The City of Victoria is using a community fund to design and build an apiary to house docile native bees.

The funding comes from the city's first inaugural participatory budgeting process and will support three projects submitted and voted on by residents.

The Urban Alive Pop-Up Native Bee Apiary will receive over $11,000 in order to establish a program to educate the public on the crucial role bees play in the natural ecosystem.

The other two programs include a learning garden, which will be an educational outdoor classroom, and an employment program geared to help the city's most vulnerable citizens.