Grant Programs

National Land & Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program

On June 16, 2014, the National Park Service (NPS) released guidelines for a new $3 million nationwide “pilot program”. Pre-applications must be submitted no later than 5 pm on Friday, August 1, 2014. Arizona State Parks will then review all statewide pre-applications, and recommend the two highest-ranking projects to the NPS.


July 2014 Statewide OHV Program Project Funding

The AZ State Parks Statewide OHV Program is offering state Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund (approx. $1M) money for eligible off-highway vehicle development projects. The grant application manual is available to printout below. Grant application forms and supporting documents must be delivered to the State Parks office by 5 pm on Tuesday, September 10, 2014.

Grant Workshop

A workshop to assist potential grant applicants will be held at the State Parks Board Room, 1300 W. Washington St, Phoenix on Tuesday, July 29 at 10 am. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend. Access by teleconference is available upon request.

Important Notice – Acceptance Of Applications

All potential applicants MUST contact the Statewide OHV Program Coordinator by August 15, 2014 to discuss their project. Mr. Prince will provide valuable insight on proposed scope items. Jeff Prince, 602-542-6940 – jprince(at)azstateparks.gov
AND all potential applicants MUST submit the Estimated Project Cost Sheet and supporting Scope Item Cost Breakdown Sheets to the State Parks Grants Coordinator, not later than August 20, 2015. Robert Baldwin, 602-542-7130 – rbaldwin(at)azstateparks.gov

Next Grant Cycle

State Parks will announce another Statewide OHV Program Project Funding cycle on January 12, 2015. A workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 27 and the applications will be due by February 27, 2015.


Arizona State Parks is responsible for managing Grant Programs administered by the Arizona State Parks Board. Programs include the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Program, Motorized and Non-Motorized Recreational Trails Programs (RTP), and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program.

All grant programs operate on a reimbursement basis. Reimbursements to grantees are made according to the percentage specified in the participant agreement for eligible expenditures included within the project’s approved scope of work.

Grant administration is accomplished through the development of application guidelines and a priority rating system, the execution of Participant Agreements and Preservation Conservation Easement Deeds with grantees, and the subsequent monitoring of administrative compliance, expended funds, and project work.

To assist with this responsibility, the Grants staff works with the following advisory committees:

Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission (AORCC)
Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group (OHVAG)
Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT)
Conservation Acquisition Board (CAB)
Natural Areas Program Advisory Committee (NAPAC)

Grant Programs Annual Reports

Grant Administration Manuals

Grant Programs Revenue Sources

Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (Public Law 88-578) became effective January 1, 1965.  The Act provides financial assistance to states, their political subdivisions, and Indian tribal governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established by Congress through Public Law 88-578, as amended, and receives its revenue primarily from the Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is not being offered for grants at this time.

Recreational Trails Program (Motorized and Non-Motorized Portions)

The 112th Congress enacted the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). It leaves the Recreational Trails Program, a Federal-aid program codified in Federal statutes under section 206 of title 23, United States Code (23 U.S.C. 206) unchanged. The program provides funds for all kinds of recreational trail uses, such as pedestrian uses (hiking, running, wheelchair use), bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snow-mobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. Each state develops its own procedures to solicit projects from applicants, and to select projects for funding, in response to motorized recreational trail needs within the state. The MAP-21 Act provides funding through 2014.

Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund

The State OHV Recreation Fund, established in 1991 provides a legislatively set percentage (0.55%) of total license taxes on motor vehicle fuel from the Highway User Revenue Fund for OHV management. Approximately $1.5 million is available annually through Arizona State Parks for OHV projects. In 2009 new OHV legislation was enacted to provide more regulation of OHV usage and additional funds to support law enforcement and facility development. All vehicles weighing less than 1800 pounds and designed primarily for travel over unimproved terrain are required to display an indicia (sticker) distributed through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The $25 cost of the sticker is added to the OHV Recreation Fund. State Parks receives 60% of the money in the Fund for projects. 


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