Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
03/14/19 4:30 PM Receipt or Postmarked
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to Vermont nonprofit organizations, sportsmen’s clubs, and government agencies to improve, develop, and operate shooting ranges. Funding is intended for ranges that will be open to the public for at least a decade following completion of the project.
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.
Acceptance of a grant requires that the range be made available for public access to range facilities funded by the grant for 10 years after completion and inspection. Public access must be a minimum of 20 hours each month, at least 10 of the hours have to occur during normal operating hours on a weekend day.
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#: 179680
The maximum award is $50,000 per project, with a minimum of $5,000.
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.
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.
For-profit organizations are not eligible for this program.
Applicants must have liability insurance.
To prove non-profit status, a copy of Federal certificate of non-profit 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 non-profit 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
Grant applications must be received by or postmarked on or before March 14th by 4:30 PM.
In the Fall, applications are available at this web site in September; the deadline for proposals is typically mid October.
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.
National Rifle Association Range Source Book, a Guide to Planning and Construction:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620