October 19th, 2022
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The National Rifle Association has distributed one million dollars to fund range development and improvement projects in 2022. Both public and private ranges have receive grants for a variety of projects including: construction of berms, range covers, lighting systems, and pavilions. Funds have also been provided for the purchase of trap machines. The funding was distributed via the NRA and NRA Foundation.
“To ensure a robust future for recreational target shooting and the shooting sports, gun owners need a place to learn, train, and compete,” said Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr., executive director of NRA General Operations. “Thanks to the generosity of NRA members, NRA Foundation donors, and those who attend local Friends of NRA events, NRA is able to provide the resources sought after by clubs and public agencies to build, expand, and improve ranges in their communities.”
How Your Club or Facility Can Apply for NRA Grants
Range funds are available for request in a variety of ways. First, through the Range Development Committee, NRA-Affiliated Range Funding is offered to 100% NRA membership-affiliated clubs for the acquisition, development, and improvement of shooting facilities. Second, funding is made available through the NRA Public Range Grant Funding program to city, county, state, and federal units of government to improve, enhance, and build public ranges. Third, there is the NRA Foundation State Fund Capital Improvement Grants program, which offers funding to government agencies and non-profit entities.
NRA Range Services offers an online course to prospective and current range owners and operators detailing best practices in range development, safety, and environmental concerns. To complement the course, NRA has authored The NRA Range Source Book, a premier technical source book for planning, construction, design, and maintenance of shooting range facilities. On the public policy side, the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) has been instrumental in protecting access to shooting ranges by promoting and supporting Range Protection laws throughout the country, prohibiting anti-gun units of government from forcing the closure of shooting ranges through onerous regulations.
Links for More Information and Grant Applications
To learn more about NRA’s support for public and private ranges, please visit Rangeservices.NRA.org. Information about the NRA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and its grant application process can be found at NRAfoundation.org/grants.
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