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Grants to Maine Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, IHEs, and Law Enforcement for Projects and Programs Related to Shooting Sports

Capital Improvements and National Rifle Association (NRA) Foundation State Fund Grant Funding - Maine


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Geographic Focus
USA: Maine

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/27/23 Midnight Save

Grant Description
Grants to Maine nonprofit organizations and governmental entities including public schools, IHEs, and law enforcement for programs related to shooting sports. Grant funds may also be requested for capital improvements to shooting facilities. Funding is intended to provide equipment, supplies, and financial support to a range of qualified groups and programs at the local level.
The State Fund Grant Program allows The Foundation to provide supplies, equipment, and financial support to a variety of qualified groups and programs at the local level; geared towards youth, women, law enforcement, veterans, the disabled, and the general public, including:
  • General Shooting Programs
  • Competitive Shooting
  • Education, Training, and Safety
  • Hunting and Conservation
  • Community Outreach
The general focus of Foundation grants is to:
  • Promote, advance and encourage firearms, shooting sports and hunting safety
  • Educate individuals with respect to firearms, firearms history, participation in the shooting sports, hunting safety, and marksmanship
  • Conduct research in furtherance of improved firearms safety and marksmanship facilities and techniques
Capital Improvement Projects - Any request to support a project that seeks to improve a facility is considered a capital improvement. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Berm improvements
  • Clubhouse/Classroom facility improvements
  • Shelter structures/covered firing lines/pavilions
  • Road improvements
  • Commercial-grade trap machines (see the link below regarding trap machines)
  • Any other permanent improvement to an organization’s property or facility
For information about Capital Improvement Grants, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
All applying organizations must possess a Federal Employer Identification number (EIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service and be an/a:
- IRS 501 (c) recognized entity (must submit IRS Determination Letter with application) Or
- Federal, State or local government entity (law enforcement, public school, college) Or
- State recognized nonprofit organization (must submit copy of state nonprofit registration)

Applicants shall not discriminate against any member, person, or other user of its facilities or equipment on the basis of age, race, color, sex, or national origin, or any other class protected by applicable law. Applicants are not required to be members of or have association with the NRA to receive funds under this grant program.

Boy Scout Councils may apply directly to The NRA Foundation. However, an application for any individual Venture Crew, Naval Cadet Unit or Boy Scout Troop, must be submitted by an organization that takes on the role of fiscal sponsor for that group and also meets The NRA Foundation’s grant eligibility requirements to receive funding.

The following organizations are not eligible for grants:
- Labor organizations
- Private businesses and enterprises, including LLCs
- Organizations or groups that do not have a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service
- Friends of NRA Committees or NRA Foundation State Fund Committees
- Individuals
- Organizations or groups which have not completed final report requirements from previously-awarded NRA Foundation grants may submit an application. However, no awards will be made until all outstanding requirements have been satisfied.

The following types of projects or items are among those not eligible for State Fund grant funding:
- Deficit financing. i.e. payment for something already purchased, work already started or completed, or reimbursement for an event that has already taken place prior to grant approval by the Foundation
- Projects for commercial ventures, i.e., private businesses
- Projects that require membership in the NRA or in the applying non 501 (c)(3) or government entity club or group
- Administrative fees, salaries, office overhead, advertising/marketing/public relations, insurance, postage or other similar charges
- Computers, laptops, televisions
- Multi-year funding of projects. Requests must be submitted for consideration each year for that year’s costs only
- Raffle items or similar prizes of material value and fundraising events or activities. The mission of the Foundation is to support programs, not fundraising activities. The Foundation only funds items that will be used for a 501(c)(3) purpose as part of a program activity. Prizes, such as trophies, ribbons, certificates, medals, for competitive shooting and other similar activities may be allowable.
- Fundraising or sponsorships for organizations not falling within the mission statement of The Foundation, to include charity shoots held for those purposes
- Landscaping or related equipment, i.e. lawnmowers, tractors, weed eaters, snow blowers, etc.
- Vehicles, such as cars, trucks, off road vehicles or ATVs
- Duty ammunition for law enforcement. Only training ammunition can be funded
- Archery-only requests. Archery programs may only be considered if they are part of an overarching shooting program OR part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)
- Projects for schools, public or private, that fall under the NRA School Shield Program, such as school security improvements or training for security or school staff. These must be applied for separately under the NRA School Shield Program
- Projects which are contingent on future funding from the NRA Foundation to be completed. If funds are awarded in one year, there is no guarantee of funding in subsequent years.

Pre-Application Information
The 2024 Maine grant application deadline is midnight local time Friday, October 27, 2023.

In the first quarter of 2024, from January to March, the state fund grant committees go through all the applications. After the State Fund Grant committees have met, the Grant Department will send you an email alerting you of your grant status.

State Fund Grant Guidelines:

Information about Capital Improvements:

Apply for a grant:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grant awards vary greatly based on project and the State Fund area. Across the country, the average State Fund grant award is between $3,000 to $5,000.

Term of Contract
The grant does not support multi-year funding of projects. Requests must be submitted for consideration each year for that year’s costs only.

Contact Information

NRA Field Representatives
Shawn Sage
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont

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