The Fiscal Incentive Grant (FIG) Program can fund a wide range of projects as they benefit Off-highway Vehicle (OHV) recreation. Projects should fit in one or more of the following categories:
1. FIG funds may be spent on the construction, improvement, operation, acquisition, or maintenance of publicly owned or -administered OHV facilities (including infrastructure). This trail work & acquisition may include; the development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities, the purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment, the acquisition of property for trails/trailheads, and the assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance. Projects that consist predominately of trail work will be scored more competitively during the recommendation process.
2. FIG funds may be spent on access protection, such as participating in federal travel-planning processes by OHV organizations, the State of Utah, and its subsidiaries. ONLY counties and political subdivisions of the state can apply for access protection and MUST work with our partnering agency, Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office (PLPCO). A letter of support MUST be submitted from PLPCO.
3. FIG funds may be spent on search and rescue (SAR), such as the goods and services that SAR teams need for an effective response to OHV-related incidences.
4. FIG funds may be spent on education, such as the development and dissemination of publications and the operation of educational programs that promote safety, courtesy, and resource conservation related to OHV trails (including non-law enforcement trail safety and trail-use monitoring patrol programs).
Trail Construction Guidelines
See the Trails Construction Guidelines. These guidelines are general and the applicant should coordinate with appropriate land managers to understand the specific factors affecting trail design and construction techniques based on land management agency policies. All proposed projects shall follow these guidelines.
NEPA Considerations (if applicable)
Projects breaking ground on federal land might require environmental clearance. Applicants should coordinate with the appropriate land management agencies to obtain the correct environmental clearance before applying. You can download a sample environmental clearance form by clicking here. You can view an Environmental Study - Preparer’s Checklist by clicking here.
All applications must be submitted through the online grant portal. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Utah Division of Recreation staff before submitting their proposals for guidance and to discuss project details. You can also learn more about FIG on our website by clicking here. Be sure to also review the FIG FAQs by clicking here.
RTP/FIG Grant Administrator
If you would like a completeness review of your application, please submit your application within Submittable by or before Friday, July 15th by 5:00 p.m. (MST). Program staff will review and will recommend changes the following week.
Submitted applications will be reviewed and evaluated by Utah’s Off-highway Vehicle Advisory Council (OHVAC), which consists of a committee of appointed volunteers across the state of Utah. Once the Council has reviewed the applications, their recommendations will be vetted through the Outdoor Adventure Commission for final review and approval before awarding applicants.
Notification will go out 6-8 weeks after the grant closing date. This may vary depending on the time of year. Partial funding can be requested when a State of Utah contract is in place with the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation.
Adding Application Collaborations
You can add team members to collaborate on the application in real-time. If you click on the "Invite Collaborators" at the top right of the application you will be prompted to enter collaborators' emails. Collaborators will then receive a link and have access to the application until you complete your submission. Only the application owner will be able to submit the application.
NOTE: The Primary Project Manager will be the main point of contact for this project. The Primary and Substitute Project Manager should both create a Submittable account. If at any time, the main point of contact changes, please notify Division of Recreation staff.
Due to annual funding limits, applicants can request $350,000 per application. Additional funding will be reviewed and awarded on a project-by-project basis.
All projects must offer matching funds, and we encourage at least a portion of those funds to come from the project sponsor, directly. Projects that offer more than a 25% match will be scored more competitively. This expectation is especially the case for projects in which OHV recreation is not the only use, such as many interpretive signs, tourism facilities, and search-and-rescue operations. Leveraging support is a primary way for proposed projects to meet the FIG intent of incentivizing opportunities for responsible OHV recreation.
Application Submission and Selection Timeline
Applications must be submitted in the grant portal on or before 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 1, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications will be reviewed on the third week of August, with approvals anticipated in early September. Applicants may be contacted to clarify the details and merits of their proposal. Applicants may also be contacted to arrange on-site tours of the project for Advisory Council members. Applicants are welcome to attend the grant review meeting to clarify their application to the council. No project work can begin until a State of Utah contract is in place with the Utah Division of Outdoor Recreation.