Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Grants to Wisconsin government agencies, clubs, businesses, and educational institutions to support outdoor shooting ranges that are open for public use. Funding may be requested for construction-related costs. Projects involving indoor ranges may also be eligible, including classroom, storage and restroom facilities.
Eligible items for outdoor range construction, include backstops and berms, target holders, shooting benches, baffles, protective fencing, signs, trenches, gun racks, platforms, restrooms and other items considered essential for the project by the department.
To help maintain and expand recreational shooting and Wisconsin’s hunting heritage and the economic impacts of those activities, the DNR is interested in increasing opportunities for shooting in a safe environment within a reasonable travel distance for participants and in a location intended for recreational shooting.
To receive funds, range operators must commit to opening all shooting facilities at their range to the public 3 days/week or a minimum of 100 days per year for a period of 20 years following the completion of the project. Range operators may charge a reasonable fee for public access, but may not require a membership. All repairs or new construction, whether indoors or outdoors, must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Public shooting range projects will be evaluated based on the following criteria, listed in priority order:
Eligible project costs: https://dnr.wi.gov/Aid/Documents/ShootingRange/ApprovedProgramGuidance.pdf#page=4
GrantWatch ID#: 151976
Currently, there is no grant award cap for shooting range grants.
Purchase of equipment with a fair market value of $5,000 or more will need to adhere to the special condition included in the grant agreement.
Shooting Range projects may begin April 1 (September 15 deadline). Grant funding may be awarded for projects with multiple year duration.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Send applications to: DNRShootingRangeGrants@wisconsin.gov
For more information on shooting range grants, including application forms and instructions, please contact:
Sarah Brenner, Program Grant Manager
Emily Iehl, Hunting & Shooting Sports Coordinator
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