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Snowmobile Trail Grant Program

2014-2015 Grant Review Meeting set for May 29, 2015, in Meeting Room A of the Urbandale Public Library. 

The State of Iowa, Department of Natural Resources, administers a grant program for the development of snowmobile trails. This program is funded from snowmobile registration fees, which are placed into the state snowmobile fund. Snowmobile clubs apply for grants on an annual basis for trail grooming, trail maintenance, equipment purchases, operation and maintenance of snowmobile trial groomers, and insurance through an insurance agent.

Applying for a Snowmobile Trail Grant
Incorporated private organizations, cities and counties are eligible to apply for snowmobile grants. Applying for and being awarded a Grant is a commitment to use the state registration funds in accordance with state laws and administrative rules. The grant application must be filled out completely in order to be considered for a grant.

Application Deadlines
Snowmobile trail grant applications (1 original, 5 copies), must be received in the DNR offices on or before May 1, 2015.

How to Apply
Applications are provided in both a Word and a PDF format. Mailing information is included in the directions.
Snowmobile Trail Grant Application
Snowmobile Trail Grant Application (requires Adobe Acrobat Pro X)

Snow Grant Admin Rules.pdf
Snow Groomer and Trail Development Scoring Criteria.pdf
Snow Amendment Request Letter.pdf
Daily Groomer Log 
Requirements for Using ATV or ORVs on Trails
Requirements for Trail Improvement
Snowmobile Club Insurance Information:

Requesting Reimbursement from an Awarded Grant
Clubs or other governmental entities have from the time the grant is awarded (late summer) through the following April to incur expenses and complete all the required paperwork for the grant close out and reimbursement.  All the necessary paperwork (billing form, groomer log, etc.) has been included with the Grant Agreement sent to and signed by the club or entity. (The Snowmobile Trail Grant Application above is not the proper document to request reimbursement on.)

For more information about the grant program contact DNR Snowmobile staff at, 515-725-8490, or e-mail