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ATV Club Grant

Grants to Maine Nonprofit ATV Clubs
for Trail Maintenance and Construction

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Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry - Bureau of Parks and Lands

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07/01/19 Postmarked


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Grants to Maine nonprofit all-terrain vehicle (ATV) clubs to defray the cost of trail maintenance and construction. Clubs must obtain the required registration at least one month before the deadline. Clubs may receive additional funds for expenses related to landowner relations.

For purposes of this grant, trail construction and maintenance includes removing rocks, stumps, and debris, trail brushing, constructing or repairing bridges, and developing erosion control features such as ditches and water bars. It also includes the cost of gas, oil, and reasonable rates for heavy equipment use, backing material for signs and bridges, and reasonable labor expenses if actually paid to a person who is hired to work on the trails. All expenses to be reimbursed are subject to the approval of the Bureau.

The trail(s) must aggregate at least 5 miles in length and must be open to the general public for ATV use. Landowners and tenants giving permission to use the land must have been notified the trails are open to the general public for ATV use. The trails must not be part of a system that another grantee has applied for or received a grant under this program.

This year each club is eligible for an additional reimbursement of up to $500 for qualified landowner relations expenses. The qualifying landowner relations expenses are: Landowner appreciation/recognition dinner, trash removal (white goods, tires etc), or off-trail installation of state approved landowner relations signs. Trash removal and landowner relations sign installation can be on landowners where you don’t even have an approved trail.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171725

Estimated Size of Grant:

You must have a minimum trail length of 5 miles with the approval amounts as follows: $4,000 up to 10 miles; $4,500 for 11 to 20 miles; $5,000 for 21 to 30 miles; $5,500 for 31 to 40; $6,000 for 41 to 50 miles; $6,500 for 51 to 70 miles, $7,500 for over 70 miles.

This year each club is eligible for an additional reimbursement of up to $500 for qualified landowner relations expenses. This $500 is over and above the regular approved grant amount (which is based on trail mileage).

Term of Contract:

Only expenses incurred during the calendar year from January 1st through December 31st are eligible for reimbursement. By example, for a grant approved in July 2019, with expenses incurred from January through December 2019, the request must be postmarked by January 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the grant program, the ATV organization ("applicant" or "grantee") must be a non-profit corporation in good standing. For purposes of this rule, a qualified applicant must be a group formed to encourage safe ATV operations, develop organized trails for the public, and promote appropriate ATV use. The applicant must have a President, Vice President, and Trail master, all of whom must be at least 18 years old.

Pre-Application Information:

-June 1: Register club*
-July 1: Submit grant application
-January 30: Last date to submit reimbursement request

*Note: All clubs must be incorporated and in good standing with the Bureau of Corporations, Elections and Commissions to receive a grant. Annual filings are due no later than June 1 (to avoid late fees) and they are no longer mailing out reminders.
Clubs must register with the Bureau of Parks and Lands ATV Program prior to June 1st of this year.

Grant applications may be submitted beginning May 1, but must be postmarked no later than July 1. No grants will be approved before the July 1 deadline, but approved grants will cover eligible expenses incurred from January 1 on.

This is a reimbursement program. Local money must be spent before State money can be received. A completed reimbursement form must be submitted to the ATV Program.

Written or oral permission from the landowner is required. Documented proof must be submitted with the application. The proposal must also include approved permits by D.E.P. or L.U.P.C., when required for any project.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All correspondence and application forms must be submitted to the following address:

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
Bureau of Parks and Lands
Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Office
ATV Grant Program
22 SHS
Augusta, Maine 04333

Brian Bronson ATV Coordinator
(207) 287-4958

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USA: Maine