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Shooting Range Grant Program

Grants to Wisconsin Agencies, Clubs, Businesses,
Schools, and Individuals for Shooting Range Facilities

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

09/15/19 Postmarked - Public Shooting Range


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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.

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.

Applicant Commitments:
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).

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Eligible project costs:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151976

Estimated Size of Grant:

Currently, there is no grant award cap for shooting range grants.

Term of Contract:

Public 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
-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

Pre-Application Information:

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, 2020.

Public Shooting Range Timeline:
-DNR makes Current Application Materials Available online: 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

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. Quarterly reimbursements would cover the following timeframes:
Jan 1-March 31; April 1-June 30; July 1-Sept 30; and Oct 1-Dec 31.

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: (608) 576-5243

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin