Welcome to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division’s Grant Programs

Important Announcement

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The California Department of Parks and Recreation Department, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR), is proposing to amend the Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program Regulations and documents incorporated by reference. 

Any interested person, or his or her authorized representative, may submit written comments relative to the proposed rulemaking. The written comment period ends on July 10, 2023. The Department will consider only written comments received at the Department’s office by that time. 

Written comments may be sent by email or mail. Emailed comments can be sent to OHV.Grants@parks.ca.gov or link to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking above for information on mailing comments. 

Additionally, the Department has scheduled a telephonic public hearing on the proposed rulemaking. The hearing will be held on July 10, 2023 and can be accessed through the conference line number below. The meeting will commence at 2:00 p.m. 

Phone Number: 916 409 6039

Password: 786 198 766#


What we do….

The OHMVR Division manages the Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program (Grants Program). The Grants Program is an annual program that provides for well managed off-highway vehicle (OHV) recreation in the State of California by providing financial assistance to eligible agencies and organizations that develop, maintain, operate, expand, support, or contribute to well managed high-quality OHV recreation areas, roads and trails. Also as important, the Grants Program seeks to responsibly maintain the wildlife, soils, and habitat of project areas in a manner that will sustain long-term OHV recreation.

In addition to the Grants Program, the OHMVR Division is also responsible for the motorized portion of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP). The RTP is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The RTP provides funds to California to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. Click here for more information on RTP.

Did you know…

  • Since the advent of the Grants Program in 1974, grant recipients have received more than $740 million statewide.
  • Grants were first awarded to local agencies in 1974 and in 1979 to the United States Forest Service (USFS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
  • Approximately 80 percent of the OHV riding opportunities are outside state of California managed lands.
  • Through our USFS partners, over 18,000 miles and 269,000 acres are available for OHV Recreation.
  • Through our BLM partners, over 18,000 miles and 478,000 of acres are made available for OHV Recreation.

Please visit the Grants Opportunities page for more information on Grants Opportunities.