Large Shooting Range Grants:
May 2018

Program purpose:

To increase shooting range capacity for Minnesota’s shooters, 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. All grantees will be asked to verify current female participation data, along with an intent to improve future diversity opportunities.

Eligible projects:

Projects that build or expand, improve, and upgrade skeet, rifle/pistol and 5 stand shooting ranges. This is being offered for outdoor ranges only!

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 must complete any previously awarded project grants before applying for additional funding.


Grant applications will be scored based on project location and need, gender participation, financial contributions of funding partners and the applicant, and the feasibility of the project. Preference will be given to first time applicant organizations.

Level of assistance:

The Large Shooting Range Grants (LSRG) program provides grants from $25,002 and above $25,000 for listed projects eligible for expedited funding. The grants must be matched 1:1.

The DNR will also be announcing another round of the Small Shooting Range Grants (SSRG) program for smaller trap shooting facility projects. Allocation of funds for the Small Shooting Range Grants and the Large Shooting Range Grants will occur as funds are 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. In 2018, $330,000 is available for the combined levels of grants.

How to apply:

Use the application form supplied in this Large 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 on or before Friday, June 29, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. Late arrivals will not be considered for funding, given the short timeframe for funding use.  

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:

Small Shooting Range Grants