Funding available now for ORV trail maintenance and safety programs in B.C.

The deadline to apply is February 28, 2020

A row of snowmobile riders pose for a photo on a snowy hill.
ORV organizations representing quads, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, motorbikes and side-by-sides are eligible to receive funding. Photo courtesy Doug Williamson

Outdoor groups interested in funding opportunities to improve off-road riding conditions and safety can once again apply to the Off-road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Fund.

The funding is intended to improve the sustainability and quality of outdoor motorized vehicle opportunities for B.C. residents and visitors.

The total available funding in 2020 is $200,000, with 25% of the money set aside for safety promotion and 75% marked for construction and maintenance.

Requests for funding from $1,000 to $20,000 will be considered. To apply, visit: gov.bc.ca/ORVFund.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified about a month after the application period closes.

Applications will be accepted by any legal entity in the province, except for individuals. This includes:

  • First Nations
  • local governments, such as municipalities and regional districts
  • ORV organizations, including those representing quads, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, motorbikes and side-by-sides
  • non-profit societies
  • businesses

Submissions will be adjudicated by provincial recreation staff, with input from provincial-level ORV representatives.

This is the third year for the funding program. Future planned yearly disbursements will be between $100,000 and $250,000 per year, depending on the growth of the fund.

Created in 2017, the ORV Trail Fund was established as a part of the Off-Road Vehicle Act and regulations. The act requires registration of all off-road vehicles within British Columbia. A portion of the registration fees collected by ICBC are redirected to the ORV Trail Fund.

Additional info:

About 10,000 kilometres of ORV trails are managed by the Recreation Sites and Trails Branch, in partnership with community-based ORV groups around the province.

B.C. has significant ORV riding opportunities, including approximately 750,000 kilometres of resource roads and managed riding areas.

To find a recreation site or trail nearby, visit: sitesandtrailsbc.ca.

Related Articles

The sun sets in the distance above white billowy clouds as ATVs with tracks take a break on a mountaintop in the foreground.
SledLife 10 funky pics and 2 zany videos of ATVs with tracks in action (including an ATV/snowmobile hybrid)

Check out these mondo shots of rad riders on their tracked-up ATVs

A snowmobiler looks out across the mountains in Fernie, B.C.
SledLife, Manitoba Snowmobiling and social distancing: Be smart and safe

The Fernie and District Search and Rescue have some wise words regarding backcountry use amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

by Kyle Born
Backcountry snow biking in Valemount B.C.
SledLife 10 gnarly pics and vids of snow bikes in action (plus two wacky snowmobiles)

Check out these groovy shots of rad riders on their snow bikes

>
View all SledLife articles