The last week in December often finds most Americans in the mood to not go into work, burn up vacation time from the last year, or just spending this odd week doing whatever the heck we want. For those of us north of Goldfield, This week means staying indoors until when, hopefully, the weather finally starts to clear.
The amount of snow we have had so far is a welcome reprieve from the drought and will keep the dust down for weeks and weeks after the snow is finally gone, and we all head out to hit the trails again.
While many groups like the Nevada Offroad Association, take this time to reflect on what the previous year has brought our community, we still have current information to share, we will get to the annual round up later this week.
Let’s be realistic, when it comes to the December holiday season, as Nevada’s motorized offroad advocates, naturally our missions tend to follow the traditions of Festivus, especially the “Airing of Grievances”.
But not this year, we set aside those annual traditions so we could attend the two-day meeting of the Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles, where the grant requests for OHV focused projects were presented and awarded.
This cannot be overstated enough.
When the commission agrees to meet for two days so close to the holidays – This is a lot to ask of any volunteer. But all the commissioners met that call.
We cannot be more appreciative of their efforts.
Thank You Commissioners!
The format of the meeting is over two days, the first day and a half applicants have the opportunity to present and defend their submission. The second afternoon the commission takes on their scoring of the grants and awards the funding. The format is such that applicants, their advocates, or detractors have made their arguments and that afternoon there is no public comment. This is the equivalent of a jury deliberation and that was mostly adhered to. It is however a public meeting, and the public has the opportunity, like all public meetings, to make a comment at the end.
No process is flawless, and there is still room to improve on this, but it does work, and we hope in the next 12 weeks or so we can fine tune the process before the next submission deadline in June.
Now let’s get to the data.
We are looking to three types of applicants.
1. Club or user groups – those who have a direct line to the members of the OHV community who pay for the grant fund, Clubs, Associations, or user groups.
2. Education – Training, stewardship, national or regional advocacy.
3. Government – funding for studies, construction by the Government or their contractors, or those directly controlled by them.
The oldest listing publicly available on the NVOHV website is from the grants awarded for 2019. We have included the comparison to the 2022 awardees, in the table below.
A few things stand out. It is nice to see a 25% increase in participants that received funding. (Roughly 15-20 % of applications are not awarded any funding in any given year)
As we noted earlier NVORA had a hand in shepherding in grants with project totals over 1.5million dollars, all of which were approved. If we add in grants that we provided our support with letters of recommendation, general conversations, and advice, we participated in 12 of the 22 grants that were successful, accounting for 64% of the funding awarded!
One of the other things that are a delight to see is of the 22 grant recipients, awarded a total of $685,000 – just over 49% — were to Nevada Offroad Clubs!
It is not that we are against funding the government, that is the necessity of our land use policy here in the Battle Born state, it is just a delight to see clubs stepping up and taking ownership of their home dirt.
We have also included a listing of the grants awarded and their scores below.
These results are from our notes, and we may have some errors, and will update the totals as soon as we have official information.
On a sad note, we the OHV community, leftover $80,000 on the table, that 80K should have gone to your local club to take on some of the projects that are allowed by the regulations and where your club could make a difference.
Whattaya say – you put in an application for the summer round? Contact us at Info@Nevadaoffroad.us and let us help you put your registration dollars back into your home dirt.