Shooting Range Grant Program
New! The 2013 Shooting Range Grant Program application period has been extended until October 14, 2013.
Range Grant Application - PDF format
The Ohio Division of Wildlife created the Shooting Range Grant Program in 2013 to encourage the development and improvement of shooting ranges and to support their maintenance and operation. The shooting range grant program is designed to support the Division of Wildlife’s Hunter Education Program, encourages hunters to become more proficient with firearms, promotes safe hunting and shooting practices, provides Ohio residents with safe shooting (including archery) areas.
Who is eligible?
Groups such as sportsmen’s clubs, conservation organizations and government agencies are eligible to participate. Grants are for shooting ranges providing shooting opportunities to the public.
Grant requirements and limitations
It is up to the Ohio Division of Wildlife to determine how much money is available each year. The maximum grant award is generally $20,000 per project.
This is a 75% grant program and requires a 25% non-federal match from the grant recipient. Grant funds are used to carry out eligible project expenditures up to 75 percent of the total cost. Grants can be matched with cash, with donated labor and materials, or with land. Funds may sometimes, in special circumstances, be advanced prior to expenditures, if approved in advance.
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 Ohio Division of Wildlife hunter education activities, hunter recruitment efforts, and activities that support the National Archery in the Schools Program and Scholastic Clay Target Program.
Successful applicants will be required to submit progress reports during the project (reports will be specified when project is approved). Annual reports for five years after the project is completed will be initiated by the Ohio Division of Wildlife and the successful applicants will have to return them and will include updates on compliance with the contract.
How to apply
This grant is open to all IRS certified non-profit organizations and municipalities (counties, cities, towns or villages) in the state of Ohio. View, print or download the documents listed in the application for a more thorough understanding of the grant program and eligibility and selection process. You must use the forms supplied in the application packet along with the required project description, and must include all documentation as per the application checklist at the time you submit your application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered for grants. If you want to know more about the shooting range grant or to receive the application/guidelines, contact:
Shooting Sports Coordinator
Ohio Division of Wildlife
2045 Morse Road, Bldg. G-1
Columbus, OH 43229
Guidelines and applications are made available online for your convenience. If you have any difficulties with the application file, contact us and a printed version can be made available for you.