TBA Hive Grant

Tennessee Beekeepers Association Hive Grant Program for 2017

Requirements for Recipients of the TBA Hive Grant in 2017

  • Must be a first time Beekeeper
  • Be a resident of Tennessee
  • Complete a beginning beekeeping course
  • Commence beekeeping activities in the spring of 2017
  • Accept a beekeeping beginner kit grant
  • Purchase additional equipment as needed
  •  Become a member of a local Tennessee beekeeping association for two years
  •  Become a member of Tennessee Beekeepers Association for two years
  • Complete the Registration of Tennessee Apiaries form in accordance with the Tennessee Apiary Act of 1995. This form may be completed on line or copied for mailing. Click here for regulations and forms.
  • Work with an association member mentor for two years
  • For the first two years, half of the honey production from the grant hive will be returned to the local association to help defray set up cost. Commencing the third year, all the honey is exclusively the beekeeper’s.
  • If one decides not to complete the two year commitment, return grant equipment kit to local association for redistribution.

Beginner Kit will include:

  • 1 Screened bottom board
  • 1 Hive Body (10 frame)
  • 10 frames
  • 10 sheets wired beeswax foundation
  • 1 inner cover
  • 1 entrance feeder
  • 1 telescoping cover
  • 1round veil with plastic helmet
  • 1 pair gloves
  • 1 hive tool
  • 1 smoker
  • Beginners Beekeeping book.

Tennessee Beekeepers Association (TBA) with the help of grant funds from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture will provide the equipment kit for two new beekeepers per club with the local associations purchasing one kit – for a total of three kits per association.

Local Associations please notify your TBA regional vice president by January 13, 2017 and inform him/her of your desire to participate.

Once local associations award the grant equipment kits, new beekeeper names, addresses, TBA membership application and
dues, and mentors names shall be submitted to Petra Mitchell, TBA Treasurer at 3900 Rock Springs Road, Watertown, TN 37184.

ONLY LOCAL ASSOCIATIONS that have fulfilled the previous year’s commitments will be allowed to participate in the Hive Grant Program. Submission of names of recipients and mentors, payment of TBA dues for recipients and mentors is part of the eligibility requirements for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Beekeepers Association Hive Grant.

11 thoughts on “TBA Hive Grant”

  1. Do you have your 3 TBA Hive Grant participants for 2016? I don’t know for sure I would be a candidate, but, I have some interest, enough to inquire. Never had bees, but, my dad did some when I was a child.

    1. Donna,
      The hive grant is still open. We will not be drawing the names until the March 5th short course (there’s a new post up today on that). As long as you can meet the requirements above, you can enter the drawing. You can also sign up for TBA and our club at the short course on March 5th.

  2. I live in Cocke Co. and would like to know the name of the clube near me. I would like to have moer information about the starter hive grant. Thanks, Paul

  3. I have been interested in bee keeping for a few years now but didn’t know how to get started. Please give me a call and help me get this going! Could I apply for the grant?

    1. Renny,
      You can definitely get started. We’ll have our next club meeting on March 3rd (there will be a post on the website about that), and the annual beginner beekeepers short course will be on March 5th… there’s already a post up about that. Come join us… I think you’ll have fun.
      If you meet all of the requirements listed above, you can definitely enter the hive grant drawing.

  4. Well it’s January 22nd and I have 3 inches of snow and it’s still coming down !!! My wife and I have been talking about starting beekeeping for a year or so now. I recently heard your information on the radio and checked this web site out. We are on a 3 acre parcel on BonAire in the boonies (35 minutes from downtown Cookeville.) I was glad to see you are offering a beginners course in a few months, I do believe we would both like to attend if possible. We are interested in the “hobby” of beekeeping and of course the delicious honey 🙂
    Truthfully though, we know very little about the process..but are willing to learn.

    1. Steven and Katherine,
      We’d love to have you come and join us at the short course. As long as you meet all of the requirements above, you can definitely enter into the drawing for the hive grant program. We’re also having a meeting on March 3rd (there will be a post on the website about this soon) that you could come to. It’s good to see new beekeepers getting into the hobby.
      P.S. you’re right… the honey is delicious. I extracted 175 quarts last year from 6 production hives. They can really make a LOT!

  5. I am so glad that you are offering this course. My husband and I have wanted to raise bees for several years and are finally living on a farm where where we think it will work. Looking forward to attending the March 5th short course and beginning the process.

  6. Is it too late to show interest in this for 2017? I am interested in becoming a local bee keeper, but missed the dealine.

    1. Nichole, you have a few weeks to get ready. I would recommend coming to short course in March. You probably can’t get bees until mid to late April.

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