Each SBA young beekeeper grant awardee receives:

  • One bottom board
  • Medium hive bodies with frames and foundation
  • One inner cover
  • One telescoping cover
  • SBA mentorship
  • Bees may be available at cost through the SBA

Young Beekeeper Grant Information

The 2024 application deadline has passed. Stay tuned for news of this year's grant awardees.

Testimonials from prior winners of the Young Beekeeper Grant are available.

Since our Young Beekeeper Grant was established in 2013, the SBA has awarded 19 grants to local students. Many of these students have become quite comfortable working with honey bees and have continued to manage and expand their own apiaries, harvesting honey as well as completing capstone projects that revolve around Apis mellifera.

If you are 14 to 18 years of age, residing in the Harford or Cecil County area, and are interested in beekeeping, you are eligible to apply for the SBA Young Beekeeper Grant! This ongoing grant is offered to promote interest in beekeeping among young adults.

Grant recipients will be assigned a beekeeping mentor and will receive a starter set of equipment. With encouragment, advice, and support from the SBA community, the grant recipient will set up and maintain their own apiary in the months following the deadline.

2024 grant awardees:



2023 grant awardees:

Jada and her dad



2022 grant awardees:

2021 grant awardees:

Ben from the Tome school

Allison from North Harford High School

Andrew from North Harford High School

Photos from prior years: