Town councillors awarded Stroud Beekeepers’ Association a £500 grant.
The 90-strong association has been inundated with new members wishing to learn about beekeeping.
The grant will be used to buy equipment for a taster day and a beginners’ beekeeping course.
Peter Lead, association chairman, said: “This grant has given our training programmes a real boost. Not only can we buy more training materials from the British Beekeepers’ Association, but we will be able to use our own projector and screen.”
The association also run a monthly Buzz Club which encourages children to take an interest in bees. It is held at the association’s teaching apiary at South Woodchester.
Stroud town mayor, Amanda Moriarty said: “As Stroud was the first bee guardian town in the world it is fitting that the town council supports a group which encourages the promotion of beekeeping.”
Other organisations to receive small grants were: Five Valleys Sound (£470), PhotoStroud (£500), Top of Town Community Association (£300) and Stroud Parish Church (£400).
Seven organisations also received grants totalling £15,183 from the Community Support Fund.
Shire Training Workshop, based at the British School, received £3,000 for its Food for Thought Scheme.
“This money has contributed greatly to the running of our community kitchen workshop,” said Dr Claire Mould, chief executive of OPENhouse, which runs the scheme.
“This will benefit the young people we work with enormously, providing them with the cookery skills they need to live independently when they leave us.”
Other groups to benefit were: Maypole Youth Group (£1,700), Home-Start Stroud & Dursley (£813.80), Stroud Valleys Project (£250), Stroud Beresford (£2,750), The Uplands Care Service (£3,000) and The Door (£1,500).
The next deadline for applications is October 15. For more information and applications forms click here.
“We welcome applications from organisations which are committed to improving the quality of life in Stroud,” said Amanda.
The Stroud Beekeepers Association taster day will be held on October 13 and beginners’ course in February 2013. For full details, visit www.stroudbeekeepers.co.uk