This is the third in a series discussing grant funding, including some general editorial comments on the processes, and uses.
You are off to a good start, you have your application in mind, you are tapping into your network of offroad stakeholders, working to figure out –
What does your group really want to address?
Do you want to take on a full-scale maintenance project?
Like the Reno Area Dirt-riders (RAD) who were awarded funding to take on the deferred maintenance of some USFS managed Public Lands and improve the riding for dirt bikes.
The Kokopelli Club in Mesquite who after years of frustration successfully signed the roads/trails in the vicinity of Mesquite and Caliente Nevada.
These are two similar projects in that they are doing the work that typically would be done by the fully funded, fully staffed Public Lands managers. However, these offices are woefully understaffed, have a high turnover rate, and are the first to have their budgets cut.
While these projects are similar in purpose, making trails better, there is nearly nothing else about them that is the same.
The Mesquite project had to devise a clever way to achieve their goals, as those Public Lands did not have the required planning in place to label “trails”, so they were only able to sign the roads using the county designated names. If they had elected to wait until the federal planning was done, and sign the trails with the federal numbering assignments, it would be several years yet. (see the comment above – fully funded fully staffed). RAD was able to work on the existing USFS system and knock out some amazing trails with help of a contractor. While RAD functioned as the project manager.
Both projects were paid for by us, Nevadans who register our OHV.
These projects fit the mission of the Nevada Commission on Off-Highway Vehicles because they were able to function within the guidelines and goals set out by that body and are specifically codified in Nevada law. (Item 4: The enhancement or maintenance, or both, of .. trails and facilities.). Additionally, these two projects were within the scope of previously completed environmental studies (we will cover included studies and give your OHV registration dollars to the government to spend later in this series). It was an easy task to argue for their awards.
Funding complete! Seems like it is all downhill from here-
Again, not so fast, completing the tasks is never easy, the pure physical workload is one thing, and the coordination of volunteers, as well as the actual time commitment to manage the grant add to the responsibility a group takes on. It is important that your group designs a project within your capabilities.
Some other things that are likely to be an easy sell to your group are events that bring people together and clean up the desert. We all know there is a segment of the population who see the desert as their personal dumpster, grant funding can be used for equipment and some other costs associated with an outreach and education day that is centered around desert clean up, as that is also seen as Enhancement / Maintenance of the OHV trails.
Or do you want to take on the Big Deal of projects?
Currently, there is a group in Northeast Nevada that is looking to build a state-of-the-art motocross track. They have a land lease in hand, and nearly all the studies are done. They are hopeful that a successful grant application will push them over the top to be hosting events in 2022. NVORA hopes so too.
Projects can be big, small, or anywhere in between. Take some time, talk to your riding friends. Do you see something that has not been addressed in years and you can’t take it anymore and want to fix it? Put in an application to fund that project. You can contact us at NORVA for advice if you need it.
What is important to us at NVORA as your advocate in offroading is, you see your dollars you spent on registering your OHV going into your home dirt.…. after all, you already paid for it.
Next up is In-Kind funding