Giving Away our Money
Since 2008, the Beehive Collective has given away more than $150,000 to organizations in Raleigh doing amazing things.
We raise funds through membership dues and throwing events throughout the year. Members give away as much as $30,000 to a deserving Raleigh organization at our December meeting. The grant process usually begins in the late summer or early fall. We also award a small grant – usually $1,000 to $2,000 – in the early spring.
** The Beehive Collective ensures a fair and transparent review of all grant proposals. See the Grants Committee’s Conflict of Interest Policy.
2016 Large Grant Theme: Housing and Community Development
Housing is a topic of much discussion as Raleigh continues to grow. Recently, there have been op-eds and rallies devoted to bringing visibility to the loss of affordable housing, particularly in neighborhoods that have historically been accessible for low-income families. The Beehive Collective will make a grant focusing on Housing and Community Development to support a group in Raleigh working to make change in housing policy, to educate and advocate among residents and developers, to keep development local, and to take a proactive approach to our growth. Potential project topics could include, but are not limited to homelessness, affordable housing, green housing, or eviction.
Our request for proposal process is now closed, but please watch for the announcement of our winner in December.
What We Fund
The Beehive Collective Board of Directors decides whether or not to issue a small grant request for proposal annually. This decision is based on the remaining collective funds after the large grant is awarded the prior December. The small grant, available in the spring, typically focuses on Women’s Empowerment and is usually about $2,000.
Early each year, the Beehive Collective membership chooses a theme for the large grant. The large grant request for proposals (RFP) is issued in the summer and funds are awarded in December. The large grant amount is based on how much money we raise from members and fundraising events.
The Beehive Collective focuses grant making on organizations that:
- Demonstrate work being done in Raleigh.
- Propose innovative, program-related work.
- Offer leadership opportunities for women, girls and woman-identified people.
- Offer opportunities for underserved populations.
What We Do Not Fund
The Beehive Collective usually does not award grants to organizations that:
- Cannot demonstrate working directly in Raleigh.
- Cannot demonstrate a need (we are a small grant maker, we like to see that our funds will have a large effect).
- Cannot show long-lasting effects from using Beehive funds.
- Seek capital funds (purchasing land or buildings).
- Propose to use Beehive funds for fundraising.
Frequently Asked Questions
When will the small grant RFP become available?
The small grant RFP is usually available around February of each year.
What is the reviewing process and timeline for the small grant?
The grants committee begins reading and reviewing small grant proposals around March, and will choose three to five finalists. The finalists’ proposals will be available for the Beehive membership to read and vote on in late March/early April, and the winner is announced at an April event.
Why is the focus of the small grant “Women’s Empowerment?” I want to apply for a small grant, but my organization is not focused on this area.
Leadership and empowerment opportunities for girls, women and woman-identified people are central to the Beehive Collective’s mission. Your proposal needs to demonstrate that your project is focused on Women’s Empowerment, even if your organization is not.
When will the large grant RFP become available?
The large grant RFP is usually available in August each year.
What is the reviewing process and timeline for the large grant?
The grants committee begins reading and reviewing the large grants in September and will choose organizations that will receive a site visit. Site visits are conducted throughout the month of October. After that, the grants committee then chooses three to five finalists at our November meeting. The grants committee presents the finalists’ proposals to the Beehive membership in December, and they select the large grant winner. The timeline is not exact each year, but generally works out this way.
Will my organization be notified if we are selected for a site visit or chosen as a finalist or not?
We notify organizations at each step of the process about the status of their proposal.