The Off Highway Motor Vehicle Trust Fund was established under the California Vehicle Code 38000, Chappie-Z’berg Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Law of 1971 as a user funded program to provide for motorized recreation opportunities for the State of California. The legislation established a “trust fund” that is controlled by Public Resources Code 5090 and California Code of Regulations 4970 to issue grants and cooperative agreements to local and federal agencies to provide for and manage motorized recreation opportunities.
The OHMVR Grants were grouped in two broad categories: Conservation and Enforcement (CESA) and non-CESA. The CESA grants encompass the sub-categories of Restoration, Law Enforcement, and Conservation. The non-CESA grants cover a broad range of sub-categories including facilities operation, trail maintenance, acquisition, and safety.
Beginning with the 2005 grant cycle, the Off Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division of California State Parks implemented a competitive grant application review process to address a critical finding identified in the OHV program audit conducted by the California Bureau of State Audits.
SB-742 modified the grant process into four categories: Education and Safety; Law Enforcement, Operation and Maintenance; and Restoration.
The below chart provides for a summation of funding per grant category from 1975-2012.
Grant Totals by Year for Grant Categories