Each year, the Sno Barons set aside a portion of the profits from the September Hay Days Event and give it back to the snowmobiling community. Grants are used to support trail development and improvements. Grants generally range from $150 to $1500. The average grant is just under $1,000, and is generally used for trail expansion, re-routing, bridge work, fencing and signage. While there is always a need for more money than is available, the Sno Barons recognize the need for trail expansion and favor those applications as well as first time applicants.  Applications are available online and should be submitted by November 1st.

The following is a list of grant recipients for the past two years.

2019/2020 Grants

  • Drift-Toppers    donation towards groomer replacement
  • Belle Plaine Borough Riders donation towards bridge replacement
  • Babbitt ATV/Snowmobile Club donation towards trail reroute and brushing
  • North Branch Sno Drifters donation towards New bridges, brush hog, groomer drag repair
  • Finland Snowmobile/ATV Club donation towards new trail signage
  • River Valley Trail Blazers donation towards cat work to repair trail damage
  • Loretto Sno Birds donation towards purchase of a new drag for trail maintenance
  • Hamel Sno Runners donation towards cab enclosure
  • Wells Creek Riders donation towards bridge repair and equipment rental to complete
  • Maple Plain Snomads donation towards purchase of a argo for trail maintenance
  • Northwest Trails donation towards purchase of tracks for trail maintenance
  • Bluff Valley Riders donation towards  trail reroute, gates, dozer work, fence
  • Longville Lakes Area Snowmobile Club donation towards trail rerouting and groomer replacement
  • Mille Lacs Trails, Inc donation towards bridge replacement

2018/2019 Grants

  • North Branch SnoDrifters donation towards bridge repair
  • Monticello Trailblazers Snowmobile Club donation towards trail shelter
  • Bluff Valley Riders donation towards for a bridge
  • Longville Lakes Area Snowmobile Club donation for new groomer tracks
  • Sherburne County Trail Association donation towards new grooming equipment
  • Babbitt ATV and Snowmobile Club donation towards bridge repair and brushing equipment
  • Wild river Snowmobile Club donation towards replacing grooming equipment
  • St Stephens River Runners donation towards groomer repair
  • Ely Igloo Snowmobile Club donation towards bridge repair