Polaris Awards $107,000 in T.R.A.I.L.S. Grants

Lucas Cooney
by Lucas Cooney
Grants given to ATV and ORV organizations

Polaris recently donated $107,000 through its T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program to nine off-road vehicle organizations to be used towards toe development, improvement and expansion of trails, lobbying efforts, and the update and expansion of education materials.

The nine not-for-profit organizations received awards ranging from $7,000 to $10,000.

Since Polaris launched its T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program in 2006, the company has donated more than $1.7 million to ATV and ORV clubs, associations and grassroots groups across the United States. So far, Polaris has awarded 200 grants.

The grant program encompasses two main objectives: promoting safe and responsible riding and preserving trail access. Funds can be used by organizations for trail development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying, and other projects to increase and maintain land access.

The acronym T.R.A.I.L.S stands for:

T = Trail Development

R = Responsible Riding

A = Access

I = Initiatives

L = Lobbying

S = Safety

“Off-Road organizations are the heart and soul of our sport,” said David Longren, president of Polaris Off-Road Vehicles. “The T.R.A.I.L.S Grant Program was developed to support the initiatives of those organizations to help ensure the future of off-road riding.”

The September 2015 T.R.A.I.L.S. grant recipients are:

  • BlueRibbon Coalition Legal Defense Fund (Idaho)
  • San Diego Off-Road Coalition (California)
  • Ravalli County Off Road User Association (Montana)
  • Woodtick Wheelers (Minnesota)
  • Cope Environmental Education Center (Indiana)
  • Southwest Regional Recreation Authority (Virginia)
  • Itasca County Land Department (Minnesota)

State Organizations

  • VT ATV Sportsman’s Association (Vermont)

National Organizations

  • Daniel Boone National Forest (Kentucky)

For more information on the T.R.A.I.L.S. grant program and an application form, visit the Polaris website.

Lucas Cooney
Lucas Cooney

I have been working exclusively in digital media since 1997. I started out with TSN.ca, spending nearly nine years creating and editing content on Canada's leading sports website. I left to join VerticalScope, Inc., one of the world's largest online publishers, to start a number of powersports publications. While at VerticalScope, I've helped create and oversee content for a wide variety of different publications, including ATV.com, Off-Road.com, ArcheryTalk.com, Tractor.com, RVGuide.com, and many more.

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