Shooting Range Grants:
September 2021

NOTE: All current funding has been committed to contracts. The DNR will continue to accept applications for shooting range grants, but will not approve new requests until the next round of funding is available July 1, 2022.

Program purpose:

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

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

Funds are available through Minnesota Session Laws - 2021, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 3, Subdivision 6(e). All grantees must comply with the State of Minnesota grant laws and policies.

  • In Fiscal Year 2022, $125,000 in matching funds are available.
    (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022)
  • In Fiscal Year 2023, $125,000 in matching funds will be available.
    (July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023)
  • Funds are available on a first-come, first served basis, based on current priorities.

Eligible projects:

Projects that develop, expand, improve, or upgrade existing trap or skeet shooting ranges, rifle/pistol ranges, and 5 stand shooting ranges. New range development will be prioritized in rural areas of MN, for new grantees through this grant period.

Who may apply:

  • Minnesota recreational shooting clubs that allow public access to shooting.
  • Facilities rehabilitated, enhanced or improved with a grant must be open to the general public at reasonable times and for a reasonable fee on a walk-in basis for a period of not less than 20 years following project completion


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.

How to apply:

  • APPLICATION: Shooting Range Grant Application Packet
  • Include all documentation at the time you submit your written application. 
  • Materials and documents must be on standard, letter-sized 8.5 x 11 paper, or
  • Submitted in an electronic version.

These options will be based on the capability of the organization submitting its application.  

Grant applications will be funded on a first-come, first served basis as funding remains available.

For questions, contact Chuck Niska, DNR Shooting Range Coordinator, at 612-756-4165 or [email protected] .

Mail applications to:

EMAIL: [email protected]


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