Workshop set for Jan. 27; grant deadline Feb. 27
Posted: Friday, January 16, 2015 5:00 am
PHOENIX — Arizona State Parks is offering funding from the state Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund (OHV) and federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for motorized trail projects. Project sponsors must complete an application package and submit it to Arizona State Parks by the deadline at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27.
Workshops to assist interested project sponsors will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Arizona State Parks Board Room, 1300 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. Project sponsors are strongly encouraged to attend because processes for obtaining cultural and environmental clearances have changed and information regarding the new processes will be emphasized. Reservations are not required. Attendance by teleconference can be arranged upon request. All potential project sponsors must contact the State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Statewide Program Coordinator, Jeff Prince, at (602) 542-6940 or jprince(at)azstateparks.gov
prior to Feb. 6 to be eligible to apply.
Eligible project sponsors include governmental entities (cities, towns, counties, tribal governments, state and federal agencies) that have a legal responsibility to provide outdoor recreation related opportunities to the public. A governmental entity may need to secure a signed resolution authorizing the application for a project grant. Organizations, clubs, businesses, and other groups may enter into a cooperative agreement with an eligible project sponsor and participate as a third party
Approximately $500,000 from the OHV Recreation Fund and $660,000 from the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP) will be available to award to the selected projects. Motorized projects may receive up to $300,000 in state OHV grant funds without a match. Projects funded with federal RTP funds are required to provide at least 5.7% of the total project cost from non-federal funds. Projects requesting more than the $300,000 must match the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation grant funds over $300,000 equally up to a maximum of $500,000 in total grant funds. Arizona State Parks staff determines which projects receive state or federal funds.
Grant application manuals and forms are available to download from the Arizona State Parks website: AZStateParks.com on the Grants Program page or by contacting Mickey Rogers at (602) 542-6942 or email mrogers(at)azstateparks.gov
. The deadline for the completed application package is Friday, Feb. 27, at 5 p.m.
For information about all 28 Arizona State Parks, the Trails and Off-Highway Vehicle Programs and State Historic Preservation Office call (602) 542-4174 or visit AZStateParks.com
. Campsite reservations can be made online at AZStateParks.com or by calling the Reservation Call Center at (520) 586-2283. Open seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST.