tidewater_beehives Update 28 December 2012 |  The Beehive Grant web page has been updated to include a link to an online grant application. The application will be activated on January 1,2013. The link to the application will take users to a log-in page for the Beehive Grants Program Online Registration.

First time users will need to create a VDACS Online Account using the link on the Online Registration web page. A VDACS Online Account may be created prior to the January 1 start date for the grant. However, individuals will not be able to log on to submit a grant application until January 1, 2013.

Once activated the information and documentation required in order to apply for a Beehive Grant may be submitted through the online application. Along with the online application, applicants may submit electronic copies of a ‘Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification’ form (IRS Form W-9) and any itemized receipts from the purchase of qualified items.

Applicants may also send required documentation to the mailing address or FAX number below. Applications will not be processed until a completed application and required documentation are received. Please be advised that processing of applications received by mail or fax may be delayed.

Office of Plant Industry Services
Beehive Grant Program
102 Governor Street, Room LL55
Richmond, VA 23219
FAX: 804-371-7793

Update 21 December 2012 |  The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has developed an on-line application for this grant. The application will be available on the agency website beginning January 1, 2013.

Use of the on-line application will facilitate submission and processing of applicant requests.  Completed applications will be processed in the order in which they are received. Upon completion of an application individuals will be registered with VDACS as a beekeeper.

The on-line application will not be available prior to January 1, 2013.  Purchases of a new hive or supplies to construct a new hive prior this date are not eligible for the grant. Posting the application prior to January 1st may mislead individuals to believe purchases prior to this date would qualify for the Beehive Grant.

Update 19 December 2012  |  The Virginia General Assembly appropriated $125,000 for this program for Fiscal Year 2013 (July 2012 to June 2013) and $125,000 for Fiscal Year 2014 (July 2013 to June 2014).  However, during the upcoming legislative session, the General Assembly will consider proposed amendments to the state budget that include the possible deferral of funding for the beehive grant fund program.  In spite of this funding uncertainty, VDACS will proceed to accept applications in accordance with the guidelines and requirements for qualification under this program but cautions applicants that they may or may not receive payments depending on the outcome of the state budget negotiations.  A final determination on applications cannot be made until the state budget is finalized sometime in April 2013.

7 December 2012 |  The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) released guidelines today for the Beehive Grant Fund created by the 2012 Virginia General Assembly. The General Assembly created the fund to promote the establishment of new beehives in the Commonwealth.

Beginning January 1, 2013, any individual who purchases a new hive or purchases materials or supplies to construct a new hive may apply for a grant from the fund. Each grant will be in the amount of actual expenses incurred for the purchase of items to establish a new hive, up to $200 per hive, not to exceed $2,400 per individual per year.

Appropriations for this program are $125,000 for Fiscal Year 2013 (July 2012 to June 2013) and $125,000 for Fiscal Year 2014 (July 2013 to June 2014). In the event that the amount of funds requested exceeds the amount of funds available that fiscal year, such grants shall be paid in the next fiscal year in which funds are available. A brief list of general requirements include:


The grants are available only to residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age at the time the application is submitted.
  • Funds received through the Beehive Grant Program are subject to state and federal taxes.
  • New hives funded through this program, either fully or in part, shall be installed and remain within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • A qualifying purchase must include all of the following qualified items, provided the items are used to establish a new hive: hive boxes, frames and foundation.
  • The following items also will qualify if purchased in conjunction with the items above: bottom board, inner cover, outer cover, queen excluder and feeder.
  • Non-qualified items include hand or electric tools, honey bees or queens, hive stands, raw materials used to fabricate a hive component, used hive components and personal apparel or equipment.
  • Qualified items must be used to establish a new hive with a viable colony of honey bees within one year of the date the items were purchased.

A copy of the guidelines for the Beehive Grant with a complete list of qualifications and requirements is available at the VDACS web site.

An online application process is being developed.

Applicants may also send completed applications or required documentation to:
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Office of Plant Industry Services
Beehive Grant Program
102 Governor Street, Room LL55
Richmond, VA  23219
FAX:  804.371.7793
Processing may be delayed for those applications that VDACS receives by mail or fax.

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