Depending on whether you own or operate a public or private shooting range, the National Rifle Association has a variety of grant programs available for Range Improvements through both the NRA and The NRA Foundation. If you are a club range, public shooting facility or you conduct shooting programs for the public, you may be eligible to receive funds to improve your range.
Applicants for this program must be a 100% NRA membership NRA-Affiliated Club with funds made available at NRA's sole discretion by approval of the Range Development Committee — a standing committee of the NRA Board of Directors. Grants can be awarded to assist with acquisition, development, and improvement of shooting facilities. This Range Grant program is limited to $5,000 per applicant per year, and the deadline for submission is August 1 annually.
Established in 2009, this matching grant program encourages city and county governments, and state or federal agencies, to work with NRA on efforts to build and improve public ranges across the United States. At the NRA's sole discretion, grants are awarded to assist with the acquisition, development, and improvement of public shooting facilities. Grants can also be awarded to assist qualifying agencies or local governments with projects designed to improve community relations and to address environmental issues related to range operations.
The NRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. As such, funded projects must promote an allowable 501(c)(3) purpose. If your range is owned by a government agency, or is incorporated as a nonprofit entity or has an IRS 501(c) Determination Letter you may qualify for an NRA Foundation Range Grant. Applications from clubs or ranges requesting improvements must demonstrate how the proposed project will benefit qualified groups, such as the Boy Scouts, schools, or local law enforcement, or benefit the public at large.
The Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act ("Pittman-Robertson") authorizes the United States Secretary of Interior to work with the States, through their respective State fish and game departments (or their equivalents), on a variety of projects related to wildlife. Among these projects are the construction, operation, and maintenance of public target ranges.
From on-site assistance and educational seminars, to grants, NRA affiliation, and so much more—the NRA offers a variety of resources to public and private ranges across the country.