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Grant Eligibility

Does my organization have to be a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt charity to apply for a grant?

No, you are not required to be a 501 (c)(3) charity to be eligible for an NRA Foundation grant. However, all grant recipients must be at least recognized as nonprofit organizations within their states or by the IRS. Click here for more information.

Can I request grant funding to support or improve my for-profit business?

No. The NRA Foundation, Inc. cannot provide any assistance or funding to for-profit business ventures.

My organization is a Limited Liability Company (LLC). Am I eligible to apply for a grant from the NRA Foundation?

No. The NRA Foundation, Inc. cannot provide funding to LLCs.

My organization is a members-only club. Am I eligible to submit an application?

Yes. Grants may be awarded to members-only clubs if the project for which you are requesting funding will benefit the public. Equipment for events and programs must benefit the public in some way. Range improvement projects must also benefit the public, usually via qualifying groups (see letters of support FAQ).

Can I apply for grant funding as an individual?

No. The NRA Foundation cannot provide grant funding to individuals. If you are seeking scholarship assistance, the National Rifle Association offers a variety of scholarship opportunities. Please see scholarships.nra.org for details.

My organization is not a nonprofit organization, but is a government entity (Police, Public School/University). Am I still eligible?

Yes, as a government entity, your organization is considered to be eligible and may apply for a NRA Foundation grant.

I am affiliated with a Boy Scout Troop, Venture Crew, or Naval Sea Cadet Unit. Is my organization eligible to apply?

Yes, however, any individual Troop, Crew, or Sea Cadet Unit may not apply directly to the NRA Foundation for grant funding without a sponsoring organization. Sponsoring organizations must meet the NRA Foundation’s grant eligibility requirements to receive funding on behalf of your group.

My organization has not yet filed a final report from last year. May I still apply for funding for the current cycle?

Yes, you may submit an application; HOWEVER, you must submit all outstanding Final Reports before your State Fund Committee meets. Final Reports for 2015 state grants will be due within 30 days of your grant project end date or November 1, 2015, whichever comes first.

Restrictions on Grant Funding

Can grant funds be used to compensate for events that have already been held?

No, this is considered to be deficit funding. The Foundation cannot provide funding for events that have been held in the past or for items that have already been purchased. Please reference our application guidelines.

I would like to request funding to purchase a tractor, lawnmower, or similar equipment to take care of my organization's property. Can I request funds for this purpose?

No. NRA Foundation Board of Trustees policy prohibits the use of grant funds to purchase any tractors or related equipment. This includes lawnmowers, snowblowers, or other similar implements.

How long do I have to use grant funds and turn in a final report?

Grant funds should be used and final reports completed within 30 days of the project end date or November 1, 2015, whichever comes first.

Requesting a Grant from the NRA Foundation

How does my organization apply for a grant from the NRA Foundation?

All grant applications must be submitted electronically using the online application system. Applicants will need to complete the application in its entirety, with required supporting documentation, in order to be considered.

My organization has never applied before. How do I create a profile to submit an application?

If your organization has never applied, we strongly encourage that you review the grant program guidelines. Once you have done so, you can click the "New Applicant" button on the system login screen. The system will ask for an email address and a password. This will allow you to create a profile. Please note that if you have used your email in the application system previously, you will not be able to create an account using the same email address.

What is the deadline to submit my grant application?

Deadlines vary by state fund committee. Please reference the submission information on the main grants page of our website to look up your Field Staff's contact information and deadline information. Late applications WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Which grant application do I need to complete?

There are two types of NRA Foundation grant applications. The General Grant application is for supplies, equipment, and consumables. These are generally in support of an event, educational program, or similar project.

The Range Grant application should be used for requests for permanent improvements to your facility, to include (but not limited to) construction projects, road improvements, berm work, and even permanently installed trap machines (trap machines must be considered to be mobile to qualify under the General Grant guidelines). Note that improvements to your overall facility (clubhouses, etc.) are considered to be range improvements.

Completing the Application

What supporting documentation is required to complete the application?

You will need at least five pieces of documentation, with two additional documents that will be required if applicable:

  • W9 Form: An IRS W9 form must be completed, signed and dated in the past two years
  • Bylaws: also acceptable, code of conduct, code of ethics, SOP, etc.
  • Financial Statement: operating budget, treasurer's report, previous year Form 990 or similar, income and expenditure report, etc.
  • Organization Board: Chain of Command, list of officers, etc.
  • Request For Funding ID: all applicants must use the NRA Foundation Development Tool to create your Request For Funding. Items from the NRA Grant Product Fulfillment Program and all other items, to include range projects, need to use this tool.

Additional Forms that MAY BE required:

  • Articles of Incorporation (if your organization is incorporated)
  • IRS 501(c) Determination letter, if your organization has a 501(c) IRS tax classification.

Additional documentation for RANGE GRANT APPLICATIONS

  • Letters of support from qualifying nonprofit entities (at least three)
  • Proof of Ownership or Lease on property to which improvements are being made.

When completing the Grant Contacts section of the application, whose information should I include on the form?

The Grant Contact information should be the primary person who will be directly handling the program for which funding is being requested AND has sufficient computer ability (email, etc) to fulfill requirements and handle communications with the grant department. All communication from the Foundation will come to you electronically, so both primary and secondary contacts should have the ability to receive and monitor email.

I would like to request funding and/or materials that are not available via the grant product fulfillment program. Can I still request those items?

Yes. You will have the opportunity to request funding and materials not contained within the grant product fulfillment program using the Request For Funding Development Tool within the application.

I am requesting funds for a range improvement project. The application says I need to provide letters of support. What type of letters do I need to provide?

Range Grant applications require at least three letters of support from qualifying groups (charitable organizations such as 4-H or Boy Scouts, or government entities such as Law Enforcement). These letters should support the project for which the applying organization is requesting funds and explain how the completion of the project is necessary for the supporting group to continue to benefit from the facility.

Support letters should NOT be letters of thanks for past events or programs, but rather be in support of the project for which you are requesting funds.

Letters are preferred to be submitted on the supporting organization's letterhead, however if none is available, letters should clearly detail the author's organization, position within that organization, and his or her duties. Letters from for-profit businesses, individuals, members of the club or applying organization, or otherwise non-qualifying groups ARE NOT sufficient and WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Submission of letters from non-qualifying groups or individuals could result in the delay the review of your application. Failure to demonstrate adequate public benefit of your proposal will result in the denial of your application.

Request for Funding and Materials

Do any materials come from the NRA Store?

No. The NRA Foundation grant product fulfillment is a standalone program.

Can the NRA Foundation provide my organization with supplies that are not listed in the catalog?

Yes, if you cannot find the supplies you need in the grant product fulfillment center, you will have the opportunity to request those items under "Other" during the Request For Funding step.

Does the NRA Foundation warehouse the supplies listed in the catalog?

No. If your application is approved, any supplies awarded to your organization will be shipped to you by various suppliers participating in the NRA Foundation grant program.

Can I pay NRA Foundation for supplies if my application is not approved?

No. NRA Foundation cannot accept payment for supplies listed on our website like a typical online store.

If our needs change, can I make adjustments to our budget later?

You will not be able to adjust your request after the application is submitted. To avoid problems later, consider the ways your program is changing as you choose supplies.

Should I select "wish list" items?

NRA Foundation is limited in its resources for issuing grants. An additional item for your organization could mean another group is unable to sustain basic operations. Be honest and realistic as you develop the budget for your application.

After Submitting your Application

I recently submitted my application. When can I expect a decision to be made?

Recommendations for funding are made by State Fund Committees (SFC) once per year. SFC Meeting Dates are available on the NRA Foundation's Grants page. You will be notified of the results of the meeting shortly after it has been held.

Grants recommended for funding must then be approved by the Foundation Board of Trustees.

I just received a notice that my grant request was recommended for funding. Does that mean that my award is en route?

No. State Fund Committee decisions are not approvals, but rather recommendations to the NRA Foundation Board of Trustees. All requests must first be approved by the Board before any award notices are dispatched. An SFC recommendation is not a guarantee of funding.

I would like to check the status of my Grant Application. How can I do this?

First, check the NRA Foundation's website to ensure that your State Fund Meeting has been held. If it has, your respective field staff will contact you and notify you of the result. If you do not receive a notification after the SFC meeting, you may contact your state Field Representative (contact info available at nrafoundation.org).

I received a notice stating that I am missing documentation. How can I provide the missing document(s)?

You may scan and email missing documentation to grantprogram@nrahq.org or FAX them to 703-267-1083. Be sure to include your Grant Number with your correspondence.

I have a general grant question. How can I contact the Foundation?

Email is the best way to contact the Foundation. Please send all questions to grantprogram@nrahq.org. Please provide as much identifying information as possible, including organization name as it appears on the application, grant reference number, or name of application primary contact.

What is the turnaround time for awards to be sent out?

The grants operate on an annual cycle. While we strive to process applications as quickly as possible, there is not a set timeframe for awards to be sent out. Award disbursement depends on a number of variables, including the State Fund Committee meeting date, completeness of the application, submission of missing documentation, and product availability.

Frequently Asked Questions
Grant Program Guidelines
Range Grant Guidelines
IRS W9 Form