New! The 2014 Shooting Range Development Grant Program application period is now open until Jan. 15, 2014.
The Arizona Game and Fish Commission created the Shooting Range Development Grant Program in 1996 to encourage the development and improvement of shooting ranges and to support their maintenance and operation. Through the program, the Commission supports the Department’s Hunter Education Program, encourages hunters to become more proficient with firearms, promotes safe hunting and shooting practices, provides Arizona residents with safe shooting (including archery) areas, and supports law enforcement training.
Who is eligible
Groups such as sportsmen’s clubs and government agencies are eligible to participate. If the applicant is not a government agency, the organization must demonstrate five years of successful range operation. Grants are for shooting ranges providing recreational public shooting. Privately owned and for-profit ranges are not eligible for this program.
Grant requirements and limitations
- It is up to the Game and Fish Commission to determine how much money is available each year, but generally the total is $100,000. The maximum grant award is $50,000 per project.
- Grant funds are used to reimburse eligible project expenditures up to 50 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 Arizona Game and Fish Department hunter education activities, hunter recruitment efforts, and activities that support the Archery in the Schools Program and Scholastic Clay Target Program.
- The range must have a history of operation for at least five years unless owned or managed by a government agency.
Examples of eligible shooting range projects:
- development, redevelopment, relocation
- noise abatement structures
- land preparation
- construction of backstops and safety berms
- sky baffles and noise baffles
- air filtration systems for indoor ranges
- lead recovery systems
- shooting pads, stations and covers
- storm drainage systems
- electrical, water and sewage systems
- training, storage and clubhouse facilities
- sanitary facilities
- access roads and parking lots
- security or safety fencing and gates
- target holder systems
Examples of ineligible shooting range projects:
- targets and target frames
- operation and maintenance equipment and supplies
- engineering and design documents and plans
- public address systems or audio/visual equipment
- personal protective equipment
- hearing and blood testing
How to apply
You must use the forms from the application packet, which can be downloaded from the links below (either MS Word or PDF format), or obtained by contacting the Arizona Game and Fish Department statewide shooting ranges administrator at (623) 236-7395 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please carefully follow the instructions on the forms when submitting your applications.
The deadline for submitting grant applications for 2013 closes on Jan. 15, 2013 at 5 p.m. (MST).
Grant applications are scored by a panel of Department employees. Final grant awards are determined by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission at its June meeting. It is possible for more than one application to be considered worthy of funding, and therefore it is possible that not enough money will be available to fund all projects in a given year. In that case, members of the panel will attempt to reach consensus on the proposals recommended for funding. Applicants who do not receive funding in one grant cycle may be invited to reapply another year.
If you have questions about the grant program or application materials, call the statewide shooting ranges administrator at (623) 236-7395.
Download a copy of the application packet