Off-highway vehicle grants-in-aid (GIA)
First authorized in 1984, Minnesota's Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Trails Assistance Program—popularly known as the Grant-in-Aid (GIA) Program—is a cost-share program to facilitate development and maintenance of trails for use by All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), Off-Highway Motorcycles (OHMs), and Off-Road Vehicles (ORVs) at the initiative of enthusiast groups or clubs, with the support and participation of local government sponsors. It is similar to programs for snowmobiles and cross-country skiing.
Funding comes from vehicle registration fees collected, trail pass fees, plus a percentage of the state user-paid gas tax for each of the motorized groups. The percentage of gas tax varies for each user group and is established by state law (Minn. Stat. sec. 296A.18).
How it works
Off-highway vehicle organizations apply through counties, cities or townships. All aspects of OHV trail development and maintenance are eligible to receive GIA funds, including project administration, site planning, trail improvements, land acquisition for trail development, and trail maintenance. See the Grants-in-aid manual and appendices (below) for more information.
Application forms for maintenance of existing trails are due in the DNR Parks and Trails Area Supervisor's office by November 30 annually. New trail proposals are accepted at any time. Application forms and other program forms are available below and from Parks and Trails Area Supervisors.
For specific trail information in your area, please contact your local DNR Parks and Trails Area Supervisor
MN DNR, Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Road, Box 39
St. Paul, MN 55155-4052
Grant-in-aid trail manual and appendices
OHV GIA Manual (< 1 MB)
Appendices A - F (2.3 MB)
Appendix A: Definitions and Acronyms (< 1 MB)
Appendix B: Statutes (< 1 MB)
Appendix C: New Projects and Environmental Review (< 1 MB)
Appendix D: Parks and Trails Grants Contacts (< 1 MB)
Appendix E: Examples of Forms (< 1 MB)
Appendix F: Trail Design, Signing, Visitor Information, and Maintenance (1.4 MB)
Allowable Costs (< 1 MB; updated 04/09)
OHV GIA forms
These forms have been provided in multiple formats. Contact your local Parks and Trails Area Supervisor for hard copies of these forms.
Combined Funding Application and Project Cost Worksheet - Word
FORMS 1 & 2 combined for ease of printing
Combined New Project Application and Project Cost Worksheet - Word
FORMS 2 & 3 combined for ease of printing
FORM 4: Example of Grant Agreement sent from DNR to Sponsor - PDF
For reference only
FORM 7: Expenditures and Outcomes - PDF
For reference only
Related DNR and non-DNR programs
- MN DNR Recreation Grants
- OHV riding in Minnesota
- MN DNR Parks and Trails Division
- All Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota
- Amateur Riders Motorcycle Association, district 23
- Minnesota 4 Wheel Drive Association, (MN4WDA)
- National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council