Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
09/15/18 Postmarked - Public Shooting Range
Grants to Wisconsin government agencies, clubs, businesses, educational institutions, and individuals to support outdoor shooting ranges that will be open to public use. Funding may be requested for construction-related costs. Projects involving indoor ranges may also be eligible.
Wisconsin DNR has a long history of promoting safe and accessible shooting opportunities including a commitment to provide ranges on public lands and a shooting range grant program to assist in maintenance and development on private ranges in exchange for some public access. There are estimated to be over 400 shooting ranges in Wisconsin, of which between 30 and 35 are on public land (state, county, or municipality). Five of these public ranges are located in the southeastern third of the state where the majority of the population lives.
Public ranges are considered generally heavily used and several need repairs and/or maintenance work. Recently five public range renovations have been completed with at least another dozen in line to be considered in the coming years.
With an estimated 1.7 million firearm owners in Wisconsin and over 400 ranges, including only five public ranges in the southeastern third of the state, there is need for expanded public shooting opportunities.
In order 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.
In order to receive these funds, range operators must commit (by signing a DNR grant agreement) 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).
Grant Program Priorities:
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.
-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.
Eligible project costs are items for outdoor range construction including:
-Backstops and berms
-Other items that the department deems essential for the project
Indoor ranges are also eligible, when the DNR determines they are necessary.
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.
GrantWatch ID#: 151976
Currently, there is no grant award cap for shooting range grants.
Public Shooting Range projects may begin September 1 (February 15 deadline) or September 15 (April 1 deadline).
Private Shooting Range projects may begin April 1, 2019.
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 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
-Operation and maintenance of the range are ineligible project costs for this grant.
-Construction of clubhouse and facilities that are not essential to the operation of the shooting
Public Shooting Range Grant applications are due on February 15 and September 15 annually.
Private Shooting Range Grant applications are due on September 15 every two years. The next due date for Private Shooting Range Grants is September 15, 2018.
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 (quarterly) reimbursements of the WDNR during the life of the project. Please see the Shooting Range Grant Program Guidance and Application Instructions for more information.
Private Shooting Range Timeline:
-DNR makes Current Application Materials Available on-line: Jun 15, 2018
-Postmark Deadline for Project Sponsor to Submit Application to DNR: Sept 15, 2018
-DNR Provide Application Status to Project Sponsor: Nov 15, 2018
-DNR issues Grant Agreement: April 1, 2019
-Project Work may begin: April 1, 2019
Public Shooting Range Timeline:
-DNR makes Current Application Materials Available on-line: Nov 15, Jun 15
-Postmark Deadline for Project Sponsor to Submit Application to DNR: Feb 15, Sept 15
-DNR Provide Application Status to Project Sponsor: Apr 15, Nov 15
-DNR issues Grant Agreement: Sept 1, April 1
-Project Work may begin: Sept 1, April 1
If any state deadlines fall on a Saturday, Sunday or Holiday, the deadline is moved to the next State working day.
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: