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Grants to Maine Nonprofit Recreational Organizations
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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Deadline Date:

07/01/20 Postmarked


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Grants to Maine nonprofit recreational organizations to maintain and construct trails. Organizations must complete the required registration before submitting an application. Funding is intended for expenses including, but not limited to, removing rocks, stumps, and debris, trail brushing, constructing or repairing bridges, and developing erosion control features such as ditches and water bars. Funding is specifically intended for all-terrain vehicle (ATV) clubs to defray the cost of trail maintenance and construction. Clubs may receive additional funds for expenses related to landowner relations.

Most trail development and or improvement costs are eligible such as:

  • Gas and Oil, Nails and Bolts etc.
  • Equipment rentals, repairs, or hourly rates
  • Bridge and Culvert materials
  • Labor for approved work on the trails

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171725

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum approved amount under this grant program is staggered based on mileage. You must have a minimum trail length of 5 miles with the approval amounts as follows: $5,000 up to 10 miles; $5,500 for 11 to 20 miles; $6,000 for 21 to 30 miles; $6,500 for 31 to 40; $7,000 for 41 to 50 miles; $7,500 for 51 to 70 miles, $8,500 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:

No grants will be approved before the July 1 deadline, but approved grants will cover eligible expenses incurred from January 1 on.

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:

- Grant applications may be submitted beginning May 1
- 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.

All organized ATV clubs that notify the Bureau will be registered. A club must be registered with the Program before June 1 in order to be eligible for a grant during that calendar year.

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.

The Program reviews the reported expenses for approval. If there are no problems, checks are normally issued in 20 working days. The check will be sent to the club president of record and mailed to the address on record with the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands.

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

Mail applications to:
Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry
Bureau of Parks and Lands
Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Office
ATV Program
22 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0022

Additional questions should be directed to:
Brian Bronson, ATV Coordinator
Tel. (207) 287-4958

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