Chester County Beekeepers Association Annual Grant Fund

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The Chester County Beekeepers Association (CCBA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the honey bee, beekeepers, and the environment as it affects honey bees.  When possible, the CCBA awards annual grants to support like-minded individuals and organizations.

CCBA 2017 Grant Program Awards

For the 2017 CCBA Grant Program, the Officers approved the awarding of up to four (4) grants, in amounts of up to one-thousand dollars ($1,000) each.

The CCBA Grant Committee reviewed the four grant proposals received as defined by the program.  The following is a summary of the proposals received, and the Grant Committee’s recommendations on each of them.  These recommendations were presented at the June, 2017 monthly CCBA meeting, and approved by a majority of the members in attendance.

Development of a new comprehensive hive inspection manual for the CCBA

  • Submitted by: Robert L. Broadup, Ph.D. (CCBA member) Visiting Assistant Professor – Haverford College & Christopher Mayack – Visiting Assistant Professor – Swarthmore College
  • Funds requested – $500
  • Summary of Project: The creation of a modified but concise, user-friendly hive inspection document that is focused on items most correlated with honey bee disease and potential collapse (e.g. mite count, ratio of bees to brood frames, hive weight, etc., and best management practices drawn from current scientific literature. A laminated full color sheet with photos of common problems to be included.  A second section will identify specific courses of action and provide links to resources for further information or help.
  • Timeline – Spring 2017 to Spring 2018
  • Grant Committee Recommendation: Approval of the full $500 requested.

Development of an Oxalic Acid Based Varroa Mite Treatment “Strip” with Easy & Safe Installation Usable in Multiple Seasons

  • Submitted by: Paul Niemczura (CCBA member)
  • Funds requested – $1,000
  • Summary of Project: To develop and test an effective “dry” application device for the delivery of an effective oxalic acid mite treatment that can easily be installed during routine hive inspections over all or most of the calendar year. This will be accomplished by testing various substrates and adhesives that will permit Oxalic Acid crystals to adhere to a surface that can be placed between frames of brood by hand and left for a period of time.  Once a suitable strip is developed, it will be tested for efficacy in colonies with known mite loads, by sticky boards and sugar rolls with a goal of determining the exposure time necessary for the strip to reduce mite loads to tolerable levels.  OA concentration levels and thickness and size of the strip will also be tested.
  • Timeline – Spring 2017 to Spring 2018
  • Grant Committee Recommendation: Approval for $600 at this time.

 Extend and Enhance the Beekeeping Operation of the Colonial Plantation Located within Ridley Creek State Park

  • Submitted by: Warren Graham (CCBA member) on behalf of The Colonial Plantation
  • Funds requested – $1,000
  • Summary of Project: Reopening a disused park trail to a 200-year-old White Oak bee tree home to bees for over 60 years; Improve and maintain the existing apiary with Bee Gum Hives (hollow log hives), Top Bar Hives, & Langstroth Hives, and; Staff Training in understanding the world of honey bees and other pollinators so that they may more effectively integrate the Apiray Program into the Colonial Plantation Programs.
  • Timeline – 2017

Grant Committee Recommendation: Approval of the full $1,000 requested.

To have the CCBA participate in the “BeeCare” testing service from the National Agricultural Genotyping Center

  • Submitted by: Don Coats (CCBA Member)
  • Funds requested – $1,000
  • Summary of Project: Voluntary participation by CCBA members on the BeeCare testing service by submitting 50 to 200 bees per hive from 90 different hives owned by CCBA members. The collected bees will be mailed to the NAGC location to be tested for 9 viral and 2 bacterial diseases.  If a bulk shipment of 100 or more samples are sent the normal cost of $75 per test panel is reduced to $50 per test panel.  This grant request is asking that the CCBA subsidize members’ cost to participate in this program.
  • Timeline – 2017
  • Grant Committee Recommendation: Approval of up to $500 contingent upon CCBA member participation to that level.

The CCBA may choose to award full amounts requested for grant projects, or partial amounts of funds requested.


Grant recipients may be CCBA members, non-members, or organizations sympathetic to the goals and objectives of the Chester County Beekeepers Association.

Grants are to be awarded on a competitive basis.  Organizations or individuals for whom grants will be considered are those requesting funds for projects which best further the objectives of the CCBA.  Projects should be related to charitable, scientific, or educational programs related to beekeeping practices or education of the public regarding the importance of honey bees in the environment.  Preference will be given to projects occurring locally to Chester County, PA.

The objectives of the CCBA are:

To assist members in the art and science of beekeeping, including sharing effective techniques, coping with problems, meeting challenges, and supporting each other in our efforts;

  • To educate members about, and encourage compliance with laws pertaining to beekeeping including hive inspections and suppression of contagious diseases among honey bees;
  • To promulgate information to the public about beekeeping and the valuable role of honey bees in nature and agriculture, and;
  • To encourage more people to become involved in beekeeping.


  • Please submit a written proposal describing your project in detail, how it furthers the objectives of the CCBA, and a timeline for completion. Also, include a budget outline, and funds requested to complete your project.  Proposals may be sent via e-mail to:  Jack McMichael, CCBA Treasurer at


Grant Proposals shall be submitted by:  TBD for 2018

Proposals will be reviewed by the CCBA Grant Committee¹ as appointed by the CCBA Officers.  Recommendations will then be made by the Committee, voted on by the general membership in attendance for approval.  Funds for approved projects will be awarded by TBD for 2018.

In that event that no projects are found to meet the grant criteria, or if no projects are approved by the general CCBA membership, no awards will be given for this grant cycle.

The Chester County Beekeepers Association retains the authority to withhold and/or recover grant funds in the event such funds are, or appear to be misused.

Final Report

Awardees will be required to make a final report of their project before the end of calendar year 2018.  Reports may be made in written form, with permission to publish in the CCBA Newsletter, and/or as a presentation at a CCBA monthly meeting.


  1. Current CCBA Grant Committee Members (as of 9/26/17) are:
    1. Jack McMichael – CCBA Treasurer
    2. Bernadette Soltis
    3. Bob Angelo
    4. Carol Stanley