Cal4Wheel Conservation & Education Foundation

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The charter of the Foundation is to acquire resources from public and private sources to develop programs supporting resource conservation, public education, four-wheel drive vehicle driving safety, and related areas.

CHARITABLE Non-profit:

The Foundation is registered in California and IRS certified as a 501(c)(3) charity non-profit corporation. A copy of IRS Letter of Determination is available upon request.

Board of Trustees:

The Board of Trustees governs the Foundation. It is made up of the president and the three vice presidents of the California Four Wheel Drive Association, plus two Trustees-at-large, one to five trustees representing businesses, agencies or individuals who provide financial or in-kind contributions to the Foundation.

What we do:

The Foundation seeks grants to fund conservation and education projects related to four-wheel drive recreation throughout California. Such projects include resource conservation, public education, four-wheel drive vehicle driving safety, and related areas. We provide grants to Cal4Wheel member clubs and individuals to assist the goals of the Foundation.


OHV Green Sticker Grant Open House

The Cal4Wheel Conservation and Education Foundation is requesting the public’s comment for the 2019/2020 California State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle (OHV) Green Sticker Grant funding and proposal submission cycle by hosting an Open House Meeting for the 2020 Season:

When: Friday, February 15, 2019 6:00pm- 6:30pm
Where:  Cal4Wheel Annual Convention. Sacramento Marriott, 11211 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

Each year the State of California makes funding available through the OHV Grants Program. The grants program provides financial assistance to eligible agencies and organizations (federal, city, county, nonprofit, etc.) that develop, expand, maintain, operate, support, or contribute to well-managed, high-quality, OHV recreation areas, roads and trails.

Once again the State of California has funds that are available for education, safety,  ground operation and maintenance, law enforcement and restoration projects. The Cal4Wheel Foundation will be submitting an OHV grant application for funding for an education and safety grant. This OHMVR Division Grant will provide the funding for the foundation to educate the OHV public with the publication of a coloring book for children, a 4WD Safety Handbook and Yellow Trash Bags. The coloring books will be in black and white fun activities the children can enjoy with coloring pen, crayons, etc.. All focused on OHV vehicles, roads, trails and mountains. The 4WD Safety Handbook will be full color with the concentrating on how to use your 4wd vehicle safely and how to get the most out of it. The yellow trash bags will be to educate the public on the importance of packing out everything you pack in. One of the goals is to get everyone to understand that we all need to pick up trash along the way even if it’s not yours. The message on the bags will be conservation must start with you!

As part of the application process, the Cal4Wheel Foundation is requesting the public’s comment on our grant project proposal. The preliminary grant proposal will be made available March 4th on the on California Off Highway Motor Vehicle website at Click on Grants, click on On-Line Grants Application (OLGA), click on Public Review instructions and Review Preliminary Applications located in light blue box on the left side of the page. Search for “CA4WDC Conservation & Education Foundation”.

The Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program allows for a thirty (30) day public review and comment period. This period provides an opportunity for the public to review the preliminary applications and provide comments to the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division for consideration during the current grant cycle.

The public comment period begins March 05 through May 06, 2019.

Public comments shall be submitted to both the Applicant as well as the OHMVR Division by e-mailing the contact person listed on the preliminary application and carbon copying (cc) the OHMVR Division at NOTE: The contact person may be found in their notice to the public or in the ‘General Application Requirements’ under items 3. Contact, Project Administrator.

The following are important dates to remember for the 2018/2019 OHV Grant submittal and funding process.

2019/2020 Grant Cycle – Important Dates

January 7 – 11, 2019 OHV Grant Program workshops
Monday, January 14, 2019 Grant application process begins – Application materials are available via the OHMVR Division’s website
Friday, February 15, 2019 Cal4Wheel Foundation public input
Monday, March 4, 2019 Preliminary applications are due by 5:00pm
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 to Monday, May 6, 2019 Public review and comment period
Monday, June 3, 2019 Final applications are due
June and July 2019 OHMVR Division review of final applications
Monday, August 5, 2019 Application Results - Intent to Award posted on the OHMVR Division’s website
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 to Wednesday, September 4, 2019 Thirty (30) calendar day appeal period
Thursday, September 5, 2019 Final awards posted on the OHMVR Division’s website upon resolution of any appeals

Each year the State of California makes funding available through the OHV Grants Program. The grants program provides financial assistance to eligible agencies and organizations (federal, city, county, nonprofit, etc.) that develop, maintain, operate, expand, support, or contribute to well-managed, high-quality, OHV recreation areas, roads and trails.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of between six and eleven members.
  • Board of Trustee President - Mike McGarity
  • Board of Trustee VP - Steve Gardiner
  • President - Steve Egbert
  • North District VP - Glenn Reynolds
  • South District VP - Alan Bauer
  • Foundation Recording Secretary - Cheryl May
  • Foundation Treasurer - Steve Egbert
One to five trustees representing firms, agencies or individuals:
  • Jeff Blewett
  • Jesse May
  • Don Spuhler
  • Ryan Choate
  • Bryan Weldrick


The Foundation depends on your donations to operate its programs. All donations to the Foundation (a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit corporation) may be tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor/account for deductible status. An IRS Letter of Determination is available upon request.

Glass jar with money for college

Valley 4xs 4 Children Run
Thru the Valley Toy Drive

The Cal4Wheel Foundation seeks donations to purchase as many toys as possible by the first Saturday in December. This is the day of the run. There are several Central California valley clubs that converge upon Valley Children's Hospital from all four corners of the valley, stretching all the way to the coast. This has truly become the largest toy drive in the valley. This would not be possible without the generous donations from individuals like you. Having you participate in a sponsorship of our event allows us to increase our ability to donate as many toys as we can to the hospital. We hope you will consider donating this year.

Funds are available for club conservation projects

Note: Applications must be returned at least 30 days prior to project date for approval process and funding. Not all grant application are guaranteed to be funded due to number of applications, time and total amount of funding available.


The Cal4Wheel non-profit foundation now has money for association clubs and members who perform conservation and education projects.

We want you to know that if your club or group has a much needed work day project to do that will benefit the OHV community, we can give you a grant to help make it happen.

Typical improvement projects funded are related to our four-wheeling areas on public or private lands. Typically, they are some form of land improvements or area clean-ups. The money can be used for anything related to the project from tools to food for your hard working volunteers.

Trail Busters use grant for work project

Alan Spires, Trail Busters Treasurer

Trail Busters Four Wheel Drive Club of Kings County would like to thank the foundation for their grant of $250. This grant was utilized to provide food, water, gas and chain oil for our trail work that was conducted in the Blue Canyon area of the Sierra National Forest. We fed over 25 members of Trail Busters, Ditch Bank Off roaders, 4X4Him and Fresno 4WDC. In all over 300 trees were removed, 40 water bars were built or maintained, Bretz campground bathrooms were power washed and painted, the campground was cleaned and weed whacked. Without the generous support of the foundation and fellow four-wheelers this work could not have been completed.

Children Grants

Grant money is available for Cal4Wheel clubs or individual members to apply for. These grants are specifically towards an individual child or specific group of children. Grants of up to $250 are available. Funding is intended to help children from birth to 17 years of age. Clubs with matching funds are encouraged and this should be mentioned in the grant application. The foundation seeks to offer support to children in need or to help in their individual cause to promote resource conservation, education, safety or related areas.


Mike McGarity, Foundation President
For more information:

Grants up to $250 are available for children in need

Scholarship Fund

The C4WDA Conservation and Education Foundation awards three scholarships annually. These awards are given in honor of Bud Hammers, a charter member of the Tulare County 4X4 Club, one of the original clubs that started Cal4Wheel. Bud served as President pro-tem until Steve Morris was elected as first President. He also served as treasurer for C4WDA and served on the Legislative Committee in 1960 and 1961. He was very supportive and dedicated to our cause.

Scholarships are awarded to help sponsor private post-secondary education for selected C4WDA members or their children. The scholarship program is funded by donations from C4WDA members and the recipients of the awards are selected by the Life Members of C4WDA. The program is fully funded by donations only, so the amount awarded each year varies.

Requirements for Application:

  1. Must be a C4WDA member or immediate family (children of members).
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.5.
  3. 20 hours of documented public service work from any or a combination of:
    1. C4WDA event as a committee volunteer.
    2. A C4WDA club conservation run doing trail cleanup or repair.
    3. Political activism in support of OHV issues.
  4. One page essay on stated topic.
  5. Copies of transcripts from the most recent semester.

Application for scholarship must be received in the C4WDA office no later than December 31. Application may be downloaded below, or obtained from the office by calling 800-4x4-FUNN. Mail, fax or email may be used to send the application.

Note: The 20 hours of public service work can be met with the production of a short video or photo slide show to be published on the C4WDA YouTube Channel.

  1. Appropriate video or photo slide shows must contain images of a four wheel drive activity such as trail ride, trail cleanup, event participation, or other trail conservation project with members in participation.
  2. Desired images of vehicles should have a visible C4WDA or club decal and identify the area where taken.
  3. Audio/soundtrack is not required.
  4. Videos and photo slide shows should convey a message of family activity enjoying the outdoors.

Foundation Documents

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8120 36th Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95824

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