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Grants to Maine Local Governments for Snowmobile
Trail Maintenance and Development Projects

Snowmobile Municipal Grants

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Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Division of Parks and Public Lands

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12/01/21 Postmarked


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Grants to Maine local governments for snowmobile trail maintenance and development projects. Funding is intended to support trail design, construction, winter grooming, trail development, and the use of heavy equipment. Priority will be given to the maintenance of existing trails, including winter grooming of the trail, erection of trail signs, bridge maintenance, and cutting brush.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Labor; 
  • Materials used for bridges; 
  • Equipment rental; 
  • Repairs and operational costs of the equipment (if they are not considered in the hourly rental fee); 
  • Insurance for grooming equipment if not in the hourly fee and trail liability; 
  • Signing (the funding source provides trail signs); 
  • Brushing; or 
  • Reasonable contract costs (see allowable grant expense sheets), if the work is contracted. 

Existing trail maintenance is a priority over new trail or adding trail.

Some Guidelines:

  • Snowmobile Trails:
    • If there is a "one-way" trail designation, the minimum trail width should be 6 feet, unless where specifically restricted by landowners or authorized by the program.
    • If there is a "two-way" trail designation, the minimum trail width should be 8 feet, unless specifically restricted by landowners or authorized by the program.
  • Snowmobile trails should not be routed over lakes, streams or other bodies of frozen water. If stream or river crossings are necessary, provide bridges at least 5 feet wide or wider if large grooming equipment is to be used.
  • Permits or notifications may be required by LUPC or DEP to build bridges over navigable streams. Consult the trail Best Management Practices manual for guidance.
  • rails should not be routed along steep side slopes or inclines.
  • Trails should be laid out so they avoid conflicting uses or any areas of potential conflict such as tree plantations, nurseries, conflicting uses or other areas where trail development or use might cause damage.
  • Best Management Practices, published by this program, must be followed at all times during trail rehabilitation or
  • maintenance.

For further guidelines for snowmobile trail design and construction, see p. 9 of the Application Packet listed (first) in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148271

Term of Contract:

The final trail maintenance reimbursement request must be postmarked no later than May 15 of the following year in which the project was carried out.

A one-year participation commitment is required.

Towns or counties that participate year after year will receive the application automatically.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An application must be submitted by the town, city or county.

A snowmobile club may not apply for the grant. A club must work through their municipal or county officials, who must submit the application.

Some maintenance of facilities such as plowing remote parking lots open to the public for snowmobile trail access may be an eligible expense, but not plowing club, town, business or groomer parking, no bathrooms, portapotties or landscaping allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline remains December 1, 2021. Applications must be postmarked by December 1.

It is in the best interest of everyone to submit applications as soon after July 1 as possible, because funding is not guaranteed and knowing your funding level is important prior to starting work.

Assistance may be obtained from the Snowmobile Program. If it is deemed necessary, a meeting can be arranged to discuss the program in detail.

Any project single trail maintenance item over $5000 must be pre-approved or is not eligible for reimbursement.

If the request for financial assistance is only for winter grooming, the municipality must submit a list of landowners certifying that permission has been obtained. If funding is being requested for the development of a trail or use of heavy equipment, written permission from the landowner is required. A list of landowners is required as part of the municipal grant application.

DEP regulations require all work in the Shoreland Zone be performed or supervised by a DEP certified contractor/project manager, and in compliance with established trail Best Management Practices (BMP).

All applications for winter trail grooming assistance during the snowmobile season must be submitted to the Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Office.

Under the terms of the municipal grant program, the State can cost share up to, but not exceed 50% when the trail system is solely within the municipal or town boundaries. In the event that two or more municipalities or counties work together in developing and administering a trail system, or when a municipality or county assumes responsibility for a trail system that extends beyond its boundaries or crosses multiple townships and the trail system is determined by the director of the Off-road Recreational Vehicle Office to be of regional significance and contributes to the overall objective of developing a high quality main artery trail connecting one community with another, the project may be considered for up to 70% State assistance if adequate funds are available. The approved percentage may change annually depending on funds available to the program, but will not exceed 70% of the approved cost.

This is a reimbursement program.

For related documents, see Supporting Documents below, as well as the URL for Full Text ("Packets" and "Forms").

Contact Information:

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

Please submit the completed application to:
Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
Bureau Of Parks & Lands
Snowmobile Program
22 State House Station
Augusta ME 043333-0022

Assistance may be obtained from the Snowmobile Program at the above address or by calling 287-4957.

Joe Higgins

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