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Does your kids' school need a beehive? Here's how to apply for a grant to get one

Addie Broyles
abroyles@statesman.com
Whole Kids Foundation gives away thousands of dollars a year to schools that want to set up an educationcal bee hive on their campuses. The deadline to apply for the grant this year is Oct. 15. [Contributed]

The Austin-based Whole Kids Foundation wants to help your kids' school get a beehive. 

Backyard beekeeping has had a renaissance over the past 10 years, and schools are also using bees to educate students about STEM and where food comes from. Three Austin schools, including Austin Montessori School, have beehives that were installed with the help of grants from Whole Kids Foundation, a nonprofit started by Whole Foods Market in 2011. 

The organization is now accepting applicants for these $2,000 grants from K-12 schools throughout the U.S. and Canada. Beehives complement school gardens, which Whole Kids also funds through grants, but this grant program is separate from the school garden program. Applications for both the bee hive and school garden grants are open until Oct. 15.

Whole Kids Foundation has awarded more than $30 million in grants in the past eight years, which have helped build 5,452 gardens and 401 educational beehive grants. Whole Kids also helps schools implement salad bars, and those grants are accepted year-round. You can find out more about the grants and fill out an application at wholekidsfoundation.org.

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