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Grants to Wisconsin Agencies, Tribes, Clubs, Businesses,
and IHEs to Build and Expand Shooting Range Facilities

Shooting Range Grant Program

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

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Grants to Wisconsin government agencies, tribes, clubs, businesses, organizations, and educational institutions to improve outdoor shooting ranges that are open for public use. Funding is intended for costs and expenses related to construction projects. Indoor ranges and other items may be eligible if the DNR determines they are necessary.

To help maintain and expand recreational shooting and Wisconsin’s hunting heritage and the economic impacts of those activities, the DNR will increase opportunities for shooting in a safe environment within a reasonable travel distance for participants and in a location intended for recreational shooting.

Eligible Items:

  • Outdoor range construction, including 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.
  • Indoor ranges, when it is determined by the department they are needed, including classroom, storage, and restroom facilities.

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). 

The following range attributes or range projects are grant program priorities:

  • Range development at a range open to the public greater than 300 days per year.
  • Projects at an existing range with the primary purpose of improving safety at the range
  • Range development within 20 miles of one of these major cities: La Crosse, Eau Claire, Milwaukee, Kenosha, Waukesha, Madison, Janesville, Appleton, Racine, Oshkosh, West Allis, or Green Bay, where no other ranges are available which have similar amenities within 20 miles of the project area. 
  • Projects at ranges that host hunter education, school shooting teams or clubs, Learn to Hunt events, or other recruitment and retention programs.
  • Range development at a range that has not received a Shooting Range grant in the last 10 years.
  • Range development at a range that has conducted lead reclamation activities within the last 10 years.
  • Ranges replacing existing surveillance equipment that is now prohibited by 2 CFR 200.216.

Eligible program costs:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151976

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant awards are normally limited to $75,000 for projects on existing ranges. This maximum does not apply to projects seeking funds to develop a new range.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants
• Wisconsin tribes
• Wisconsin school districts
• Wisconsin counties, towns, villages, and cities
• Other Wisconsin governmental units, as defined in s. 66.299, Wis. Stats.
• Rod and gun clubs
• Businesses or corporations
• Wisconsin universities, colleges, and technical schools
• Conservation organizations or associations

Grants may not be used for the construction of clubhouses and facilities not essential to the operation of the shooting range, or for the operation and maintenance of the range.

For information about ineligible costs, see

Pre-Application Information:

Yearly application deadline: September 15th

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.

Applicants must have a Unique Entity ID (UEI) number instead of a DUNS number to apply. A UEI number can be obtained by going to

Contact Information:

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

Send applications and questions to:

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
101 S. Webster Street PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921

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