March 2019 Community Grant: Bee Awareness Society


March 2019 Community Grant Recipient:
Bee Awareness Society

The Bee Awareness Society School Education Program teaches a lot of valuable information in local schools through their live glass observations bee hives, “Live Learning Tools,” including:

  • the basics  of pollination
  • why pollination is important
  • the risks pollinators face in today’s world
  • what students, their families and communities can do to reduce risks to pollinators
  • Biology 101
  • life cycle of the honey bee
  • how to care for our environment
  • what kind of home gardens will help bees and other pollinators.

Bee Awareness Society will put their $500 grant toward purchasing two observation hives’ worth of bees! We are thankful to our members for supporting this program through the tip jars at the cafe.

“It is important to keep our backyards and wider community free of chemicals, herbicides and insecticides by replacing them with environmentally/pollinator friendly natural products. Thus resulting in homegrown organic food that can be consumed by the grower, sold to the community and stores like Kootenay Co-op, improving the quality of the food we eat. The honey bees and other pollinators provide 35% of our food supply by there pollination, therefore keeping the environment clean and healthy is very important for the pollinators to survive. […] We are educating our children to be responsible stewards of our land and environment.

Our group together has over 100 years of beekeeping experience. We acquire our knowledge with hangs on experience along with facts from science research, resource books and online materials. We attend workshops, education days, AGMs, presented by the West Kootenay Beekeepers and BC Honey Producers Association. This gives us the qualifications to be part of this project, providing guidance and information to the community.”

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The Kootenay Co-op Community Grants Program offers up to $500 for community projects or initiatives that help us towards our Vision: We envision thriving communities with resilient food systems, where all people have access to affordable food that is healthy for our bodies, our communities, and the Earth.  These grants are funded by our generous members through the tip jars at the café checkout!

Community Grants are available to local organizations for community projects, programs or initiatives.  Successful applications will include specifics about the project and its impact on our local community, alignment with our Vision, the ability of organizer(s) to complete the project, and how our Co-op’s contribution fits within the overall budget. Organizations and programs can receive a maximum of one Kootenay Co‑op Community Grant per 12-month period. Organizations must acknowledge the Kootenay Co‑op’s contribution in their project materials.

Application Process:
1. Complete Community Grant Application. If you need more space to explain your project, additional materials are welcome.
2. Submit the completed application to Customer Service or electronically at
3. A committee of Kootenay Co-op staff, Board and members will review applications and make grant awards on a quarterly basis.

Applications Due: December 1st, March 1st, June 1st, September 1st