The members of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (ISMA) are pleased to announce that this year the ISMA Grant Program will distribute over $44,000 in grants to 15 organizations in the United States and Canada. The organizations are active members of The Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations or The American Council of Snowmobile Associations.
The ISMA grants are awarded to state and provincial associations based on their support of key issues of importance in the Grant Program. The ISMA Grant Program includes, but is not limited to:
- Supporting efforts which enable snowmobilers to continue snowmobiling in regions and riding areas enjoyed by enthusiasts.
- Supporting and participating in Legislative Enlightenment Rides for elected local, federal, provincial and state representatives.
- Supporting introductory rides for non-snowmobilers have also been realized through the Grant Program.
- Promotion of the Safe Riders! campaign and the Take the Pledge Program – highlighting snowmobile safety and staying on designated trails and legal riding areas.
- In this year’s allocation of ISMA grants, ISMA was pleased to support search and rescue educational projects along with continuing to expand and support safe snowmobiling in avalanche country.
The ISMA Grant Program began in 2001, and to date ISMA has awarded over $831,000 in grants to state snowmobile associations and over $720,000 in grants to provincial associations; totalling over $1.54 million distributed to North American snowmobiling clubs to support key activities that impact organized snowmobiling.
The members of ISMA are pleased to note that matching funds raised by the associations in performing these activities has generated over $2 million in economic investments in the organized snowmobile community. These investments help to improve riding areas, trails and safety training. Joint interaction on the Grant Program supports the snowmobiling community in so many important ways.
The ISMA Grant Program has been successful in accomplishing many small to mid-range construction projects, improving riding areas and trailheads as well as dramatic expansion in the Safe Riders! You Make Snowmobiling Safe Campaign.