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Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Promote Safe and Responsible Usage
of Off-Highway Vehicles and Protect Access to Public Lands

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA

Deadline Date:

12/15/18 Postmarked for mailed applications


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, land conservation groups, and public riding areas to promote safe and responsible usage of off-highway vehicles. Eligible programs include those that educate the public on the proper use of land for outdoor recreation and practices that protect access to public lands.

The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is the industry leader in guaranteeing responsible access to our nation’s land for outdoor enthusiasts. Through this program, Yamaha has directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of motorized recreation trails, maintained and rehabilitated riding and hunting areas, improved staging areas, supplied agricultural organizations with essential OHV safety education, built bridges over fish-bearing streams, and partnered with local outdoor enthusiast communities across the country to improve access to public lands.

The following are examples of appropriate projects for a Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative grant:

- Trail development, restoration and/or maintenance (i.e. purchasing materials, hiring contractors, renting equipment, purchasing tools, and safety gear)
- Trail signage (i.e., purchasing signs, equipment, installation tools, etc.)
- Stage area renovation or facilities (i.e., renting equipment, purchasing materials, hiring contractors, etc.)
- Protecting environmentally sensitive areas from illegal or inadvertent OHV use (fencing, bridges, hardscape, etc.)
- Adopt-a-Trail (renting equipment, purchasing tools and safety gear, volunteer coordination, etc.)
- Trail mapping or Map production (GPS equipment purchase, production, and printing, etc.)
- National, State, Regional Lobbying efforts (hiring lobbyists, funding research/reports for trail access/generation)
- Safety and Education (educational materials, signage, safety gear, events, etc.)
- Wildlife and habitat maintenance and management
- Land management projects that increase the diversity of use of agricultural land
- Establishing, increasing and/or maintaining access to land for outdoor recreation (including but not exclusively limited to motorized recreation).

While all completed applications will be considered, a lower priority is placed upon funding the following activities and requests:

- Staff salaries
- Heavy equipment such as bulldozers, trail groomers, etc
- Facilities without a direct impact on OHV access.

Priority for funding will be given to those partnerships codified by a volunteer service contract or Memorandum of Understanding.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177556

Estimated Size of Grant:

Amounts awarded will vary depending upon the quality of application, project benefit to the Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) riding, Hunting, and/or Agricultural community, need and competition for funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Yamaha accepts applications from nonprofit or tax exempt groups (clubs and associations), public riding areas (local, state and federal), outdoor enthusiast associations and land conservation organizations, and agricultural communities with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding and/or maintaining access for safe, responsible and sustainable use by motorized off-road vehicles.

Organizations must be based in the United States and have tax exempt (e.g. 501c3, 501c7) or nonprofit status. Documentation from the certifying government agency validating tax exempt or nonprofit status must be provided.

U.S. Forest Service properties seeking grant funding for projects must partner with a local OHV riding group or state OHV riding association to administer the application and grant funds.

Outdoor Access grant funds cannot be used to make up the difference in the purchase of a vehicle with the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative's discount vouchers.

Outdoor Access Initiative grants will not be awarded for the purpose of purchasing Yamaha vehicles and the program is not able to donate vehicles outright. Outdoor Access grant funds cannot be used to make up the difference in the purchase of a vehicle with the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative's discount vouchers.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Schedule
- December 16, 2017 – March 31, 2018; application Must be Post-Marked By March 31,2018
- April 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018; application Must be Post-Marked By June 30, 2018
- July 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018; application Must be Post-Marked By September 30, 2018
- October 1, 2018 – December 15, 2018; application Must be Post-Marked By December 15, 2018

Applications can be completed (including submitting required documentation) online. Or, completed applications, including all required materials, can be emailed or mailed to the Foundation.

Organizations can only receive one Outdoor Access grant per calendar year. However, an applicant may reapply each quarter until a grant is approved and awarded.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

Completed paper applications should be mailed to:

Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative
Yamaha Motor Corp, USA
1270 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144

or emailed to:

Phone: 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724)

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming