Funding for Motorized, Non-Motorized and Trail Maintenance Program projects is now open. Applications will be due March 1, 2016.

The revised 2016 Grants Manual provides guidance in completing the 2016 Grant Application for Non-Motorized, Motorized and Trail Maintenance Program projects. This updated manual combines all three previous program manuals.

In prior cycles required application forms were mixed throughout the manual making it difficult for applicants to know which forms/items were needed. In this new process the forms have been separated from the manual document and placed into an application packet -2016 Grant Application Packet.

2016 Grant Manual (PDF Document 8 MB PDF)
2016 Grant Application Packet (PDF Document 885 KB PDF)
Grant Flowchart Key Dates - 2016 (PDF Document 1.3 MB PDF)
2016 Scope Sheet - Motorized ( 22 KB XLS)
2016 Scope Sheet - Non-motorized ( 21 KB XLS)

2016 Mitigation & Emergency Repairs Grant & Application ( 272 KB PDF)
2016 Small Grant & Application ( 267 KB PDF)
2016 Law Enforcement Grant & Application ( 291 KB PDF)

All applicants are required to contact Mickey Rogers, Grants Coordinator no later than February 10, 2016 to discuss their project and to receive a fillable Grant Application.

Mickey Rogers
Grants Coordinator


In the coming weeks we will also provide a sample grant for both motorized and non-motorized projects. Please check back to the website for updates.

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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 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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