To promote their new goal of providing pollinator forge in all 50 states, the Bayer Bee Care program is offering a total of $500,000 for grant projects over the next two years. Proposals should come from organizations and request either $1,000, $2,500, or $5,000 for innovative and creative projects. For example, a 4-H club may request money to put in an orchard, or a utility company could submit a proposal to plant forage in their power line right of way. Everyone qualifies for this grant, Langer says. Proposals are judged by what they can do for pollinators.
Forage initiatives in each state must include the following priorities to be considered for funding:
Establishing pollinator forage via a dedicated planting or habitat restoration led by the applying organization. Examples of activities may include but are not limited to establishing a pollinator garden, increasing acreage of existing forage, management of right of way vegetation, restoration of native habitat land, etc. Location must be viable and able to support pollinator forage plants (wildflowers, ornamentals or trees) and pollinators, including (but not limited to) farms, community/urban gardens, schools, rights-of-way, etc.