A previous post on this site told you about the grants from the Tennessee Beekeepers Association. The Blount County Beekeepers Association will administer three of those grants.

Here’s more from BCBA secretary Stacey Adair:

Blount County Beekeepers in conjunction with TBA will be offering 3 grants to new beekeepers. The grant will offer an inner and outer cover, one deep hive body with 10 frames and foundation, screened bottom board, (all equipment unconstructed) stainless steel smoker, hive tool, gloves, helmet and veil, entrance feeder, and a beginning beekeeping book.

To qualify for the grant, (one grant per family) you must be new to beekeeping, a resident of TN,  attend/complete a beginning beekeeping course, be ready to start this spring, purchase bees and additional equipment if needed, and become a member of TBA and Blount County Beekeepers Association for 2 years.

Grant applications will be available at the short course, and we would like to award these grants at the March meeting along with the BCBA grants, so the tentative deadline will be March 1st, 2011. If you are awarded a grant, you will be asked to join TBA for 2 years and Blount County Beekeepers for 2 years. The cost for these memberships will be $60.00. You will also be assigned a mentor to help you for 2 years, and this mentor will be a person who has been beekeeping for at least 2 years, and has been a member of TBA for at least 2 years. BCBA will forego the requirement of recipients of the grants to split their honey crop with the association.

If you are interested in applying for the grant, please make plans to attend the short course February 13 and 14, and pick up an application at the meeting. There is no fee to attend the BCBA short course, and pre-registration is not required. If you are unable to attend the Blount County short course, please let us know and we will try to direct you to other courses in the area which may or may not charge fees to attend.

On behalf of the members and directors of Blount County Beekeepers, thanks for your interest, and we hope to see you at the meetings! Welcome!

Stacey Adair

Secretary Blount County Beekeepers Association

983-6223

blountbees@chartertn.net

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