We want your support! As an organization that fights hard to protect access for all forms of motorsports, one of the most common questions we get from members is how do original equipment manufacturers support our efforts. The short answer is some have been supportive, and some have not. We are incredibly grateful to have recently received a grant from the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative to support trail inventory work for our engagement in the travel management planning in Utah.
We learned that when we go to the OEMs with a plan and compelling justification for their support, they will support our work. We are working on important things like protecting access to over 10,000+ miles of roads in Utah, we’re the only national group mobilizing to protect dispersed camping nationwide, and we’re constantly engaged in numerous administrative decisions across the nation. We have recently applied for other grants, and one application was for a grant with the Polaris T.R.A.I.L.S program.
One of the sections of the application related to how connected we are to the community of their customers. We have a large base of membership. Our social media followings are decent. And, we are connected to hundreds of groups and influencers who help us spread our message.
Nevertheless, this requirement got us thinking that the best way to increase our competitiveness for grants like this is to show Polaris, and some of the other groups we are applying with that we are you, and you are their customers.
We drafted a letter to Polaris’ Director of Branding and Corporate Partnerships to solicit their support and request a meeting to discuss in more detail our organization’s mission and current projects. We want to give you an opportunity to add your name to this letter.