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2018 Shooting Range Small Grant

Grants to Colorado Agencies and Private
Ranges to Improve Shooting Range Facilities

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW)

Deadline Date:

08/31/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Colorado local government agencies and private shooting ranges to improve shooting range facilities. Applicants must contact the appropriate officer at least three weeks prior to the deadline. To be eligible, facilities must allow for hunter education classes and public sight-in days.

Funding​ for the Hunter Education Shooting Range Small Grant Program is generated by federal excise taxes collected on the purchase of hunting equipment​. It is managed as a federal grant program to the states by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a user pays, user benefits program ("Section 10 - Hunter Education"). Therefore, this grant program involves local communities and/or businesses in partnership with CPW and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

It is very important that proposed grant activities produce improvements at shooting ranges that are readily available for public use (some private use is allowed). A project proposal will be ranked primarily in terms of new and/or improved shooting range opportunities for hunter education, hunter sight-in and practice, and youth participation in shooting sports.

The Hunter Education Shooting Range Small Grant Program recently funded:
-An improved parking lot
-Shooting benches
-New target stands 
-A shade shelter 
-A new concrete walkway

Eligible Projects:
The Shooting Range Small Grant Program is designed to improve shooting ranges across Colorado.

The following are general requirements of all projects:
-The project will assist Colorado Parks and Wildlife in reaching its Strategic Plan goals of an increase in hunter recreation days and hunter satisfaction.
-Proposed improvements are substantial in nature.
-The project will improve access and/or amenities at a shooting range that is available for public use.
-The public access to the shooting range resource is assured for hunter education classes and use by hunters for sight-in and practice.
-The project is determined to be a cost-effective investment.
-The grant funded activities will be maintained for the life of the project for shooting range purposes, which is normally considered to be 15 years, if major construction work is involved.

Examples of Eligible Projects

Examples of eligible projects that meet the above goals, as well as the federal regulations for use of this funding, include: targets, benches, shelters, storage, parking lot and access road improvements, etc. Please call your local CPW Wildlife Officer (DWM) or the Hunter Education Office to discuss any other creative ideas.

Examples of Recent Projects:
-Road base to improve access
-Concrete walkway for ADA compliance
-Compressed bales and 3D targets for archery range
-Shade and rain canopy
-Concrete shooting benches
-ADA-compliant restroom

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145904

Number of Grants:

Approximately five projects will be selected annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each project proposed should have a budget not less than $500 and not more than $5,000.

Term of Contract:

All projects should be completed by December 31, 2020.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May Apply:

Local government agencies, parks and recreation departments, private shooting ranges that allow use by hunter education classes and allow public sight-in days, shooting associations or any other shooting facility that is open to the public may apply for a small shooting range grant. These grant funds are not meant for CPW shooting ranges. Commercial, for-profit ranges are not eligible. Please contact the Hunter Education Office if you have questions about eligibility.

Applicants may not participate in more than one project annually. Separate chapters or units of statewide organizations are considered as separate applicants. Two or more local agencies may form a partnership to conduct a project. It is important to note, however, that fund management is best facilitated when a county or municipality is the lead agency. Federal dollars and/or donated labor from a federal agency cannot be used for match (please see directions for proper match documentation). Likewise, CPW funding and/or labor cannot be used for the match requirement.

Applicants with open grants must demonstrate that the current project is significantly underway before another grant will be considered.

Grants will NOT be awarded for:
-Overhead, program administration, project planning or project research
-BBQ pits, community picnic areas, and other non-shooting related amenities
-Any projects that are not available to the general public or offer limited public access
-Contingency funds or unanticipated overages

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must match the Shooting Range Small Grant Program award with non-federal cash or in-kind services (donated labor and/or supplies and equipment use).

The Shooting Range Small Grant Program provides federal matching funds to Colorado entities for the improvement and maintenance of Colorado's shooting ranges. The grants available through this program reimburse project sponsors for up to 75 percent of approved expenses.

Each application must meet the minimum match requirements to be considered during the review and grant award process. It’s important that the application show how much of the anticipated match is cash and how much is in-kind. While the maximum contribution CPW can contribute to a project is 75 percent of the total project cost, the actual percentage for each project is dependent on how well the project results would meet the grant program goals. Higher ranking will be received in the selection process for projects that provide more than 25 percent of the cost share.

Match must be documented at the time a request for reimbursement is made to CPW Hunter Education office. In-kind labor must be documented using the proper form (which is part of the confirmation package) and must be shown to have occurred during the grant period.

Begin by contacting your CPW Area staff (local office or wildlife officer) at least 3 weeks prior to application deadline to discuss the details of your proposed project. If you don’t know who to contact call the Hunter Education Office (303-291-7470) or your CPW area office.

Completed applications must be received the Hunter Education office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018​.

During this review period, applicants may be asked to explain, revise, or expand their application. It is important that any changes are made in a timely manner.

The application should then be forwarded to the Hunter Education office at the Denver Broadway location by 5 pm on August 31, 2018.

Based on the results of Review Panel ranking, letters to applicants will be sent out that will notify them of conditional approval or disapproval of projects by January 31, 2019. Letters that notify of conditional approval will only signify that the grant application will be sent to USFW for further review. Only applications approved by the Review Panel will be sent to USFW.

Next the CPW Federal Aid Coordinator will prepare a grant for each proposed project that will be submitted to USFW for approval. Each grant must satisfy National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), State Historical Policy Office (SHPO), Army Corps of Engineers, and other compliance requirements to meet guidelines for federal funding. Additional information from the grantee may be required to complete the grant materials. CPW Federal Assistance approvals will be complete by March 17, 2019.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Travis Long​, Hunter Education Coordinator

Melissa Neal, Hunter Education Assistant

Hunter Education
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
6060 Broadway
Denver, CO 80216

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