Arizona State Parks is pleased to present the FY 2013 Grant Application Manual for the Growing Smarter State Trust Land Acquisition Grant Program. This manual is designed to instruct applicants in preparing successful grant applications for funding assistance from the Land Conservation Fund (LCF) for revenues accrued during fiscal year 2013. This manual contains general program information, application guidelines, rating system, and application requirements. This manual supersedes all previous application materials prepared by Arizona State Parks. Manuals dated prior to FY 2013 should be discarded. Applications must be received at the states parks office by 5 pm, June 28, 2013.
FY 2013 Growing Smarter Grant Application Manual ( 800 KB PDF)
The AZ State Parks Statewide OHV Program is offering state Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund (approx. $1M) and federal Recreational Trails Program (approx. $727,750) money for eligible off-highway vehicle development projects. The grant application manual is available to printout below. Grant application forms and supporting documents must be delivered to the State Parks office by 5 pm on Monday, June 17, 2013.
A workshop to assist potential grant applicants will be held at the State Parks Board Room, 1300 W. Washington St, Phoenix on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 10 am. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend. Access by teleconference is available upon request.
June 2013 Statewide OHV Program Grant Manual All ( 1.6 MB PDF)
June 2013 Checklist-Application-Other Forms ( 113 KB DOC)
Cost Breakdown Forms Example Development Project ( 195 KB DOC)
Cost Breakdown Forms ( 132 KB DOC)
June 2013 Criteria ( 77 KB DOC)
June 2013 Criteria Response Sheets ( 44 KB DOC)
Questions may be directed to:
Recreational Trails Grants Coordinator
Due to current budget constraints affecting the agency, the only grant programs currently active are:
For information regarding the Heritage Fund contact the Heritage Alliance
Download Arizona Heritage Fund Grant Investments, 1991-2007, by County & City ( 55 KB PDF)
Note: 2007 was the last year Heritage Fund Grants were awarded.
Arizona State Parks is responsible for managing four Grant Programs administered by the Arizona State Parks Board. More than $4 million is available annually to Arizona communities, resource managers and agencies to preserve and enhance Arizona’s significant natural open space, cultural and recreational resources. Programs include the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Program, Motorized and Non-Motorized Recreational Trails Programs (RTP), the Growing Smarter State Trust Land Program, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Program
All grant programs operate on a reimbursement basis. Reimbursements to grantees are made according to the percentage specified in the participant agreement for eligible expenditures included within the project’s approved scope of work.
Grant administration is accomplished through the development of application guidelines and a priority rating system, the execution of Participant Agreements and Preservation Conservation Easement Deeds with grantees, and the subsequent monitoring of administrative compliance, expended funds, and project work.
To assist with this responsibility, the Grants staff works with the following advisory committees:
Historic Preservation Advisory Committee (HPAC)
Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission (AORCC)
Off-Highway Vehicle Advisory Group (OHVAG)
Arizona State Commission on Trails (ASCOT)
Conservation Acquisition Board (CAB)
Natural Areas Program Advisory Committee (NAPAC)
To see past years' grant awards distribution visit the Grant Award Recipient Library.
The Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (Public Law 88-578) became effective January 1, 1965. The Act provides financial assistance to states, their political subdivisions, and Indian tribal governments for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established by Congress through Public Law 88-578, as amended, and receives its revenue primarily from the Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing.
Federal Highways: The 109th Congress enacted the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). It authorizes the RTP federal aid program and codifies it in Federal statutes under section 206 of title, US Code). (motorized, see Decal Money At Work and non-motorized, see Trails Maintenance).
The State OHV Recreation Fund, established in 1991 provides a legislatively set percentage (0.55%) of total license taxes on motor vehicle fuel from the Highway User Revenue Fund for OHV management. Approximately $1.5 million is available annually through Arizona State Parks for OHV projects. In 2009 new OHV legislation was enacted to provide more regulation of OHV usage and additional funds to support law enforcement and facility development. All vehicles weighing less than 1800 pounds and designed primarily for travel over unimproved terrain are required to display an indicia (sticker) distributed through the Department of Motor Vehicles. The $25 cost of the sticker is added to the OHV Recreation Fund. State Parks receives 60% of the money in the Fund for projects.
The OHV Ambassador Program is eligible to receive support from the OHV Recreation Fund pursuant to OHV legislation, A.R.S. §28-1176 (E) and was created as a result of the identified need from land agencies and OHV stakeholders to increase on-the-ground OHV management presence. The Program provides volunteers with the highest level of multi- agency training for OHV volunteers to:
The Land Conservation Fund: The passage of Proposition 303 on November 3, 1998 established an annual $20 million appropriation by the Arizona State Legislature from the General Fund to the Land Conservation Fund. This annual appropriation began in FY 2001 and continued through FY 2011. With the passage of Senate Bill 1071 in 2003, State Parks transferred $2 million annually to the Livestock and Crop Conservation Fund administered by the Department of Agriculture. As a result, an $18 million annual appropriation was available for the Growing Smarter grant program thru FY 2011. Although the annual appropriations to the Land Conservation Fund have ended, the unexpended balance of funds continue to be available for competitive grants.