Funding for Pollinator Projects
Flow Hive is donating 100% of profits from sales of our Flow Pollinator House that sold out last year in the United States and Australia. This funding will be directed to organisations that support local grassroots pollinator projects in these two countries.
We are looking to support pollinator projects of all shapes and sizes – from small backyard activities to larger initiatives. Projects can be run by not-for-profit organisations, educational institutes, or by community groups that are auspiced or sponsored by a nominated organisation, or incorporated organisations and social enterprises. A total of 6-7 projects, as well as runner-up prizes, will be funded in both the USA and Australia.
Pollinator habitat is crucial for the existence and wellbeing of all pollinators. Honey bees and native pollinators are responsible for pollinating a third of the world’s food crops.
We are looking to support the type of projects that offer real-life experiences for people to get involved in, visit and be an active part of. We believe that bringing people together in community projects helps to build stewards who will care for all pollinators for generations to come.
Everywhere communities are hard at work protecting and rehabilitating pollinator habitat, and we want to help these initiatives.
Meet Our Judges
Senior Program Manager
Kelly Rourke is the Senior Program Manager of North American focused non-profit Pollinator Partnership (P2), based out of San Francisco, California.
Pollinator Partnership’s mission is to promote the health of pollinators, critical to food and ecosystems, through conservation, education, and research.
Kelly holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has also received a Master’s of Science in Environmental Management (Ecology Concentration) from the University of San Francisco. Her background in ecology, conservation, and culture has propelled her career in the non-profit sector. Kelly manages the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), National Pollinator Week, www.pollinator.org, and P2 grants and scholarships. Through this work Kelly strives to promote pollinators and the critical role they play in ecosystem health and food security, providing humans with one out of three bites of food we eat. Learn more at www.pollinator.org.
Schools Landcare Officer
Lyn Thomson has worked with Richmond Landcare since 2010 as their School’s Officer. At present they have over fifty-member schools. Over the years, Lyn has worked with many schools, teachers and students on various environmental projects, from installing “Cool Cubbies” and frog hotels to studying local wetlands as well as many other projects. A few years ago, she became fascinated with Australian native bees, and began incorporating them into her work.
Many of Lyn’s projects are about pollinator habitats, due to loss of habitat through development. She work with students and teachers to create pollinator habitats that are also spaces filled with wonder where children can learn about the importance of gardens and pollination and the myriad of plants, animals and insects who inhabit them.
Mark Dykes has a vibrant hands-on history of working for honey bees and native pollinators, with a focus on habitat restoration.
He is the former Chief Inspector for the Texas Apiary Inspection Service and a former supervisor for the Florida Department of Agriculture. He has previously worked as the apiary manager for Dr. Jamie Ellis at the University of Florida. Currently, he runs a honey bee education and management firm in Maryland called Apis Works.
Prior to working with honey bees he worked for The Nature Conservancy in Florida in habitat restoration. His experience has resulted in Mark becoming a vocal advocate for a systems approach to habitat management and restoration. He has worked with several government and private entities advising them on habitat management including the City of Austin Texas and private landowners in Texas and Florida.
He's also created and lectured on native pollinators to the Texas Master Beekeeper Program (TMBP) participants. The program encourages beekeeper to learn about native pollinators and how they can help provide habitat. And he has been a part of several native pollinator habitat plantings and research projects with the University of Florida's Honey Bee Lab. Included in this was participating in a Xerces Society planting of pollinator rows at a blueberry farm and installing and monitoring urban native bee nesting sites throughout the city of Gainesville, FL.
Representing the Flow worker bees
Free has worked with Flow for 2 years but has been passionate about bees for as long as she can remember. Fascinated by bees as a child, she would visit the local honey man with her dad and collected her first honey at 9 years of age. Many years on, Free and is still an enthusiast.
She took up a position with the Flow team after seeing Flow on Australian Story and realizing this was the type of company she always wanted to work for. She has now found her colony – it seems it was just meant to bee.
Free is also studying Social Science because she is just as fascinated by the social structures of humans as she is with those of bees. She is constantly finding parallels between humans and bees in the way they cooperate and communicate (and dance!) and is excited about getting more communities involved in supporting pollinators to do the important work they do.
Flow Hive Co-Inventor
Stuart and Cedar Anderson, a father and son team from Australia invented the Flow frame technology, which has inspired thousands of new beekeepers around the world. An invention which took a lifelong love of bees and over a decade of work
Cedar grew up on a bushland “intentional community” in the Rainbow Region of NSW, Australia. He didn’t have a telly growing up, instead he spent his time tinkering and coming up with crazy inventions to delight his friends and family.
As an adult, work revolved his other consuming passion, flight, as a paragliding instructor and capturing aerial footage for Greenpeace.
Having been a third-generation beekeeper since the tender age of six, it was during a particularly nasty summer honey harvest that Cedar decided, “there had to be a better way.” Now, Cedar is at the head of Australian manufacturing success story, Flow, having shipped more than 51,000 orders all around the world.
Do you know of a project or organisation that is:
- Sharing educational materials, events and initiatives to support pollinators
- Planting gardens and creating habitat for pollinators, and/or
- Advocating on behalf of pollinators
If you do, invite them to apply for support for their project as part of our Pollinator Support Program. The funding round is open from 20 May – 28 June 2018
As part of the company’s commitment to business with positive purpose, AU$40,000 (approx US$15,000 in the USA and AU$20,000 Australia) will be offered to not-for-profit organisations, educational institutions and community groups, to projects which support pollinating insects. Organisations can apply for funding from $1000 – $5000.
The Pollinator Support Program will fund projects that, for example, plant or protect pollinator habitat, educate people about the importance of pollinators and how to help them, or advocate on behalf of pollinators.
Program Key Dates
Official Launch of Pollinator Support Program World Bee Day
20 May - 28 June
Funding Application Round Open (6 weeks)
Funding Application Round Closes. Judges commence assessment
Announcement of shortlisted projects & voting open
19 July - 16 August
Vote for your favourite projects (4 weeks)
Announcement of successful applicants on USA National Honey Bee Day
At Flow, we aim to have a regenerative impact on the planet through innovation in beekeeping that connects people to nature and inspires care for our shared world.
A very intricate relationship has developed between plants and their pollinators, as both parties rely on one another for survival.
However, with the increase in intensive agricultural farming, monoculture, pesticide and insecticide use, the very existence of pollinators is threatened, which in turn threatens our existence. Without bees and other pollinators, we would live in a food desert.
As beekeepers, it is our responsibility to look after and care for our bees, as custodians of these incredible creatures.
We can further help bees by providing habitat for them, and other pollinators. By creating a garden mindfully, you can help pollinators—even if you don’t keep bees yourself.
Just like humans, bees need a well-rounded diet, which is why growing a variety of flowering plants (providing different types of pollen and nectar) is so important. Check out our Bee-friendly Gardening Factsheet for more information.