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ORV Safety Education Grants

Program objective

The objective of the Off Road Vehicle Safety Education program is to promote safety in the use of off-road vehicles (ORV) through education.


Grant funding is made available for certified ORV safety instructors to teach ORV safety classes. Grant applicants must meet requirements, and instructors must successfully pass a background check in addition to obtaining an ORV safety instructor certification.


County and local government agencies, school districts, colleges and universities in the state of Michigan are eligible to apply for ORV Safety Education Program grant funds.

Application process

  1. Grant applications and information on applying for grants are made available in June each year.
  2. Applications are due to the Department of Natural Resources (Department) by Aug. 1.
  3. The Department reviews applications and selects grantees based on eligibility criteria.
  4. The grant period begins October 1 each year.


Grant applications are due by August 1. Grant payment requests are due by Oct. 15 following the end of the grant period.


The time period from grant application to grant award is approximately two months. Grants are issued for an entire fiscal year, October 1 through the following Sept. 30.

Dollar amount available

Grant awards are based on the number of students to be taught, and may be up to $15 per student. No other expenses, such as purchase of equipment, are covered directly by the grant program.


Part 811, Off-Road Vehicles, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (1994 PA 451, as amended)


Grant Information: Parks & Recreation Division, Richard Kennedy, 517-284-6107,

Volunteer Instructor Information: 517-284-6055