• Program Objective:

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


    Grant funding is made available to county sheriff departments in counties with state designated ORV trails, for law enforcement and purchase of necessary equipment. The grant program focus is on the state-designated ORV trail system and is not meant to provide funding for patrol of routes open to ORV traffic through local ordinances.


    County sheriff departments in the State of Michigan are eligible to apply for ORV law enforcement grant funds.  Expenses applied to patrol time, operating costs and purchase of equipment necessary for law enforcement work are eligible for reimbursement, dependent on availability of State funding.

    Application Process:

    1. Grant applications are made available in June each year.
    2. County grant proposals are due by August 1 to the Department of Natural Resources.
    3. The Department reviews, evaluates and approves funding to counties based on the criteria listed above.
    4. The Department prepares grant agreements and notifies each county of their approved ORV enforcement grant.


    Grant applications are due by August 1 for the following ORV season.  For reimbursement, a completed State Aid Voucher, annual activity report and other expenditure documentation are due by October 15 to the Department, 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 September 30.

    Dollar Amount Available:

    Funding is based on the criteria listed above and varies from county to county.  Reimbursement is up to 100 percent of actual expenditures, but not to exceed the grant allocation.

    Source of Funds:

    ORV Trail Improvement Fund, administered by the Department of Natural Resources.


    Part 811 Off-Road Vehicles, NREPA (1994 PA 451)


    For Grant related information: Parks & Recreation Division: Richard Kennedy, 517-284-6107, KENNEDYR@michigan.gov

    For Law related information: Law Enforcement Division: Lieutenant Thomas R. Wanless, 517-284-6026, wanlesst@michigan.gov