USFS and BLM 2017 OHV Grant Applications are now available for public comment.

Posted by Seth Conners

According to Deb Schweizer, The Inyo National Forest and the Bureau of Land Management Bishop Field Office (BLM) have submitted to the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) preliminary applications for grant funds to enhance and manage motorized recreation. The agencies invite public comments on the preliminary grant applications.
These and all other applicants’ grant requests, as well as detailed instructions about the process and how to comment, can be viewed on the OHMVR website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/. Comments should be submitted directly through the division website and sent to the responsible agency anytime from March 7 to April 3, 2017.
The agencies also invite the public to come out to an informal open house happening from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, at the U.S. Forest Service/BLM office, located behind the Department of Motor Vehicles, at 351 Pacu Lane in Bishop. Copies of the preliminary applications will be available at the open house. The public can come by at any time during the open house to review and discuss the grant applications.
Representatives from the two agencies, the Inyo County Public Works Department and others who are submitting grants for activities on USFS and BLM lands, will be on site to answer questions and receive or facilitate comments on changes, concerns and support for final grant applications, which will be submitted before May 1, 2017.



By Seth Conners

According to Deb Schweizer from the US Forest Service, the Inyo National Forest and the Bishop Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management will hold an open house on Thursday, Feb. 2 to gather public ideas for requesting off-highway vehicle grant funds.
The informal open house will run from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Forest Service/BLM office, 351 Pacu Lane, Bishop.
The agencies plan to request grant funds from the State of California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) to enhance and manage motorized recreation in the area. Interested citizens are invited to drop in at any time during the open house and provide ideas for projects and opportunities that could be incorporated into the grants. Representatives from the two agencies will be available to answer questions about the grant process and to receive input for developing the grants.
Preliminary grant applications will be submitted to the OHMVR Division by March 6. The public will then be able to comment on the preliminary applications from March 7 to April 3. Final applications must be submitted by May 1. For more information about the state grant process and requirements, visit the OHMVR Division website at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov
For more information, to submit your ideas through other means, or if you have special needs for accommodation to participate in this open house, call Forest Trails Coordinator Marty Hornick at (760) 873-2461; or BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Sara Manley at (760) 872-5033.


Deadline to apply is January 20th.

By Seth Conners

According to Jon Klusmire at Inyo County, the Inyo County Community Sponsorship Program is accepting grant application for the 2017 yearly competitive grant for events and projects sponsored by local non-profit groups that will be taking place in 2017. Just under $21,000 dollars is available in this years grant cycle.  The deadline for submitting applications, either on paper or digitally, is Friday January 20th.

The Inyo County Board of Supervisors revised the CPSP program for 2017 to create three separate types of grants:  Fishing Promotion, which funds four local fishing derbies and other events during the fishing season opener; Line Item Grants which fund well-established, ongoing promotional efforts or events; and Competitive Grants. The Competitive Grants can be used to fund a variety of projects, programs or events.  In general, the CPSP program is focused on helping local organizations promote activities and programs that brings visitors to the area, and also supports events and programs that enhance the cultural and recreational quality of life of the county’s residents.

The program guidelines and grant application forms can be reviewed, or downloaded by going on line at the Inyo County website.  Grant applications will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. Those deemed complete and eligible will be forwarded to a review panel for evaluation, ranking and suggested funding levels.  The Board of Supervisors is expected to consider the review panels funding recommendations and make a final decision on the specific grant awards at the beginning of February.  For more information call 760 878 0258.