Jeep parts manufacturer Omix-ADA is writing grants for organizations that "helping to advance the off-road hobby" through its Rugged Ridge Trail Access Program. Get your shit together and come up with idea for making America a better place to off-road, and they'll give you five grand to get it done!

The Rugged Ridge Trail Program was kicked off at the 2013 SEMA show, designed to keep off-road trails open, educate the public on recreational vehicles, settle disputes, and contribute to "any other activity advocating the conservation of public land and access to recreational trails."

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Since formation, the Progam has paid out to the "Blue Ribbon Coalition, Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition, Colorado Association of 4WD Clubs, Friends of Uwharrie, New Mexico Off-Highway Vehicle Alliance, the Off-Road Business Association, Stay the Trail, and Del Albright's Volunteer Leader & Land Stewardship (VLLS) Course, among others."

Omix-ADA's director of marketing says "Ultimately, our goal is to support the people and organizations working to protect access to public land and recreational trails across the country – improving education about the off-road hobby and matters of conservation – so our open spaces remain that way for generations of off-roaders to enjoy for years to come." And of course if off-road trails stay open, Omix-ADA will be able to keep selling off-road parts.

For now, only organizations registered as 501(C) non-profits can apply... but if you and your off-road buddies can't get set up as one yourself, there might be one local to you that could improve the wheeling scene in your area.

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Check out the official application here and spread the word! Off-road recreation in America needs all the help it can get so it doesn't disappear before I can afford to finish building my truck.

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