Shooting Range Grant
Grants to Montana Nonprofits, Agencies, School
Districts, and Clubs to Expand Shooting Ranges
Districts, and Clubs to Expand Shooting Ranges
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP)
02/01/17 11:59 PM Electronic Receipt; or Postmarked by Date
Grants to Montana shooting clubs, nonprofit organizations, school districts, and local governments to enhance and develop shooting ranges within the state. Funding may be used for capital acquisitions of real property, improvements to existing ranges, new range development, earthwork, and other reasonable related costs.
-Needs of the community determined by distance to applicant shooting range and annual club membership/range use;
-Population of the county compared with numbers of shooting ranges allowing public use within the county;
-Disabled accessibility improved to existing shooting range as a result of the project;
-Types of firearms and archery equipment that can be used at the proposed project; range safety improved as a result of the proposed project; and
-Impacts to the human environment.
In situations where grant requests exceed the amount of available funding, FWP uses the following criteria to score and rank grant requests:
1) Range serves local community. Requests will be scored and ranked according to the distance between the range and the nearest community where the majority of members/visitors reside.
2) Range serves people of the local and regional community. Requests will be scored and ranked according to a ratio of existing and anticipated shooters (members and visitors) utilizing the range annually and the total population of the county.
3) Range serves as host for a variety of designated shooting events. Requests will be scored and ranked according to the total number of existing and anticipated designated shooting events held annually.
4) Range serves as host for a variety of educational shooting activities (e.g., 4-H, hunter education, and boy scouts) annually. Requests will be scored and ranked according to the total number of existing and anticipated educational shooting activities held annually.
5) Range provides access to shooters. Requests will be scored and ranked according to the degree to which they provide public access for shooters. Ranges that are only open to members score lower than those ranges that are maintained and open to public use for a reasonable fee. The maximum number of points is 20.
6) Proposed project improves accessibility for handicapped shooters. Requests will be scored and ranked according to the degree to which the project improves the accessibility of the site for handicapped shooters.
7) Proposed project enhances the safety of the range. Requests will be scored and ranked according to the degree to which they enhance the safety of the range. Requests with purposes related to safety improvements rank higher than those whose purpose is not directly related to safety. The maximum number of points is 20.
8) Proposed project mitigates environmental impacts associated with shooting activities. Requests will be scored and ranked according to the degree to which environmental impacts associated with existing and proposed shooting activities are minimized.
9) Proposed project accommodates new or additional types of shooting activities. Requests will be scored and ranked according to the degree to which they add new shooting activities to the site (has to be a specifically designated shooting area).
10) Proposed project is a partnership with other organizations. Requests will be scored and ranked according to the degree to which additional funding sources have been secured.
11) Proposed project fulfills an unmet shooting need in the community. Requests will be scored and ranked according to the number and type of existing shooting ranges within the county and/or FWP administrative region.
Eligible applicants include private shooting clubs or private organization pursuant to Title 35, chapter 2, MCA, local governments, and school districts.
An applicant that is a private shooting club or a private organization must be a nonprofit corporation pursuant to Title 35, chapter 2, with an organizational structure, officers, directors, and a registered agent.
A grant may not be used for any expendable supplies for a shooting range.
The submission deadline for shooting range grants is each February 1. You can apply online or use the paper application.
Applicants must provide matching funds in either cash or in-kind contributions. The match must represent $1 in value for each $1 of the grant. In-kind contributions include but are not limited to labor, materials, and real property. Existing assets and existing shooting range development may not apply to the match.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply Online: https://fundingmt.org/index.do
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