2017 GRANTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

CURRENT AVAILABLE FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

January 2017 Grant Cycle for Motorized, Non-Motorized and Diverse Projects

Arizona State Parks and Trails is offering funding for both motorized, non-motorized, and diverse trail projects.

Download the Grant Manual

Grant Manual Supporting Documents
Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP)
2015 Arizona Trails Plan
2015 Trails Plan Summary
2016 ASP Grant Administration Guidelines

January 2017 Workshop Documents
  • Application Due Date: March 1, 2017 by 5:00PM
  • All applicants must contact Mickey Rogers, ASP Chief of Grants and Trails, to discuss their project no later than FEBRUARY 10TH. Contact Mickey: 602-542-6942; email: mrogers@azstateparks.gov
  • Arizona Parks and Trails will host four (4) workshops in January. Details below.

We are developing an on-line grants management tool WebGrants which we hope will be available by the grant deadline. Applicants will be able to use WebGrants when it is completed and training for this system will be part of the workshops. In preparation of submitting an application on-line applicants will request a Word version of the application by contacting Mickey Rogers, ASPT Chief of Grants and Trails.

GRANT WORKSHOP INFORMATION

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO CHANGES IN GRANT ADMINISTRATION GUIDELINES AND THE PROPOSED USE OF THE NEW ON-LINE GRANTS SYSTEM (WEBGRANTS) ATTENDANCE TO AT LEAST ONE (1) GRANT WORKSHOP FOR 2017 IS STRONGLY ENCOURAGED FOR ANY APPLICANT WHO WILL BE SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION. Please choose from any of the four (4) workshops listed below.

All Workshops will begin at 9am - 2pm

January 18th

Wednesday

Phoenix (AZ State Parks and Trails office)

azstateparks.com

23751 N 23rd Ave. #190, Phoenix, AZ 85085

January 24th

Tuesday

Tucson (Sabino Canyon )

fs.usda.gov/coronado

5700 N Sabino Canyon Rd, Tucson, AZ 85750

January 25th

Wednesday

Flagstaff (Riordan Mansion State Park)

azstateparks.com/Parks/RIMA

409 West Riordan Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

January 31st

Tuesday

Western Region –Colorado River (Buckskin State Park):
azstateparks.com/Parks/BUMO

5476 North US Hwy 95, Parker, AZ 85344

  • Grant staff will be available to help applicants better understand the grant process, the budget and help with completing an application using the new on-line system.
  • Staff from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), Arizona Department of Transportation and the Army Corps of Engineers will present information on documentation required to meet state and federal environmental and cultural clearance requirements.

Attendees will be able to meet staff from all three State-contracted trail crews (Arizona Conservation Corps (ACC), American Conservation Experience (ACE) and YRU Contracting). All three crew companies will be on-hand to answer any questions applicants may have about their project. If you are new to the world of trail building and are not sure where to start the trail crews, as well as Park staff, will help you get started.

Participation Through Webinar: For applicants who cannot attend any of the workshops in person Parks will make the Phoenix Workshop, held on January 18th (9am-2pm), available in a Webinar format. If you plan on attending a workshop in person or by Webinar only a reservation is needed no later than January 14th –please call Sean Hammond at ASPT 602-542-7130 or email Sean at shammond@azstateparks.gov


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Arizona State Parks is responsible for managing Grant Programs administered by the Arizona State Parks Board. Programs include the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Program, Motorized and Non-Motorized Recreational Trails Programs (RTP), and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program.

All grant programs operate on a reimbursement basis. Reimbursements to grantees are made according to the percentage specified in the participant agreement for eligible expenditures included within the project’s approved scope of work.

Grant administration is accomplished through the development of application guidelines and a priority rating system, the execution of Participant Agreements and Preservation Conservation Easement Deeds with grantees, and the subsequent monitoring of administrative compliance, expended funds, and project work.
Download the 2016 ASP Grant Administration Guidelines ( 1.3 MB PDF)

To assist with this responsibility, the Grants staff works with the following advisory committees:

Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission (AORCC)
Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group (OHVAG)
Arizona State Committee on Trails (ASCOT)
Conservation Acquisition Board (CAB)
Natural Areas Program Advisory Committee (NAPAC)

Grant Programs Revenue Sources

Land and Water Conservation Fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (Public Law 88-578) became effective January 1, 1965.  The Act provides financial assistance to states, their political subdivisions, and Indian tribal governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established by Congress through Public Law 88-578, as amended, and receives its revenue primarily from the Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing. The Land and Water Conservation Fund is not being offered for grants at this time.

Recreational Trails Program (Motorized and Non-Motorized Portions)

The 112th Congress enacted the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). It leaves the Recreational Trails Program, a Federal-aid program codified in Federal statutes under section 206 of title 23, United States Code (23 U.S.C. 206) unchanged. The program provides funds for all kinds of recreational trail uses, such as pedestrian uses (hiking, running, wheelchair use), bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, cross-country skiing, snow-mobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles. Each state develops its own procedures to solicit projects from applicants, and to select projects for funding, in response to motorized recreational trail needs within the state. The MAP-21 Act provides funding through 2014.

Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund

The State OHV Recreation Fund, established in 1991 provides a legislatively set percentage (0.55%) of total license taxes on motor vehicle fuel from the Highway User Revenue Fund for OHV management. Approximately $1.5 million is available annually through Arizona State Parks for OHV projects. In 2009 new OHV legislation was enacted to provide more regulation of OHV usage and additional funds to support law enforcement and facility development. All vehicles weighing less than 1800 pounds and designed primarily for travel over unimproved terrain are required to display an indicia (sticker) distributed through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The $25 cost of the sticker is added to the OHV Recreation Fund. State Parks receives 60% of the money in the Fund for projects. 


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