The grant committee is comprised of four members appointed annually by the WVBA president and chaired by the WVBA treasurer. The treasurer is not a voting member unless required to break a tie.
Applications may be submitted by clubs or members at large. Application are limited to one per club and will not be accepted from members applying independently. Grant applications are to be submitted to the treasurer for presentation to the committee members by January 1. Submissions are then considered by committee members and awarded by a majority vote. The treasurer and committee members may submit grant applications but are not permitted to vote on their submission. Disputes in grant awarding will be submitted to the WVBA executive committee for resolution.
Grant applications are to be submitted on the GRANT APPLICATION form found on the WVBA website; the form may also be requested from the WVBA treasurer. The application must be submitted to the WVBA treasurer by January 1 to be considered in that year. Grant funding requests may include, but are not limited to:
1. Purchase of beekeeping related equipment for a local association
2. Pollinator habitat development
3. Honey bee education or research projects
4. Helping new beekeepers with equipment
5. Cooperative projects with other agencies centered on honey bee related projects
6. Distribution of miticides or other bee health items
7. Additional funding for the spring conference
Funds may be requested for individuals, beekeeping associations, community groups, or non-profit organizations. Grants generally will not be awarded for personal beekeeping materials or commercial enterprises.
AWARDING OF GRANTS
Grants will be awarded based on the priority ranking approved by grant committee members, as well as funding available, not to exceed $3000 annually. Each award is limited to no more than $1,000.00. Winning applicants will be announced on January 31 and the money will be awarded at that time. All grants recipients must provide a follow up report to the WVBA treasurer no later than 1 year from the date of award; any unused moneys must be returned to the WVBA at that time. Winning applicants may not apply for grants for two consecutive years following the year of their winning application with the exception of each new Spring Conference Committee.
Annual continuation and budget of this program will be determined at the November WVBA Board of Directors meeting, based on the financial stability of the WVBA and the success of the program.
All questions about this program should be addressed to the WVBA Treasurer at:
Steve Roth, Treasurer WVBA
325 Whites Lane
Wheeling, WV 26003