$108,400 in New Funds Announced
MINNEAPOLIS, May 20, 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
R = Responsible Riding
A = Access
I = Initiatives
L = Lobbying
S = Safety
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
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)
Harlan County Ridge Runners ATV Club Inc. (Kentucky)
Gila Rough Riders (New Mexico)
Gold Country ATV Association (Nevada)
Cedar Mountain Sledders & OHV Club (Utah)
Florence County ATV Club Inc. (Wisconsin)
New Jersey Off-Highway Vehicle Association
New York Specialty Off Road Vehicle Association
South Dakota Off Highway Vehicle Coalition
USDA Forest Service, Cibola Ntl. Forest, Black
Kettle District (Oklahoma)
For more information on the 'T.R.A.I.L.S.' grant program
and an application form, visit the Polaris Web site at
www.polarisindustries.com and click on "Riders," then select "Right to
Ride." -- http://www.pi54.com/ATV/PDFs/TRAILSGrantAppForm.pdf
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.
With annual 2007 sales of $1.8 billion, Polaris designs, engineers,
manufactures and markets all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), including the
Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational
and utility use.
Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry, one of the
largest manufacturers of all terrain recreational, utility and
side-by-side vehicles (ATVs) in the world, and rapidly making
impressive in-roads into the motorcycle cruiser and touring
marketplace under the Victory(R) brand. The Victory motorcycle
division was established in 1998 representing the first all-new
American-made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years.
Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of
Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris
Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York 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 are available from authorized Polaris dealers or
anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.