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Grants to Local Minnesota Recreational Shooting Clubs to Expand or Improve Facilities


Geographic Focus

USA: Minnesota

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Large Trap Range Grants

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #154867

Grant Description

Grants starting at over $25,000 to Minnesota local recreational shooting clubs that provide public access to trap shooting ranges. Proposals will be accepted until funds are exhausted. Funds will be provided groups operating existing ranges that are planning to expand, improve, or upgrade their ranges in order to accommodate young shooters.

A facility rehabilitated or developed with a grant must be open to the general public at reasonable times and for a reasonable fee on a walk-in basis. These grants are for installation of new trap fields, as well as rehabilitation of existing facilities.

For newly constructed trap fields, applicants need to provide documentation regarding compliance with the MN Wetland Conservation Act, as well as having local government zoning approval, in order to participate in this program. Additional site reviews conducted by the DNR will cover State Historical Preservation (SHPO) and Natural Heritage Program concerns, to ensure projects will not negatively impact cultural or biological resources.

Funding Priorities for Large Trap Range Grants:

1) To provide large scale grant awards for projects greater than $25,002 in size and scope.
2) To increase trap range capacity and access for youth trap teams and individual shooters from those teams.
3) To increase trap range capacity and access for youth in general.
4) To increase trap range capacity and access for adults.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Local recreational shooting clubs in Minnesota that allow public access to shooting.

State Grant Policy 08-13, Grant Closeout Evaluation, website link at requires State agencies to consider a grant applicant’s performance on prior grants from that agency before making a new grant award of over $5,000. Applicants who performed poorly on prior grants may not be funded or may only be allowed to work on small, specific projects.

Pre-Application Information:

The grants must be matched 1:1.

Match Requirement: 50% non-state funds. Match may be cash or in-kind materials or services. All non-state funding sources must be listed.

The maximum grant in the Large Trap Range Grant Program is unlimited, until funds are spent.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum Award: Unlimited, dependent on availability of funding.
Minimum Award: $25,002.

Term of Contract:

Awards will be announced in May 2016. The grant period starts when the grant contract is “executed,” meaning all required signatures have been obtained.

Project Completion Date: June 30, 2017.

Contact Information:

Chuck Niska, DNR Shooting Range Coordinator

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

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

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