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Shooting Range Improvement Grant

Grants to Vermont Nonprofits and Agencies
to Enhance Recreational Shooting Facilities

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Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

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03/15/18 4:30 PM Receipt


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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $50,000 to Vermont nonprofit organizations, sportsmen’s clubs, and government agencies to improve, develop, and operate shooting ranges. Recipients must ensure that ranges will be open and available to the general public for at least 10 years following project completion.

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department created the Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program to encourage the improvement of shooting ranges and to support their operation. Through this program, the Department wishes to support the Hunter Education Program and the future of hunting by encouraging hunters to become more proficient with firearms, promoting safe and responsible hunting and shooting practices, and providing Vermonters with safe, environmentally responsible shooting areas.

Rules for completing grant projects

-Work that this grant is funding may not begin until a notice to proceed has been issued by the Department. This includes any engineering, architectural work, designs, contractor selection or site work. Work initiated prior to the approval date of the project grant is not eligible for match.

-Completed projects must be maintained for use by the public for 10 years after completion and are subject to Department inspection during that period.

-Plans for structures must be certified by a Vermont registered architect or engineer before being submitted as part of your 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.

The Department will complete an Environmental Assessment check list for approved projects. If the environmental review finds adverse impacts to the environment, applicants will have an opportunity to submit a modification or make other corrective action

Eligible Projects:

Projects should be designed according to standards contained in the most current available edition of the National Rifle Association’s Range Source Book, a Guide to Planning and Construction or comparable guideline specifications.

Here are some examples of eligible shooting range projects:
-Shooting pads, stations and covers
-Development, redevelopment, relocation
-Electrical, water and sewage systems
-Noise abatement structures
-Lead recovery systems, lead recycling and lead mitigation projects
-Training, storage and clubhouse facilities
-Land preparation
-Construction of backstops and safety berms
-Sanitary facilities
-Access roads and parking lots
-Sky baffles and noise baffles
-Security or safety fencing and gates
-Air filtration systems for indoor ranges
-Permanent target holder systems
-Trap houses
-Storm drainage systems

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179680

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum award is $50,000 per project, with a minimum of $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Each project must be completed within 24 months of the award date, within the initial amount awarded. Work must begin during the first 12 months of the grant award, and work and billings must be completed by August 31st of the following year. Project completion dates may or may not be extended, depending on the circumstances and fund availability.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations, such as sportsmen’s clubs and governmental agencies, are eligible to participate. If the applicant is not a government agency, the organization or individual administering the grant project must have at least 10 years of land tenure by deed or lease and must demonstrate five years of successful range operation. Grants are for shooting ranges providing recreational public shooting.

For-profit organizations are not eligible for this program.

Applicants must have liability insurance.

To prove nonprofit status, a copy of Federal certificate of nonprofit status or a “Certificate of Good Standing” issued by State of Vermont, Office of Secretary of State is required. The Certificate of Good Standing certifies your organization is a nonprofit corporation formed under the laws of the State of Vermont.

The following projects are not eligible for grant funding:
-Targets and removable target frames
-Operation and maintenance equipment and supplies, including firearms and ammunition.
-Public address systems or audio/visual equipment
-Personal protective equipment
-Hearing and blood testing

Pre-Application Information:

This is a 75 percent reimbursement grant program and requires a 25 percent non-federal match. In-kind match in the form of donated labor and/or materials may be used in addition to, or in place of, cash.

Completed grant applications must be received by 4:30 PM on March 15, 2018

National Rifle Association Range Source Book, a Guide to Planning and Construction:

Contact Information:

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

Daneil Pieterse, Shooting Range Technician
(802) 272-6923

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program
One National Life Drive
2 Davis
Montpelier, VT 05620

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