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Shooting Range Small Grants Program

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The grants program encourages the development and improvement of shooting ranges. Shooting ranges provide important benefits to hunting, recreational shooting, and competitive shooting communities.They are important for developing firearms and archery familiarity, proficiency necessary for safe and ethical hunting, and for responsible use of firearms and archery equipment.

Program Summary

DEC in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County (CCE) developed the Shooting Range Small Grants Program to assist non-profit organizations and municipalities with improvement projects for shooting ranges and related facilities.

NOTE: Funding for this program is currently on hold. We are not accepting applications at this time.

Who can apply: This grant is open to all IRS-certified non-profit organizations and municipalities (counties, cities, towns, or villages) in New York State.

Examples of eligible projects (example projects include, but are not limited to):

  • berms
  • shooting benches
  • skeet and trap houses
  • field courses
  • classroom and sanitary facility upgrades
  • archery range development
  • upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Program Requirements

The following are some of the program requirements:

  • A maximum of two applications may be submitted per applicant, but only one will have the potential to be selected. Each application can include only one project improvement.
  • The current facility should have a history of operation for at least five years unless owned or managed by a municipality.
  • The project must have a life expectancy of five years or more.
  • At least one weekend day per month of public access is required, during the normal period of operation for five years.
  • Successful applicants will be required to submit progress reports during the project (reports will be specified when project is approved). Annual reports for five years after the project is completed will be initiated by the DEC. The successful applicants will have to return them and will include updates on compliance with the contract.

This is a reimbursement program. The successful applicant will be reimbursed upon completion and inspection of the approved project.

Program Funding and Match Requirement

Funding provided by sportsmen's and sportswomen's dollars made available from the Pittman-Robertson Act will be available to encourage the development and improvement of shooting ranges. Projects will be selected annually through a competitive grant process. Allocations will range from $1,000 to $15,000, depending on available funds and number of applications received. This program will provide matching grants at a 3:1 ratio to eligible non-profit or municipal shooting ranges across the state. For example, a $15,000 grant would need $5,000 in local match. Funding for the program is derived from a federal tax on firearms and ammunition, made available to state fish and wildlife agencies through their sportsman education activities. Other federal funding is not eligible to be used as match.

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