Motorized Stewardship Grants

ATV/UTV grants are available to counties, towns, cities, villages and tribes to apply for funds to acquire, insure, develop and maintain ATV/UTV trails, areas and routes.

Snowmobile Trail Grants are available to counties and tribes to apply for funding to provide a statewide system of well-signed and well-groomed snowmobile trails for public use and enjoyment.


20% Local match required

Stewardship funds require 20% local match. That means no state, federal or in-kind (volunteer) labor is eligible for match. Force account (county, city, town or village) labor, equipment and materials are eligible as match.

ATV/UTV grants

Counties, towns, cities, villages and tribes can apply for these grants.

Snowmobile grants

Counties and tribes are the only eligible sponsors for snowmobile projects.

Eligible projects (by priority rank)
  • Major bridge reconstruction/rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation of funded trails
  • Development - New bridges on existing funded trails
  • Maps (ATV/UTV only)
  • Acquisition of land in fee/Support facilities
Ineligible projects
  • Maintenance on existing approved trails
  • Club signing program
  • Route signing program
  • Development of new trails (maintenance is ineligible under Motorized Stewardship)


Applications are due to your Community Service Specialist in the regional offices by April 15 annually. They may be delivered or postmarked by that date.

Minimum useful life requirement

Because Stewardship funds are financed exclusively from proceeds of the sale of tax-free bonds, the US Internal Revenue Service watches the use of these revenues closely. Inappropriate use of bond revenue could harm the State of Wisconsin’s bond rating. In addition, a group called the Bond Counsel advises all Wisconsin state agencies about the appropriate use of bond revenue.

  • The Bond Counsel has opined that bond revenue shall primarily be used for recreational or conservation practices with “useful life” of at least five years. Specific useful life requirements:
    • 5 years - trail rehabilitation
    • 10 years - bridges
    • 20 years - capital improvements (support facilities such as: warming house, restrooms, trail-head, etc.)
    • Perpetual - land acquisition
  • So that Motorized Stewardship funds abide by Bond Counsel guidance, written agreements that allow the placement of ATV/Snowmobile trails on private land for a minimum 5 years duration must be obtained. We realize that these written agreements have not been required for Snowmobile trails grants in the past; however, this is the first time that Stewardship Program funds may be used on ATV and Snowmobile grant projects.
    These agreements are due within 30 days of the grant offer date.

Funding guidance

  1. Traditional 100% match Snowmobile, ATV/UTV awards will be made before Motorized Stewardship funding is considered.
  2. The Department will follow the existing administrative rules s. NR 50 and ch. NR 64, Wis. Adm. Code which apply to the new Motorized Stewardship grants.
  3. This funding requires sponsors to be responsible for a 20% match. The match must come from non-state and non-federal sources. Volunteer labor, equipment and donations of same are not eligible as match. Force account (county, city, town or village) labor, equipment and materials are eligible as match.
  4. Because Stewardship Program funds are being utilized, any Motorized Stewardship grant of $250,000 or more must be approved by the Joint Committee on Finance using the 14-business day passive review process identified in s. 23.0917(6m), Wis. Stats.

How to apply

Motorized Stewardship Application

Applications may combine more than one source of funds. They may be submitted for consideration of both traditional ATV or Snowmobile funding AND Motorized Stewardship funding. However, in order for your application to be considered for traditional (100% match) funding first, separate applications must be submitted for each funding source.

Use the standard outdoor Motorized Recreation Trail Aids Application (form 8700-159) to apply for these funds.



Reimbursement materials

Reimbursement will be 80% of total project cost, but will not exceed the grant amount.


Minimum useful life - written agreement requirements

  • The agreement must contain language specifying the length of the agreement (in years)
  • An agreement is not needed if the landowner is the Federal government, State government, or county government
  • Agreements must be submitted to the DNR along with the signed grant agreement
  • Minimum requirements
    • 5 years - trail rehabilitation
    • 10 years - bridges
    • 20 years - capital improvements (warming house, restrooms, etc.)
    • Perpetual - land acquisition
  • Sample Written Agreement [MS-Word]

Snowmobile and ATV/UTV equipment and labor rates

Detailed grant pages

Other resources


Contact information
For questions about ATV/UTV Trail Aids, contact:
Diane Conklin
Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 397
1341 2nd Avenue
Cumberland WI 54829
For questions about Snowmobile Trail Aids, contact:
Cathy Burrow
Department of Natural Resources
PO Box 7921
101 S. Webster
Madison WI 53707-7921
Regional Community Services Specialists:
Faith Murray
Brown, Calumet Door, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Marinette, Marquette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara and Winnebago counties
Jillian Steffes
Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Oneida, Price, Taylor and Vilas counties
Ed Slaminski
Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn counties
Walt Ebersohl
Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington and Waukesha counties
Ann Loechler
West Central Region: Adams, Chippewa, Clark, Dunn, Juneau, Marathon, Portage, St. Croix and Wood counties
Southcentral Region: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Lafayette, Richland, Rock and Sauk Counties
Beth Norquist
Buffalo, Crawford, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Trempealeau and Vernon counties
Last revised: Thursday November 13 2014