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Snowmobile Law Enforcement Grants

Program objective

To promote safety in the use of snowmobiles through law enforcement and education.


Grant funding is made available for patrol of the state designated snowmobile trail system and routes connecting with the state designated trails. The number of trail miles within each county and the demonstrated ability to expend the funds effectively are considered in the review of grant applications.


County sheriff departments and other local law enforcement agencies in the State of Michigan are eligible to apply for snowmobile law enforcement grant funds. Expenses applied to patrol time, operating costs, and purchase of equipment necessary for enforcement work are eligible for reimbursement, dependent on availability of state funding and as specified in the grant agreement for each agency.

Application process

  1. Grant applications are made available in June each year.
  2. Law enforcement agencies’ grant proposals are due by August 1 to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (Department).
  3. The Department reviews, evaluates and approves funding to law enforcement agencies based on the criteria listed above.
  4. The Department prepares grant agreements and notifies each law enforcement agency of their approved snowmobile law enforcement grant.


Grant applications are due by August 1 for the following snowmobile season. For reimbursement, a completed State Aid Voucher, annual activity report and other expenditure documentation are due by May 31 to the Department, following the end of the grant period.


The time period from grant application to grant award is two to three months. Grants are issued for a partial fiscal year, October 1 through the following April 30.

Dollar amount available

Funding is based on the criteria listed above and varies between grantees. Reimbursement is up to 85 percent of actual expenditures, not to exceed the grant allocation. A local match of 15 percent of reimbursable expenditures is required.

Source of funds

Snowmobile Registration Fee Fund, administered by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


Part 821 Snowmobiles, 1994 PA 451, as amended.


Law Enforcement Division: Lieutenant Tom Wanless, 517-284-6026, Parks and Recreation Division: Richard Kennedy, 517-284-7275,