DNR Accepting Applications for Grants to Support Developing Shooting Ranges

Organizations and communities are encouraged to apply for grants to support developing and expanding public rifle, handgun, shotgun, or archery ranges through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Shooting Range Grant program.

Projects may include new range construction or expansion of existing range facilities. All grant-funded facilities must be universally designed to accommodate all people. Previously funded shooting range projects included installing new sidewalks, constructing new bathroom facilities, installing trap and skeet houses, and constructing a new modern archery facility.

The annual deadline for submitting letters of intent for the grant is Oct. 1.

The program, which is funded by the federal Wildlife Restoration Program, provides funding to increase public recreational shooting sports opportunities. A manufacturer tax on the purchase of ammunition, firearms, and archery equipment and the sale of hunting licenses is a primary funding source for conservation work led by the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.

Grants are awarded based on the respective letters of intent. Applicants selected must provide 10% of the total project cost. Letters of intent must be emailed to Sam Whiteleather at swhiteleather@dnr.INgov by Oct. 1.

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