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Good Neighbor Grants

SAX-ZIM BOG GOOD NEIGHBOR FUND

APPLICATION

The Friends of Sax-Zim Bog are pleased to announce a major new program: The Sax-Zim Bog Good Neighbor Fund is established via a major gift in honor of Dr. Dwight and Janet Hoeg of Duluth. Dwight and Janet’s sons, Will and Rich and their spouses, desired to recognize their parents with this fitting memorial which helps others enjoy the beauty of the Northland in a manner similar to their parents.

This Fund will be a permanent endowment in order to fund yearly Grants.

Grant Guidelines

Who is Eligible?

Applicants applying for projects on private property (feeders, ponds, trails) must be seasonal or year-round residents of the Sax-Zim Bog area. All projects must be implemented in the Sax-Zim Bog area (including but not limited to Meadowlands, Cotton, Toivola and Zim). There is no location restriction for schools applying for field trips.

Determination and Approval

All applications, once received, will be reviewed by the FOSZB Good Neighbor Grant Committee and voted on for approval. These meetings take place every two months. Applicants will be notified by email, phone, or mail if there application has been funded. Checks will be sent out in a timely manner.

Grant Amounts: $25 to $2000

Deadline: Grants will be accepted year-round. You may apply only once in a calendar year, but you can apply in consecutive years.

Reporting: Successful applicants will be required to submit a report on the results of their project.

What types of Projects are Eligible?

Projects must be designed to benefit birders, naturalists and photographers (whether from Zim or Zimbabwe!) who are visiting the Sax-Zim Bog.

  • purchasing bird feed for established WINTER bird feeding stations (Must be open to viewing by the public)
  • purchasing new bird feeders for WINTER bird feeding station (Must be open to viewing by the public)
  • creating photography and bird watching blinds (Sharp-tailed Grouse lek?, pond, etc.)
  • boardwalks and trails open to the public for birding and photography
  • school field trips to the Welcome Center with interpretive program by FOSZB Naturalist
  • butterfly garden (for observation and photography)
  • dragonfly or wildlife pond (for observation and photography)
  • visit to your school by FOSZB naturalist to give an educational program
  • community field trips to the Friends of Sax-Zim Bog Welcome Center with interpretive program by FOSZB Naturalist
  • other projects that encourage local participation and education centered around the Sax-Zim Bog

APPLICATIONS FOR BIRD FEEDERS, BIRD SEED, TRAILS, BOARDWALKS, PHOTO BLINDS, PONDS, GARDENS, ETC…MUST BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (BOTH LOCALS AND VISITING BIRDERS) DURING APPROPRIATE TIMES  EVEN IF ON PRIVATE PROPERTY
(e.g. A winter bird feeding station should be open to the public all winter during daylight hours. It is assumed that the feeding station will not be in operation during spring, summer and fall)
(e.g. A butterfly garden should be open to the public during the summer only)
Property owner is allowed to post “Open” and “Closed” times at the site.

How to Apply

Fill out and print the APPLICATION and either scan and email to info@saxzim.org or mail to FOSZB, PO Box 3585, Duluth, MN 55803

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