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Off-Highway Vehicle Program

The off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant program provides financial aid to government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and other eligible groups or individuals to develop, operate, maintain, and acquire land for off-highway vehicle parks and trails. These facilities must be open and accessible to the public. The program can also help restore areas damaged by unauthorized OHV use. Funds for the grant program come from the State Treasurer's "Off-Highway Vehicle Trails Fund."
The OHV grant program can provide up to 100% funding reimbursement assistance for approved, eligible project costs. Applications for grant assistance must be received by IDNR no later than March 1 of each calendar year. Awards are generally announced within 180 days following the application deadline date.
Examples of eligible project activities include:
  • cost of land acquisition from willing sellers for OHV trails and scramble areas
  • construction, rehabilitation, maintenance and design for OHV trails/routes and scramble areas
  • restoration of areas damaged by OHV usage
  • rider education and safety programs
  • cost of facility security

Grant assistance from this program cannot be used for the following purposes:

  •  land acquisition through eminent domain
  • construction of OHV trails and areas on DNR owned and managed lands, and on U.S. Forest Service lands designated as wilderness or currently not authorized for such use by an approved management plan.
IMPORTANT:  ALL applicants must be registered with GATA prior to the application deadline date.  For more information on this process, please look
2020 OHV GATA Grant Application.pdf


  • Off-Highway Vehicle is accepting applications from January 2, 2020 to 5:00 pm March 2, 2020.


  • The Trails Grant Programs now require a non-refundable Application Fee. Please see Attachment #4 of the Trails Manual for further instructions.