Help us restore pollinator habitats in Massachusetts
Each September, our annual Plant Something Bee-eautiful program awards grants of $250 or $500 to Keep Massachusetts Beautiful chapters and other organizations. These grants support the planting of pollinator-friendly plants in public spaces. The goal is not only to beautify public spaces, but also to restore habitat for pollinators.
Bees and other pollinators are in serious decline around the world. The decline of pollinators is caused by habitat destruction, the overuse of pesticides that include neonicotinoids, farming practices that eliminate patches of wildflowers and cover crops, parasites and pathogens, as well as climate change. According to the Pollinator Partnership, the monarch butterfly population has declined by 90% over the past 20 years. Pollinators, including 20,000 species of wild bees, contribute to the growth of fruit, vegetables, and flowering plants. Plants that depend on pollination make up 35 percent of global crop production volume with a value of as much as $577 billion a year.*
The annual deadline for submitting a grant request is July 31. Please scroll down to submit a grant application.
Congratulations to Our 2021 Plant Something Bee-eautiful Grantees!
In 2021, we received 24 grant applications, which represented a big uptick from 2020. Normally, we make five $500 grants. But with the higher volume this year, we decided to increase our grant budget to $3,500. This year’s grantees included:
- Keep Hyde Park Beautiful: $500 grant for the expansion of the pollinator garden at the Roosevelt Elementary School in Readville.
- Keep Salem Beautiful: $500 grant for new pollinator gardens at Palmer Cove along Salem Street
- Worcester Green Corps (a KMB Chapter): $500 grant to add new pollinator flower beds in several city parks
- Keep Ware Beautiful: $500 grant for a new pollinator garden at the Young Men’s Library Association, in partnership with the East Quabbin Land Trust
- Keep Shrewsbury Beautiful: $250 grant for a new pollinator garden at Dean Pond in partnership with a local girl scout troop
- Winchester Grow Local: $250 grant for Grow Local for a new native hedgerow in partnership with the Winchester Conservation Commission
- Marlboro: $250 grant for the Pollinator Preservation Garden at Ghiloni Park
- Swampscott: $250 grant for the small meadow restoration at the Swampscott Middle School
- Brewster: $250 grant for the creation of a new native pollinator meadow as part of the Pollinator Pathways of Cape Cod
- South Boston: $250 grant for Barnard Place Park to buy pollinator plants as part of a new gardening program for pre-teens.
Congratulations to our 2021 Plant Something Bee-eautiful grantees! You are all doing beautiful things for our environment.
The annual deadline for submitting a grant is July 31. Please scroll down to submit a grant application.
Get Your Free Growing Wild Pollinator Kit!
The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Department of Agricultural Resources are partnering with the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association and member nurseries across the state to offer free Growing Wild Starter Kits that will help you plant a pollinator friendly garden. The kits are being given out on a first come first served basis starting on Wednesday, June 2, so you may want to hurry! See locations and get more details here.
We also encourage you to check out the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association's Plant Something™ MA program. Their website provides helpful information to make it easy for Massachusetts residents to plant gardens, trees, and flowers that provide habitat for pollinators. Their site also includes links to nearby nurseries where you can purchase the plants, trees, and shrubs you need.