Shooting Sports Grants

Shooting ranges


Small Shooting Range Grants:
July 2017

Program purpose:

To increase shooting range capacity for youth shooters and the general public, by providing matching funds to recreational shooting clubs open for public use.

Eligible projects:

Projects that expand, improve, or upgrade create new trap or skeet shooting ranges, rifle/pistol ranges, and 5 stand shooting ranges.

Who may apply:

Local recreational shooting clubs in Minnesota that allow public access to shooting. A facility rehabilitated or developed with a grant must be open to the general public at reasonable times and for a reasonable fee on a walk-in basis. Shooting clubs with existing trap grants must complete their current project before applying for additional grant funding.

Scoring:

Grant applications will be scored based on project location and need, financial contributions of funding partners and the applicant, and the feasibility of the project. 

Level of assistance:

The Small Shooting Range Grants (SSRG) program provides grants from $2,500 to $25,000 for listed projects eligible for expedited funding. The grants must be matched 1:1.

The DNR will also be announcing a large grants program for larger shooting facility projects. Allocation of funds for the Expedited Small Shooting Range Grants and the Large Shooting Range Grants will occur on a semi-annual basis at the discretion of the DNR Commissioner dependent on available funding. All grant agreements must comply with the State of Minnesota grant laws and policies. These funds are from a 2015 legislative appropriation. For 2017, $1,200,000 in matching funding is available.

How to apply:

Use the application form supplied in this Small Shooting Range Grant Application Packet PDF, and include all documentation at the time you submit your written application. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Three complete sets of the application with original signatures and supporting documentation and plans must be submitted. The materials and documentation must be on standard, letter-sized 8.5 x 11 paper.

Completed grant applications, including any supporting documentation, must be received before and/ or postmarked by Friday, September 1, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

For questions, contact Chuck Niska, DNR shooting range coordinator, at 612-756-4165 or via e-mail at chuck.niska@state.mn.us.

Mail applications to:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Chuck Niska, Shooting Range Coordinator
Division of Enforcement
500 Lafayette Rd., Box 47
St. Paul, MN 55155-4047

Related DNR Programs:

Large Shooting Range Grant Program