Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative Funds $250,000 in Grants in 2020

Nov 20, 2020

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, has announced funding for the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative (OAI) grant program’s third quarter, supplying resources to local and national outdoor recreation and land stewardship organizations working to create and protect access to public land for outdoor recreation.

“Enjoying the outdoors has become a primary source of entertainment and recreation for many this year, with some public lands seeing record traffic from enthusiasts,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s Motorsports marketing manager. “The Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is the leading resource for land managers to help ensure trails and facilities are appropriately preserved and new opportunities are created to meet these rising demands.”

The third quarter 2020 Yamaha OAI grants, totaling more than $83,000, were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Joshua Tree National Park – Twentynine Palms, CA
  • Lawron Trail Riders – Bovey, MN
  • Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife – Marriott-Slaterville, UT
  • Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation – Halifax, VA

“These dealer-approved projects will provide a range of support for Yamaha customers and riding enthusiasts from staging area shading and educational structures at Joshua Tree National Park, to snowmobile and OHV bridges on a trail system near Duluth, Minnesota,” Nessl said. “Some of these projects are part of larger improvement programs, and others are standalone efforts that wouldn’t happen without the support provided by the Yamaha OAI grant program. It’s important and necessary work, and we proudly align with our dealer network to make a real, positive impact on our customers’ outdoor experiences and opportunities.”

For more than 10 years now, Yamaha has been issuing quarterly grants to non-profit organizations supporting the program’s mission. Yamaha has funded more than $250,000 in grants this year, and over the life of the program, Yamaha has contributed more than $4.5 million in aid to more than 380 projects across the nation. Yamaha’s OAI-supported efforts work to improve access to public land for outdoor activities including riding, hiking, biking, camping, hunting, fishing and motorized recreation.

The deadline for submission to the 4th quarter 2020 funding cycle for the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative is Dec. 15, 2020 – applications must be postmarked by that date. Submission guidelines and applications forms are available at YamahaOAI.com.