DNR seeking applicants for $100,000 in shooting range grants

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that $100,000 in matching shooting range grants is available to improve existing five-stand, pistol, rifle, skeet or trap ranges. The application period opens Nov. 30 and runs through Dec. 28.

Grants, which require a 1:1 match, are available to shooting clubs that allow members of the public to shoot at reasonable times and for reasonable fees. Small grants up to $25,000 are available and applicants must provide current female participation data and show an intent to improve future diversity opportunities.

“We continue to see strong interest in shooting sports in Minnesota and beyond,” said Chuck Niska, DNR shooting range program coordinator. “We’ve been working to provide people with more and better places to shoot and these grants are an integral part of that.”

The $100,000 that’s available is from a $2 million appropriation the state Legislature made in 2015 to help recreational shooting clubs develop or improve shooting sports facilities for public use, with an emphasis on enhancing participation opportunities for youth. Facilities that received a prior grant, have been paid, and whose contract is closed are eligible to apply for another grant. Facilities whose recent grant application is still open are not eligible to apply for another grant.

The DNR will accept applications past Dec. 28, but projects that meet the deadline will be considered first.