Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)
01/15/18 5:00 PM MST Postmark or Receipt
Grants to Arizona sportsmen’s clubs and government agencies to develop and improve shooting ranges, and to support the operation and maintenance of the range. In addition to firearms, eligible projects may include archery, archery programs, and archery ranges.
This program provides support for the Department’s Hunter Education, Archery Education, and the Scholastic Clay Target Programs (SCTP). In addition, the program encourages hunters to become more proficient with firearms, promotes safe hunting and shooting practices, provides Arizona residents with safe shooting areas and supports law enforcement training.
Shooting range program goals: To provide an environment for public enjoyment of the shooting sports that emphasizes safety, hunter education, firearms and public safety training, hunter sight-ins, juniors and new shooter education, and to be responsive, responsible members of ranges’ host communities. Management priorities are safety, sound administration and operation, sanitation and community relations.
Grants are for shooting ranges providing public access to recreational shooting. To satisfy the public access requirement for the range grant, the range must post the time and days the facility is open to the public.
Projects for development, redevelopment, relocation, noise abatement, improvements and purchases of capital equipment must have an expected useful life of five or more years.
Acceptance of a grant requires that the range will be made available for Arizona Game and Fish Department Hunter Education activities, hunter recruitment efforts, and activities that support the Archery in the Schools Program and Scholastic Clay Target Program.
Eligible Shooting Range Projects:
-Development, redevelopment, relocation
-Noise abatement structures
-Construction of backstops and safety berms
-Sky and noise baffles
-Air filtration systems for indoor ranges
-Lead recovery systems
-Shooting pads, stations and covers
-Storm drainage systems
-Electrical, water and sewage systems
-Training, storage and clubhouse facilities
-Access roads and parking lots
-Security or safety fencing and gates
-Target holder systems
GrantWatch ID#: 176940
Work may not begin until a notice to proceed has been issued by the department.
The funded project must be completed before June 15 of the fiscal year awarded.
Groups such as sportsmen’s clubs and governmental agencies are eligible to participate; if the applicant is not a government agency or the property of the shooting range is not held by a government agency, the organization should demonstrate five years of successful range operation.
Privately-owned for- profit ranges are not eligible for this program.
Applicants must have liability insurance. The preferred applicant will demonstrate at least 10 years of land tenure by deed or lease, and must have appropriate zoning which will cover the life of the project.
Applicants who have unfinished prior grant projects or defaulted on a previous grant are not eligible to apply.
Examples of Ineligible Shooting Range Projects
-Targets and target frames
-Engineering and design documents and plans
-Personal protective equipment
-Hearing and blood testing
Grant funds are used to reimburse eligible project expenditures up to 50 percent of the total cost. Grants can be matched with cash, with donated labor and materials, or with land.
Completed grant applications must be received or postmarked by January 15, 2018 at 5:00 PM (MST).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Matt Schwartzkopf, Statewide Shooting Range Administrator
Arizona Game and Fish Department
5000 West Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000