Grants for Beekeeping

Beekeeping is an activity that deals with honey bee colonies maintenance by an apiarist or commonly known as beekeeper. They do this so that they can gather products from the bees such as honey, beeswax and many more. There are also other works associated in beekeeping. Many people, especially in the rural areas are engaging to beekeeping. People can apply to grants for beekeeping; the federal and state government are offering such assistance to beekeepers all over the country.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is a foundation that supports several programs aimed for the benefits of the communities in Chicago particularly the less-privileged ones. The foundation aims to enhance and improve the social as well as economic state of the low income communities. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation assist individuals or organizations that work for the positive outcome for the community and its constituents. For example, beekeeping can be a good source of income for these communities and through proper training for beekeepers; the economy can rise due to beekeeping. The awards in terms of cash assistance differ annually and recipients can receive up to $500,000 or the so called genius grant. For the year 2011, the budget for the grants is approximately $14.1 million. Since the grants are year round, there is no fixed deadline for the application.

140 S. Dearborn Street,
Chicago, IL 60603-5285

Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees

The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is providing support to interested beekeepers’ state association in which this association should start a Young Beekeeper Program in their local area. The cash assistance is up to $200.00 that will be used for the start-up expenses. Interested parties can contact the Executive Director of the Foundation by calling him at (912) 427-4018 or email at

P.O. Box 1445
115 Morning Glory Circle
Jesup, GA 31598-1445

Rural Business Enterprise Grants or RBEG

The US Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development launched the RBEG program in which it is aimed to assist and give support to the small businesses in the rural areas through grants. The cash assistance awarded by the program is from $10,000 up to $500,000. Small projects such as for the benefits of beekeeping are given higher priorities for funding. For more details and information, visit the Rural Development State Office nearest you or you can log on to in order to know certain guidelines, requirements and application process.

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