Beehive was a free funding suitability checking tool that used a funder’s guidelines, priorities and open data to produce a report that helped fund seekers decide where to apply.

In a study in June 2018, more than 90% of Beehive users avoided funders they were inappropriate for, or adapted their proposal to make it suitable – saving them time and the wasted effort of applying for the wrong funding opportunity.

Who was behind Beehive?

Beehive was an open source tool developed and maintained by CAST. It was originally founded by the foundation of a group of tech companies in 2014 and has been supported by a number of funders such as the National Lottery Community Fund, working closely with partners like 360Giving.

Why was Beehive retired?

Major development on Beehive and funds to support it ended in 2018. With this in mind it was open sourced, made free to use and set up to operate with minimal maintenance. After almost two years of operating with minimal maintenance we noticed that the data and guidelines which Beehive used to provide its service were out of date, and as such the checks it performed were potentially no longer relevant. With no funding available to update this data the decision was taken to retire the service.

What’s happened to my data?

In accordance with the original privacy policy of the Beehive service, users uploaded some data to the site in order to register their proposal and generate reports.

Any personal or identifiable data submitted to Beehive will be removed from our systems in accordance with this privacy policy, unless we need to keep the information for legal or auditing purposes. Anonymised data may be retained to generate analysis of site usage (such as our insights).

Users who paid for services through Beehive will receive an archive copy of their reports in PDF format.

Still have questions? Contact CAST for more information.