Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, Bureau of Parks and Lands
12/31/17 Received or Postmarked
Grants of up to $5,400 to Maine incorporated snowmobile clubs to defray costs incurred by preparing trails for snowmobile use, including winter grooming and pre-season work. Applicants must register no later than December 1 to be eligible. Funding must be used solely for the maintenance of trails used by snowmobiles.
Trail maintenance is defined as dragging, or smoothing the snow on the trail to remove the moguls or pot holes, trail brushing, building/repairing/replacing bridges, bulldozing, construction and installation of gates and signing.
Payment is based on actual out-of-pocket expenses incurred in the trail maintenance process, including; reasonable labor expenses and appropriate safety equipment if a person is actually hired to work on the trails, reasonable hourly rate for equipment used, including groomers; purchases of items such as plugs and drive belts, gas and oil; repairs to the snowmobile and drag provided the damage occurred while grooming snowmobile trails specified in the application (only applicable when itemizing reimbursement request), and backing material for signs and bridge material. For snowmobile repairs, the make, model, serial number, and the Maine registration number must be included on the invoice.
The club's trails must be established only on land on which the club has received oral or written permission from the landowners (and tenant, where applicable) to use.
The club and its members must ensure, and continue to ensure, that the trails and related facilities are safe, in good condition, and conform with all applicable laws and regulations, obtaining all necessary permits, including erection of adequate trail signs as suggested by Off-road Recreational Vehicle Office guidelines.
The trails must be open to the general public for snowmobile use, and those landowners and tenants who gave permission to use the land have been notified the trails are to be open to the general public for snowmobile use. The trails may not be a part of a system that a municipality has applied and received a grant from the State nor may they by included or claimed by another snowmobile club.
GrantWatch ID#: 151050
The club grant rate is $180 per/mile up to 30 miles for a maximum grant of $5,400.
To be considered for full reimbursement, the club must submit a completed Request for Reimbursement form (supplied by the Off-road Recreational Vehicle Office) no later than April 30. Only expenses incurred from the preceding May 1st through the date of the request for reimbursement will be considered for payment.
The Club must be legally incorporated with the Secretary of State Bureau of Corporations, Elections & Commissions and in good standing.
The snowmobile club must be registered with the Snowmobile Program.
Snomobile Program registration is done by providing to the Off-road Recreational Vehicle Office a completed copy of the organization’s “Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification” (IRS FormW-9) and submitting the Club Information form by December 1. All snowmobile clubs are required to provide a Club Information form to the Off-road Recreational Vehicle Office annually.
Grant applications must be received or postmarked no later than December 31 to be eligible for a grant for the current winter season.
Grants are made in the form of reimbursement.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Bureau of Parks and Lands
22 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0022
Phone: (207) 287-4957
Fax: (207) 287-8111
TTY: Maine Relay 711