Each is supporting pollinators in a different way, but all are taking part in the nationwide effort to provide more food and habitat for honey bees.
Tune in to our social channels on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to follow #FeedABee to see more on the events, plantings and trainings hosted in grantees’ communities across the country!
Corpus Christi School in Alabama held their own Feed a Bee Garden Day.