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What is the max grant?

The maximum funding amount is $10,000. This is an estimate based on the total amount of grant funding received by The Bakersfield Beekeepers Association in 2016. The goal of this funding is to ensure that Beekeepers can continue to maintain and support their operation, which has been growing each year. While grants are made to The Beekeepers Association through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, those funding amounts do not represent The Beekeepers Association’s actual costs to operate.

What causes are the grants directed towards?

The Beekeepers Association is working alongside the USDA to eliminate all beekeepers’ reliance on pesticides and other chemicals, including neonicotinoid insecticides. These are the pesticides that the Centers for Disease Control describe are “known or potentially dangerous neonicotinoids.” In addition, beekeepers work together with communities, local governments, and the conservation community to address many of the other issues impacting bee health and conservation. As such, Beekeepers Association grants are also supported in part to address:

Bee Management Training and Certification

National Pollinator Health Day

Public Health Education and Promotion

Birds and Wildlife Agreements

Community & Community Based Research

Culturally Appropriate Activities

Community Health & Safety Initiatives

The grant awards address these areas so that the Beekeepers Association is able to maintain or increase the number of beekeepers and continue to help them to protect bees and their pollination services.

Are these grant projects related to one another?

Funding for these projects will continue to be directed towards addressing the specific needs of beekeepers through grants to Beekeepers Association member organizations. However, the Beekeepers Association’s general purpose grant goals will be focused on these specific areas such as:

Bee Management Training and Certification

Birds and Wildlife Agreements

Public Health Education and Promotion

Cultural Appropriation

Community & Community Based Research

Community Health and Safety Initiatives

The Beekeepers Association will continue to address these specific areas in its annual Beekeeping Grants Report.

How will a grant program like this work and how will Beekeepers Association be consulted?

Beekeepers Association is collaborating closely with USDA on the Bee Health Research Grant Program. USDA will be managing the Bee Health Grant program as the final agency to provide the full grant funding to Beekeepers Association. USDA will have the final say on the use and allocation of the grant funds.

How will Beekeepers Association be consulted with on this