Yamaha’s OHV Access Initiative today announced the fourth quarter 2011 awards totaling more than
$96,000 for seven projects supporting safe, responsible OHV riding and open, sustainable OHV access to
trails and riding areas across the country.
Since 2008, Yamaha has awarded more than 160 GRANTs in 33 states securing its place as the clear
industry leader in Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs). The OHV Access
Initiative requires a Yamaha dealer endorsement for each application, facilitating interaction between
dealers and OHV groups as well as encouraging dealer involvement in important projects across the
“Yamaha remains committed to the preservation and creation of responsible OHV areas, and we are eager
to work with riders, riding groups and land managers to continue uncovering and supporting these
opportunities,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha ATV and SxS marketing manager. “Yamaha is proud of our
ability to support the OHV community from a corporate level, but it is our dealer partners who have made
this program grow to what it is today. Given the amount of projects we have supported – even in a
relatively short time – the OHV Access Initiative has transformed from a promising support program to an
established asset and necessary component of our sport’s future.”
The Yamaha OHV Access Initiative is uniquely structured to channel the highest percentage of raised funds
directly back onto the trail. By keeping overhead low and committing all OHV funds to the exclusive use of
the OHV GRANT program, Yamaha has maximized the contributions to deserving projects.
In the fourth quarter 2011 alone, seven organizations were awarded GRANTs totaling more than $96,000
- Northern Wayne Outdoor Recreation Club – Lakewood, Pa.
- Ouachita ATV Club – Mena, Ark.
- City of Earlington – Kentucky
- Keweenaw ATV Club – Upper Peninsula, Mich.
- Rio Grande National Forest, Divide Ranger District – Del Norte, Colo.
- Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation
- Vermont ATV Sportman’s Association
Yamaha is actively seeking qualified projects at local, state and federal levels. The current OHV Access
Initiative GRANT application form and guidelines are available here. The deadline to submit an application
for consideration in the first quarter GRANT funding cycle for 2012 is March 31, 2012.
The complete quarterly review calendar for 2012 is as follows:
Submission Schedule (Approval Deadline)
December 1, 2011 – March 31, 2012 (May 4, 2012)
April 1 – June 30, 2012 (July 31, 2012)
July 1 – September 29, 2012 (October 31, 2012)
October 1 – November 30, 2012 (January 11, 2013)
About the Yamaha OHV Access InitiativeThe Yamaha OHV Access Initiative is the industry leader in
Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANTs). Through this program, Yamaha has
directly and indirectly supported thousands of miles of trails, maintained and rehabilitated countless riding
areas, improved staging areas, built bridges over fish-bearing streams and partnered with local riding
communities across the country to improve the OHV experience.
Each quarter, Yamaha accepts applications from non-profit or tax-exempt organizations including OHV
riding clubs and associations, national, state and local public land use agencies and other members of the
OHV community in the United States. A committee then reviews each application and awards GRANTs to
Examples of appropriate projects for GRANTs include, but are not limited to:
- Trail development, restoration and maintenance
- Trail signage and map production
- Staging area construction, renovation and maintenance
- Land stewardship, trail safety and education
Updated guidelines, an application form and information on the OHV Access Initiative are available here.
For specific questions about the OHV Access Initiative, call Yamaha’s dedicated OHV Access Initiative
Hotline at 1-877-OHV-TRAIL (877-648-8724), email OHVAccess@yamaha-motor.com or write to:
Yamaha OHV Access Initiative Review Committee, 6555 Katella Avenue, Cypress, CA 90630-
5101. Follow Yamaha’s OHV Access Initiative: @YamahaOHVAccess