NOVA-Education Education and Enforcement-Nonhighway and Off-Road Vehicle Activities Program


$2.3 million


Grant Limit



Match Requirement



The Nonhighway and Off-road Vehicle Activities program provides funding to develop and manage recreation opportunities for such activities as cross-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain bicycling, hunting, fishing, sightseeing, motorcycling, and riding all-terrain and four-wheel drive vehicles.

A portion of the funding also is available for education and enforcement programs that encourage environmentally responsible use of the outdoors and for helping to minimize conflict between visitors through positive management techniques.

Except for off-road vehicle facilities, activities supported by this program must be accessed via a non-highway road, which is a public road that was not built or maintained with gasoline tax funding. Non-highway roads are found most often in state and national forests and national parks.

Grant Application Schedule

Item Date

Application Webinar, Applications Open

Register for Webinar

August 1, 2024 

Application Due

October 31, 2024 

Technical Review (Staff Review)

November 1, 2024 - December 16, 2024 Estimate

Technical Completion Deadline

January 15, 2025 

Project Evaluation (Written)

February 3, 2025 - March 3, 2025

Board Approves Preliminary Ranked Lists

April 30, 2025 Estimate

Grant Award History

Most recent grants and evaluation results, listed by the application year.

Application Resources

Grant Manual


Application Webinar

Watch the 2022 Application Webinar

Project Celebrations

Typical Projects

  • Building, renovating, and rerouting trails
  • Maintaining trails and associated campgrounds and trailheads
  • Operating off-road vehicle parks
  • Education of trail users

Who May Apply?

  • Local agencies
  • Special purpose districts, such as park districts and port districts
  • Native American tribes
  • State agencies
  • Federal agencies
  • Nonprofit off-road vehicle organizations

Special purpose districts means port, public utility, or park and recreation districts or other political subdivisions of the state that provide services to less than the entire state. The special purpose district must be legally authorized to acquire and develop public open space, habitat, farmlands, riparian habitat, or recreation facilities.


Funding is awarded every other year and comes from a portion of the state gasoline tax and off-road vehicle use permits.

Grant Limits


Match Details

Match is not required but additional points are awarded during evaluation for projects with match contributions. Examples of match include the following:

  • Appropriations or cash
  • Bonds
  • Donations of cash, land, labor, equipment, and materials
  • Federal, state, local, and private grants
  • Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials

Eligible Projects

  • Contacting NOVA users and groups in the field to encourage responsible recreational behaviors
  • Providing information and education materials
  • Protecting resources and facilities 
  • Employing law enforcement staff and purchasing some equipment, both of which must be dedicated to NOVA enforcement and education activities