See below for information on PSSA Minigrant Program and DCNR Groomer Equipment Grants
Trail Maintenance Record for Data Collection (in Excel)
PSSA Minigrant Program
Trail Grant Applications
The Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA) invites all legally constituted snowmobile clubs in Pennsylvania to submit applications for available mini-grants. Applications can be downloaded HERE or requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 814-572-7061.
Applications will be accepted until August 18, 2020.
Projects are to be used for groomer and trail improvement/maintenance equipment and expenses, including fuel, on any trail considered open for public use. Clubs should apply to DCNR for groomers. Funded projects that meet these eligibility requirements must be completed by November 1, 2021.
Eligible activities include:
- Maintenance and renovation of existing trails (new bridge projects must be approved by DCNR and funded by sources other than PSSA)
- Development/rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and linkages
- Lease/rental of trail construction supplies, parts and heavy equipment.
- Purchase of trail maintenance supplies, parts and heavy equipment, excluding hand-held tools, chainsaws, etc.
- Groomer maintenance expenses
- Grooming equipment (Exception: Application for groomers should be made through DCNR)
Before making application for a mini-grant, all expenditures and volunteer labor hours from all previous PSSA mini-grant awards (except current mini-grants that have not yet ended) must be documented and final reports must be submitted and approved by PSSA. If a club needs assistance in the application process, the club’s regional director or the PSSA Grants Administrator may be contacted for assistance.
This project was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program Snowmobile/ATV Fund, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and through the efforts of the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association.
Application (in PDF):
In fall of 2005, PSSA’s Executive Committee met to layout a vision for “growing the sport of snowmobiling in Pennsylvania”.
The following year, PSSA presented a proposal to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) that outlined this vision of a viable snowmobile trail system featuring quality trail maintenance, mapping, grooming, and signage throughout the Commonwealth.
The ability to fund snowmobile clubs’ small statewide trail maintenance and improvement projects in a timely manner was viewed as a critical component of the Association’s planning to make that vision a reality.
The Mini-Grant Program, subsequently funded by DCNR and initiated in 2006, is the first step toward meeting that need. PSSA has awarded close to $450,000 to 25 clubs for 130 projects since 2006. These mini-grants aid with the cost of grooming, trail maintenance, and construction.
Subsequent grants PSSA has obtained from DCNR to assist legally constituted snowmobile clubs in Pennsylvania with mini-grants are: in 2010 – $160,000; in 2012 – $80,000; in 2013 – $160,000; and in 2014 – $80,000; 2015 – $80,000.
DCNR Groomer Equipment Grants
Policy from DCNR for equipment purchases and new Trail Equipment Tracking Report form