LANSING -Off Road Vehicle (ORV) trail grant applications are available in Michigan to public agencies, and nonprofit incorporated clubs and organizations.
Applications are available for grants to maintain existing designated state ORV trails, routes, and use areas; repair public lands damaged by inappropriate ORV use; and develop new ORV trails, routes, and use areas.
Grant funds also are available to pay for liability insurance, leases or easements, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.
"We currently have 28 trail sponsors that maintain more than 3,300 miles of state designated ORV trails and routes statewide," said Steve Kubisiak, DNRE Recreation and Trails Program coordinator. "We depend on these partnerships to maintain the trails, and encourage participation from all user organizations and other public agencies to help us maintain Michigan's great ORV trail system."
Grant applications are prioritized to address existing trail maintenance and restoration needs on public land. New trail, route, and scramble area development proposals will also be considered.
Applications must be submitted by May 1. Any public agency or nonprofit incorporated club or organization seeking an application should contact: DNRE-Forest Management Division, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952.
The forms are available on the DNRE Web site at www.michigan.gov/dnr-grants. Under the Grant Programs menu, select "Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Improvement Program," and then "Forms and Publications."
Applications may also be requested by calling 517-373-1275.
Questions about the ORV program and application requirements should be directed to the ORV program staff in the DNRE Forest Management Division, P.O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952, or by calling 517-373-1665.
The ORV Trail Improvement Fund is made possible by 100 percent user fees that support the program for trail maintenance and development, resource damage restoration, and law enforcement.