The first of its kind in the ATV industry, the T.R.A.I.L.S. grant program was launched in January 2006 for ATV clubs, associations and grassroots groups. ATV riders and the trails they use are the lifeblood of the sport and Polaris Industries Inc. aimed to create a program to help. The T.R.A.I.L.S. program makes funds available to national, state and local organizations in the United States to ensure the future of ATV riding. Please note: The TRAILS Grant Program does not apply to Fire and Rescue Organizations.
T.R.A.I.L.S. stands for:
T = Trail Development
R = Responsible Riding
A = Access
I = Initiatives
L = Lobbying
S = Safety
The grant program encompasses two main objectives – promoting safe and responsible riding, and preserving access. Funds can be used by organizations for trail development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying and other projects to increase and maintain land access.
Grant requests received at Polaris by March 1 and September 1 will be reviewed by the Polaris T.R.A.I.L.S committee by the end of April and October respectively. Notifications will be made no later than 30 days after the end of the month of review.
Grant funding is limited to a maximum of $10,000 per request. Organizations can apply for either monetary or product as long as it does not exceed $10,000 and may apply for two grants per year. All organizations must be 501(c)(3), 501(c)(7) government or non-profit organizations.
If the grant is approved, a Results Report will be required as follow up to the project. In order to be considered for a new grant, ALL previous grant programs must be completed with a result/progress report.
Also required is a trail file, either as a GPX or shapefile format, of your club’s trail system. Polaris Ride Command and the related map information is an intrinsic part of the Snowmobile, ATV, and ORV programs at Polaris Industries Inc. Therefore any TRAILS grants that will be used for development, maintenance, or the purchase of equipment to be used for that purpose, must submit a GPX or shapefile of that trail system to firstname.lastname@example.org before any grant funds will be made available.