Polaris has announced the donation of more than $80,000 to off-road and ATV organizations across the U.S. as a part of its ongoing T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program.
The nine nonprofit organizations that were awarded a spring 2021 T.R.A.I.L.S. grant received awards ranging from $6,000 to $10,000 each to support the development, improvement and expansion of trails, as well as, help to educate riders on safe and responsible riding practices.
"The receiving organizations and clubs are made up of passionate volunteers and riders who love our sport – they are the heart of the off-roading community with a desire to help create a safe and enjoyable experience for all those looking to get out and ride," said Steve Menneto, president of off-road at Polaris. "Polaris is excited to help support their efforts and show our appreciation for their passion and dedication through the T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program."The Spring 2021 T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant recipients are:
- American Sand Association (Tempe, Arizona)
- Osseo Area Dusty Riders Inc. (Osseo, Wisconsin)
- Heart of Oregon Corps., Inc. (Bend, Oregon)
- Dexter Rail Riders (Dexter, Maine)
- Garland Trail Hawks ATV Club (Garland, Maine)
- Millsfield ATV Club (Berlin, New Hampshire)
- Minnesota Kitty Cat Racers Association (Lindstrom, Minnesota)
- Christ Miami Corp. (Miami, Florida)
- Atlas Foundation (Dearborn Heights, Michigan)
"We're thrilled beyond words at the amazing generosity of Polaris. The funding that we have received has helped put Garland Trail Hawks on ATV riders' radar for a Central Maine riding destination," said Joe Valentim, president of the Garland Trail Hawks ATV Club. "Now that spring is here everyone is getting very excited to get out there. And with this infusion of funding we're excited to start work on this year's improvements."
Since its inception in 2006, Polaris' T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program has provided funding to national, state and local organizations in the U.S. to help support the future of ATV, snowmobiling and off-road riding.
The T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program focuses on two main objectives: promoting safe and responsible riding and supporting environmental preservations and trail access. Organizations may use funds from the grant to increase and maintain land access through trail development, maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives and other projects.
To date, the program has supported 324 ATV, off-road and snowmobiling organizations with more than $2.7 million in grants.