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Cal4Wheel Conservation & Education Foundation


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.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees consists of between six and eleven members.
  • Board of Trustee President - Allen Schrage
  • Board of Trustee VP - Nancy Rocha
  • President - Josh Epstein
  • North District VP - Chris Silveira
  • Central District VP - David Rocha, II
  • South District VP - Don Rybarczyk
  • Foundation Recording Secretary - Bonnie Ferguson
  • Foundation Treasurer - Don Spuhler
Two members of C4WDA selected by the Cal4Wheel board of directors:
  • Trustee - Mike Magana
  • Trustee - Mark Cave
One to five trustees representing firms, agencies or individuals:
  • Trustee - Ryan Choate
  • Trustee - Bonnie Steele


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
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.
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.

Disaster Relief Fund

We have established a relief fund for members and their families who have been affected by natural disasters, wildfires and economic hardships due to the pandemic. Use the grant application to apply for assistance. You must be a current Cal4Wheel member to qualify.

Foundation Documents