Minnesota Snowmobile Trails Assistance Program (Grants in Aid)

Program Background

In 1973 the Minnesota Legislature delegated the responsibility of administering a cost-sharing program for the development and maintenance of snowmobile trails to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The goal of this program was the creation and maintenance of locally initiated trails that were financially assisted by the state.

This program is popularly known as the grants-in-aid—or GIA—program. The DNR has been delegated the responsibility of administering the funds appropriated by the legislature for the GIA program.

Minnesota's GIA snowmobile trail system has grown to over 21,000 miles. The Minnesota Snowmobile Trails Assistance Program provides funding mostly for maintenance and grooming, though capital improvement grants for snowmobile trails are also available.

Maintenance and Grooming Grants

Maintenance and grooming grants-in-aid are awarded to local governments (often county units), referred to as the sponsor, to ensure that GIA snowmobile trails at specific times in the year are prepared and ready for use, adequately groomed, and closed at the end of the season.

Through these grants-in-aid, the DNR effectively purchases the service of well-groomed and maintained snowmobile trails. Disbursement of grant dollars is based upon the completion of the four benchmarks listed further down this page.

Applications

Deadline: May 15
Maintenance and Grooming Application Form This link needs Microsoft MS Word to open.

Benchmarks

Benchmark 1: Trail Completion

Deadline: December 15
Trail Completion Benchmark Form This link needs Microsoft MS Word to open. This form certifies that the trail is open and ready for use.

Benchmark 2: Grooming Certification

Deadline: February 15
Grooming Certification Benchmark Form This link needs Microsoft MS Word to open. This form certifies that the trails have been properly groomed from opening day through January 15th.

Benchmark 3: Grooming Certification

Deadline: April 15
Grooming Certification Benchmark Form This link needs Microsoft MS Word to open. This form certifies that the trails have been properly groomed from January 16th through the end of the season.

Benchmark 4: Trail Closure/Application Submission

Deadline: May 15
Trail Closure/Application Submission Certification Form This link needs Microsoft MS Word to open. This form certifies that the entire trail system covered by the agreement has been satisfactorily groomed and an application for the next year has been submitted.

Other relevant forms:

Capital Improvement Grants

While the majority of GIA funding is dedicated to maintaining the existing GIA trails throughout Minnesota, grants-in-aid for capital improvements are also available. These grants are reimbursement-based where eligible costs are matched at up to 65 percent. A guideline for project eligibility is that the total cost of the project should be approximately 20 percent or more of the existing maintenance and grooming grant. See the Capital Improvement Manual This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. for more information.

Allowable Costs This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (updated 04/09)

Applications

Deadline: There will not be a solicitation in FY14.
Capital Improvement Project Application This link needs Microsoft MS Word to open.

Request for Reimbursement This link needs Microsoft MS Word to open. This form is used when requesting reimbursement for eligible expenses.

Work Log This link needs Microsoft MS Word to open. This form is used to document eligible labor, transportation, and equipment expenses.

Related information:

Minnesota United Snowmobilers Association This link leads to an external site.
Recreation Grants
Snowmobiling information

Annual Reports Snowmobile Trails and Enforcement Account, Natural Resources Fund

Contact Information

For specific trail information in your area please contact your local DNR Parks and Trails Area Supervisor. This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.