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Shooting Range Grant Program

Grants to Wisconsin Agencies, Clubs, Businesses, and
Educational Institutions to Support Shooting Range Facilities

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

09/15/20 Postmarked - Private Shooting Ranges


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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:

  1. Range renovation and maintenance projects at existing ranges within 50 miles of La Crosse, Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Kenosha, Waukesha, Madison, Janesville, Appleton, or Green Bay.
  2. Construction of new ranges in areas where there are few public shooting ranges relative to population density.
  3. Renovation projects at other existing ranges not covered under criteria #1.
  4. Construction of new ranges where reasonable range access is not available or convenient for public shooting.
  5. Demonstration of shooting need, amount of public support, cost, hunter education need, and siting constraints
  6. More consideration will be given to projects that will improve an existing range than to develop new ranges in the same locality. 

Eligible project costs:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151976

Estimated Size of Grant:

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.

Term of Contract:

Shooting Range projects may begin September 1 (February 15 deadline) or April 1 (September 15 deadline). Grant funding may be awarded for projects with multiple year duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Counties, cities, villages, townships, other governmental agencies or units, clubs or organizations, businesses or corporations and educational institutions can apply for these grants.

Public Shooting Range - Eligible Project Sponsors:
-Wisconsin counties, towns, villages, and cities
-Wisconsin Tribes
-Wisconsin School Districts
-Other Wisconsin governmental units, as defined in s. 66.299, Wis. Stats.

Private Shooting Range - Eligible Project Sponsors:
-Rod and Gun Clubs
-Owners and operators of shooting ranges
-Wisconsin universities, colleges, and technical schools
-Conservation organization or association

Ineligible Project Costs
- Construction of clubhouses and facilities not essential to the operation of the shooting range.
- Operation and maintenance of the range.

Pre-Application Information:

Next deadline for PRIVATE shooting range grants will be September 15, 2020. Next deadline date for PUBLIC shooting ranges will be February 15, 2020.

There is at least a 5-month period between the application deadline and the issuance of the grant agreements

This grant program is administered as a reimbursement program. This means you must incur and pay all costs associated with the project before seeking reimbursement from WDNR. No grant advances are possible. It is possible for grantees to request partial reimbursements from the DNR on a quarterly basis during the life of the project.

Applications must include a valid DUNS Number. More information about obtaining a DUNS Number may be found here:

Applications must include a map (Google preferred, or plat map) of Project Area with Site Plan. The map may be a drawn site plan on either google map or DNR mapping program:

Contact Information:

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

Submit completed application and attachment to:
Keith Warnke, Coordinator
WDNR Hunting and Shooting Sports
Bureau of Law Enforcement
101 So. Webster Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 1-888-936-746

For more information on shooting range grants, including application forms and instructions, please contact:
Jill Sunderland, Program Grant Manager

Emily Iehl, Hunting & Shooting Sports Coordinator

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