Snowmobile market share leader Ski-Doo is launching a new program that aims to support the sport’s grass roots network with targeted grants to “preserve, renew and expand” the sport of snowmobiling.
The Ski-Doo Snow PASS Grant Program was officially unveiled on Tuesday, August 3. We first caught wind of it at the International Snowmobile Congress in June, when Ski-Doo officials started informing snowmobile clubs and associations of its impending creation.
Under the program, Ski-Doo and its parent company BRP will offer grants of up to $5,000 in matching funds to national, provincial, state and local clubs and associations who are doing things to help the sport of snowmobiling.
The program harkens back to a much-heralded sport-supporting program that Bombardier launched 40 years ago called SnoPlan. Many credit that 1971 launch with kick-starting efforts to build a snowmobile trail infrastructure across North America.
Ski-Doo didn’t announced a total budget for its Snow PASS program, but officials there said the company is frankly hoping to give away a substantial amount of money with the program. So, if your club or association has a project in mind make sure to apply. Kudos to Ski-Doo/BRP for showing tremendous leadership in launching this new program to support the sport we all love! Here’s the full press release, complete with links for more information, from Ski-Doo (below):
SKI-DOO LAUNCHES SNOW PASS GRANT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT GRASSROOTS EFFORTS
Ski-Doo is launching a program to support grassroots organizations involved in preserving, renewing and expanding the sport of snowmobiling. The Ski-Doo Snow PASS (Protect, Access, Sustain, Support) Grant Program will offer up to $5,000 in matching funds to national, provincial, state and local associations and clubs engaged in the many activities that ensure the health of the sport.
BRP’s heritage in supporting recreational snowmobiling reaches way back to helping organize the first groomed trail systems. Many things have changed since then, but in the spirit of the original SnoPlan from the 1970s, the Ski-Doo Snow PASS Grant Program is meant to enable and ensure we can continue enjoying our sport in safe, responsible ways by supporting the grassroots organizations that make it all happen.
Some of the main objectives of the program are protecting or increasing access to playgrounds, making snowmobiling more accessible to all, helping clubs re-invent themselves, trail development and safety Initiatives. Clubs are invited to submit their projects via the online application form @ ski-doo.com (links below) and will be notified by October 15th if their project will be funded.
Canada – English: https://www.ski-doo.com/ca/en/snow-pass-grant-program.html
Canada – French: https://www.ski-doo.com/ca/fr/programme-de-financement-pass.html
Grant Program Basics:
- Organizations submitting an application must be a non-profit or government organization
- Grants are limited to a maximum of $5,000 per request
- There must be matching funds of at least the same amount as requested from other sources