On March 30, 2012, Governor McDonnell signed into law legislation from the 2012 session of the Virginia General Assembly that created the Beehive Grant Fund (Fund).* The Fund will be administered by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS).
House Bill 300 (E.T. Scott) and Senate Bill 354 (Deeds) provide, among others, that “Beginning January 1, 2013, any individual who either purchases a new hive or purchases materials or supplies to construct a new hive may apply for a grant from the Fund. Such grant shall be in an amount equal to $200 per new hive, not to exceed $2,400 per individual per year.”**
Individuals must register with VDACS to qualify for the Beehive Grant Fund.* VDACS is in the process of establishing registration procedures and developing guidelines setting forth the general requirements to qualify for a grant.*
Registration procedures and the general requirements to qualify for the grant will be published later in the year and will be distributed to interested stakeholders, including the various local beekeeper associations.