Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD)
01/15/19 5:00 PM MST Postmarked or Submitted
Grants to Arizona nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and sportsmen’s clubs for the improvement and operation of public-access shooting ranges. Funding is intended to support programs to develop, enhance, and maintain recreational shooting and archery areas, increase user proficiency and safety with firearms and archery equipment, and assist with law enforcement training.
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission created the Shooting Range Development Grant Program to encourage the development and improvement of shooting ranges and to support their maintenance and operation. Through the program, the Commission supports the Department’s Hunter Education Program, Archery Education and the Scholastic Clay Target Programs (SCTP), encourages hunters to become more proficient with firearms, promotes safe hunting and shooting practices, provides Arizona residents with safe shooting (including archery) 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. “Shooting” includes archery, archery ranges and archery programs which are eligible for commission grants.
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 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
- Land preparation
- 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
- Sanitary facilities
- Access roads and parking lots
- Security or safety fencing and gates
- Target holder systems
Grant Scoring Criteria:
- Improves range safety and/or security through the addition of or improvements to berms, backstops, fences and lighting.
- Increases public usefulness of the range through the addition of or improvements to berms and ancillary structures, access or public facilities.
- Supports hunter education, archery education, law enforcement training, SCTP, Hunter Recruitment, firearms/archery safety education for the public or introduces newcomers to the shooting sports.
- Supports shooting sports through the construction of new ranges and/or opportunities in underserved or high-demand communities.
-Benefits the community through design improvements, noise abatement, lead management programs or signage improvements.
- Application is clear, complete, and all requested information is provided
GrantWatch ID#: 176940
The funded project(s), final report, and department inspection must be completed before June 15 of the fiscal year awarded.
Work may not begin until a notice to proceed has been issued by the department. This includes contractor selection or site work.
- Non-Profit Organizations and Governmental Agencies
- Shooting ranges providing public access to recreational shooting. Privately-owned for-profit ranges are not eligible for the grant. 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.
Groups such as sportsmen’s clubs are eligible to participate.
Applicants must have liability insurance.
- The range must have a history of operation for at least five years unless owned or managed by a government agency.
- Property must have at least five years of land tenure by deed or lease or is owned by a governmental agency.
- Plans for buildings, structures or projects that will be inhabited must be certified by an Arizona registered architect or engineer before being submitted as part of the application. The architect or engineer who developed the plans will be required to furnish the department with a statement that the project has been inspected and that it complies with the plans and specifications, and with building codes.
- Projects will be reviewed by the Department’s Project Evaluation Program to determine necessary environmental and cultural compliance processes for approved projects. If the environmental review finds potentially adverse impacts to the environment, applicants will have an opportunity to submit a modification or make other corrective action.
- If a project requires any type of ground disturbance, a State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO) Consultation is required. Contact the Department’s Statewide Shooting Range Administrator with any questions regarding SHPO requirements.
Privately owned and for-profit ranges are not eligible for this program.
Examples of Ineligible Shooting Range Projects:
- Targets and target frames
- Engineering and design documents and plans
- Audio/visual equipment
- Personal protective equipment
- Hearing and blood testing
Grant applications must be postmarked on or before Jan. 15, 2019. Online applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the deadline date. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for grants.
Applications will be accepted via postal service or through an online application.
Applications can be edited until the deadline. All supporting documentation may be uploaded to the online application or sent via email. Paper applications must use the forms supplied in the FY 2020 Application Packet, and must include all documentation at the time you submit your application.
Each application must include a Board resolution, signed by the president or similar governing group or officer, indicating that the application has the approval of the organization’s governing board. All resolution forms must be attested to by the organization’s secretary or officer and notarized.
An AGFD SHPO Consultation is required by regulations implementing the State Preservation Act (A.R.S. § 41-861 through 42-864). It is understood that recipients of state funds are required to comply with this law throughout the project period. The State Historic Preservation Act mandates that all State agencies consider the potential of activities or projects to impact significant cultural resources. Each State agency is required to consult with the State Historic Preservation Officer with regard to those activities or projects that may impact cultural resources.
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.
By submitting an application, the applicant certifies that:
- Proposed projects are in compliance with all applicable federal, state, county, and municipal laws, regulations and ordinances.
- The project will be undertaken if a grant is awarded.
- The project meets eligibility criteria and applicants are eligible to submit an application.
- The project is on a shooting range open to the public.
- The applicant should secure a match of 50% for the total project cost.
Applicants who do not receive funding in one grant cycle may be invited to reapply another year.
Completed projects must be maintained for use by the public for 10 years after completion and are subject to department inspection during that period.
If you have questions about the grant program or application materials, contact Matt Schwartzkopf, Statewide Shooting Range Administrator.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
To submit the application:
- Apply online:
- Or via mail:
Arizona Game and Fish Department
5000 West Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000
For questions, email or call:
Matt Schwartzkopf, Statewide Shooting Range Administrator