Small Shooting Range Grants:
November 2018

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. All grantees will be asked to verify current female participation data, along with an intent to improve future diversity opportunities.

Eligible projects:

Projects that expand, improve, or upgrade ONLY trap or skeet shooting ranges, rifle/pistol ranges, and 5 stand shooting ranges already in place. The limited timeframe for funding use does not allow for new projects.

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 shooting range grants must complete their current project before applying for additional grant funding.


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

Level of assistance:

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

Allocation of funds for the Shooting Range Grants will occur as time and funding is available, 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 November 2018, $100,000 in matching funding is available. All project work and expenditures funded in this open-ended sign up period must be completed by June 30, 2019. 

How to apply:

Use the application form supplied in this Small Shooting Range Grant Application Packet , 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, December 30, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

For questions, contact Chuck Niska, DNR shooting range coordinator, at 612-756-4165 or via e-mail at [email protected].

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:

None at this time