ORV Trail Fund

Established in 2017, the Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Fund is funded from a portion of vehicle registration fees collected by ICBC. The fund’s goal is to enhance off-road vehicle trails, providing both B.C. residents and visitors with a quality outdoor recreation experience.

There are two categories in which to apply:

  1. The construction and maintenance of ORV trails.
  2. The promotion and safe use of ORVs.

A five-year plan has been developed to fund future trail recreation opportunities between 2018 and 2022. The planned total yearly disbursements will be between $100,000 and $250,000 per year, depending on the growth of the fund, which is administered by the Recreation Sites and Trails Branch.

Who can apply for funding?

Any legal entity in the province, except for individuals, can apply. This includes:

  • First Nations
  • Local governments (such as municipal districts and regional districts)
  • ORV organizations (including quads, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, motorbikes and universal terrain vehicles)
  • Non-profit societies
  • Businesses*
  • Provincial ORV organizations are excluded from applying for funding (subject to change).

When are applications accepted?

  • Generally, organizations can apply for funding at the beginning of the year, but are accepted into the spring and early summer months.
  • Be sure to check back for more information on when and how to apply.

How much money is available for each applicant?

  • Requests for funding from $1,000 to $250,000 will be considered (subject to change).

Who decides which organizations receive money from the fund?

  • The Recreation Sites and Trails Branch, along with ATVBC, the BC Off-road Motorcycle Association and the BC Snowmobile Federation.

How long do successful applicants have to complete their project?

  • Applicants have up to two years to complete their funded project, whether it is for the construction of new trails, maintenance of existing trails, or for safety promotion activities.

How will the fund be replenished?

  • As more ORVs are registered, more money will be transferred into the ORV Trail Fund.

*Why allow a business to apply for funding?

  • Many businesses, such as forest licensees, contribute to public recreation opportunities in B.C.
  • The province does not want to exclude any organization that wants to advance the development of recreational opportunities.