Polaris announces 2008 T.R.A.I.L.S. ATV grants program
tops $700,000 in grants to national,
state and local ATV clubs & organizations.
From Polaris Industries, May 2008
Polaris Industries is proud to announce the completion of its second year of T.R.A.I.L.S. grants. In more than two years, the Polaris T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program has granted $700,057 in funds to local, state and National ATV Clubs. In this first round of 2008, Polaris granted $108,400 to 11 organizations in eleven states. To date, Polaris has assisted 78 ATV organizations in 42 states across the U.S.
The first of its kind in the ATV industry, the 'T.R.A.I.L.S.' grant program was launched in January 2006 for ATV clubs, associations and grassroots groups. ATV riders and the trails they use are the lifeblood of the sport and Polaris aimed to create a program to help. The T.R.A.I.L.S. program makes funds available to not-for-profit national, state and local organizations in the United States to ensure the future of legal ATV riding.
T.R.A.I.L.S. stands for:
T = Trail Development
The grant program encompasses two main objectives: promoting safe and responsible riding, and preserving access. Funds can be used by organizations for trail development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying and other projects to increase and maintain land access.
"The consistently growing interest in this program is evidence enough of the dire need to secure legal riding places in the United States," said Mike Dougherty, vice president of the ATV division at Polaris. "We are committed to the ongoing success of our program and hope riders at every level will have a more positive riding experience be it locally, statewide or nationally because of our efforts."
The grants ranged from $8,500 to the maximum $10,000 and will be applied toward: trail development, expansion, improvements, reconstruction and connections; an off road adventure park; ATV safety training school and DVD; national forest trail mapping; and lobbying efforts to re-open state forests for off-road vehicle use.
The fifth round of T.R.A.I.L.S. grant recipients are:
North Alabama Trail Riders Association (Alabama)
USDA Forest Service, Cibola Ntl. Forest, Black Kettle District (Oklahoma)
Grant applications are reviewed two times per year -- in March and September, with corresponding submission deadlines of March 1 and September 1. Organizations must have 501c3, 501c7 or non-profit organization status. Project funding, or matching funding, from other sources is an important criteria to be considered for a T.R.A.I.L.S. grant.
With annual 2004 sales of $1.8 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), Victory motorcycles and the Polaris RANGER for recreational and utility use.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ATVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the motorcycle cruiser marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships.
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Pacific Stock Exchange under the symbol "PII," and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index.
Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.
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