11 Snowbelt Clubs Get Grants From Polaris T.R.A.I.L.S. Program

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Polaris today announced its second round of grants from its T.R.A.I.L.S. programs for 2023, and the money is all going to clubs and associations in the Snowbelt.

The T.R.A.I.L.S. program was launched back in 2006. It awards frants to off-road/ATV and snowmobile organizations in North America for various projects for the good of the sports. The grants are announced twice a year. In April, $135,000 worth of grants was unveiled. Total giving since its creation is over $3.3 million.

The batch unveiled on November 16 includes 11 organizations that received up to $10,000 each. They are in British Columbia, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Vermont and Wisconsin.

Kudes to Polaris for this generous program, and our congrats and kudos to the deserving clubs that benefitted. When clubs win, we all win as riders.

Here’s the full press release from Polaris:

Nearly $250,000 donated in 2023 TRAILS GRANTS; More than $3.3 million in TRAILS GRANTS provided to ATV, off-road and snowmobiling organizations across the U.S. and Canada since the program started

Map of the Fall 2023 Polaris TRAILS GRANTS Recipients

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 16, 2023  /PRNewswire/ — Today, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII), announced a donation of more than $100,000 to off-road vehicles (ORV), all-terrain vehicles (ATV) and snowmobile organizations across the United States and Canada as a part of its TRAILS GRANTS program. The TRAILS GRANTS program focuses on promoting safe and responsible riding, supporting trail preservation, and helping protect the environment and natural resources that are a part of the off-road trail systems. Combined with the 14 2023 Spring TRAILS GRANTS recipients announced in April, Polaris has awarded 25 organizations in 19 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces a total of nearly $250,000 through this year’s TRAILS GRANTS program.   

“The local riding groups are the backbone of the off-roading and snowmobiling communities,” said Steve Menneto, president of Off Road, Polaris. “The joy they find in riding and the work they put in so that others may have a similar experience truly embodies everything that is special about our industry. The collective impact of these organizations is far-reaching. Polaris is proud to amplify their efforts and celebrate those who are helping to preserve the outdoors for the next generation of riders through our TRAILS GRANTS program.”

These 11 organizations were named Fall 2023 TRAILS GRANTS recipients and received awards up to $10,000 each.

  • Grand Lake Trail Grooming Inc. (Grand Lake, Colo.)
  • Lexington Highlanders Snowmobile Club (Lexington Township, Maine)
  • Mollyockett Sportsman’s Club (West Paris, Maine)
  • Alborn Sno-Devils Inc (Alborn, Minn.)
  • Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club (Hackensack, Minn.)
  • Lutsen TrailBreakers Snowmobile Club (Lutsen, Minn.)
  • E C Riders Snowmobile Club Inc. (Mora, Minn.)
  • Great North Woods Riders ATV Club (Pittsburg, N.H.)
  • Sno-Bees Snowmobile Club Inc (Barre, Vermont)
  • Sno-Eagles Inc. (Eagle River, Wis.)
  • Thompson Valley ORV Club (Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada)

“A part of our Club’s mission is to promote safe ATV riding for youths and adults throughout Cass County and surrounding Minnesota communities,” said Paul Vashro, president, Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club.  “In addition to helping enhance education of safe riding overall, the grant will enable us to purchase a youth ATV that we can use as a part of our Youth ATV Safety Training classes, helping us enhance the hands-on learning experience for students.”

“The severe storms and torrential rains this summer wiped out our trails – over 50% of our trail system was devastated. Polaris was there to help with a generous grant. We would not have been able to start fixing our system this year without it,” said Dianne Matott, president, Great North Woods Riders ATV Club.

Since the start of the TRAILS GRANTS program in 2006, Polaris has supported more than 370 ATV, off-road and snowmobiling organizations across the U.S. and Canada with more than $3.3 million in donations.

Awarded twice annually, TRAILS grants support the efforts of nonprofit organizations and local riding clubs who use the grant for trail development, maintenance projects, safety and responsible riding education initiatives and other projects. 

For more information, including how to apply for a 2024 TRAILS grant, visit https://www.polaris.com/en-us/trails-application/.

About Polaris
As the global leader in powersports, Polaris Inc. (NYSE: PII) pioneers product breakthroughs and enriching experiences and services that have invited people to discover the joy of being outdoors since our founding in 1954. Polaris’ high-quality product line-up includes the Polaris RANGER®, RZR® and Polaris GENERAL™ side-by-side off-road vehicles; Sportsman® all-terrain off-road vehicles; military and commercial off-road vehicles; snowmobiles; Indian Motorcycle® mid-size and heavyweight motorcycles; Slingshot® moto-roadsters; Aixam quadricycles; Goupil electric vehicles; and pontoon and deck boats, including industry-leading Bennington pontoons. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a robust portfolio of parts, garments, and accessories. Headquartered in Minnesota, Polaris serves more than 100 countries across the globe. www.polaris.com

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