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Guidelines For Range Grant Application Submission

PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE DOCUMENT PRIOR TO COMPLETING A GRANT APPLICATION. THIS DOCUMENT DETAILS SITUATIONS WHERE YOUR APPLICATION MAY BE REJECTED AS A RESULT OF A FAILURE TO PROVIDE CERTAIN INFORMATION OR MEET CERTAIN CRITERIA. IF YOUR APPLICATION IS REJECTED, YOU MAY HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE FOLLOWING YEAR TO APPLY AGAIN.

If you have additional questions, contact the Grant Department at 1-800-554-9498 or grantprogram@nrahq.org.

The following guidelines govern the award of all State Fund Committee grants made under the auspices of the Friends of NRA program.

These grants are awarded for qualifying projects or activities that promote firearms and hunting safety, enhance the marksmanship skills of those participating in the shooting sports, educate the general public about firearms in their historic, technological, and artistic context, or contribute to the general well being of the public at large. NRA Foundation State Fund Committee grants benefit a variety of constituencies including children, youth, women, individuals with physical disabilities, gun collectors, law enforcement officers, hunters, and competitive teams.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

An applicant may be any organization, association, or other entity with a unique federal employer identification number (EIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service. Eligible organizations or groups may apply for a NRA Foundation State Fund Committee grant for a qualifying project or activity. Eligibility is determined solely by the Foundation.

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. Applicants are not required to be members of or have association with the NRA to receive funds under this grant program.

INELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

The following organizations are not eligible for grants:

  • Labor organizations
  • State Fund Committees
  • Friends of NRA Committees
  • Private businesses and enterprises, including LLCs
  • Other organizations or groups that have not been assigned federal employer identification number by the Internal Revenue Service. (A signed copy of IRS Form W-9 disclosing this number must be included with all applications.)
PROJECTS/ACTIVITIES ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING

Grant requests must conform to, and foster the purposes in, The NRA Foundation's Articles of Incorporation and mission statement. These purposes are as follows:

  • To promote, advance and encourage firearms and hunting safety.
  • To educate individuals, including the youth of the United States, with respect to firearms and firearms history and hunting safety and marksmanship, as well as with respect to other subjects that are of importance to the well being of the general public.
  • To conduct research in furtherance of improved firearms safety and marksmanship facilities and techniques.
  • To support activities of the National Rifle Association of America, but only to the extent that such activities are in furtherance of charitable, educational or scientific purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code which includes activities which are Charitable, Educational, or Foster National or International Amateur Sports Competition.
RESTRICTIONS ON FUNDING

The following activities or projects are not eligible for funding:

  • Deficit financing. (Payment for something already purchased or reimbursement for an event that has already taken place.)
  • Projects for commercial ventures, e.g., private businesses.
  • Projects that require membership in the NRA or in the applying club or group. (NOTE: Organizations may be private or open only to members, PROVIDED that the project or activities for which funding is sought is open to the public). Documentation must demonstrate this public benefit to be eligible for funding.
  • Applications from organization or groups that have not submitted final reports for previously awarded grants.
  • The payment of administrative fees, office overhead, or other similar charges.
  • Multi-year funding of projects. Requests must be submitted for consideration each year.

If funds are awarded in one year, there is no guarantee of funding in subsequent years.

COMPLETING THE APPLICATION

All requested information and documentation must be provided at the time of application. A failure to provide all requested information and documentation may result in the rejection of your grant application.

For grant applications to be considered they must be received by the Foundation prior to the application deadline set for that state.

Please feel free to contact the Grant Department with questions about qualifying projects at 1-800-554-9498 or grantprogram@nrahq.org. However, the application cannot be considered until it is submitted online. You will receive an email notice confirming the successful submission of your proposal.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL PROCESS

The initial review and approval of a grant application will be made by your local State Fund Committee. State Fund Committees are made up of qualified individuals appointed by the Foundation from individuals nominated by Friends of NRA event committees. State Fund Committee Members are appointed pursuant to, and governed by, Operational Procedures for Friends of NRA. One State Fund Committee represents the interests of each state or region that submitted grant applications to the Foundation.

Once applications have been recommended for funding by the State Fund Committee, the NRA Foundation will conduct the final review process. If additional information or documentation is needed to complete this process, you will be contacted. Applicants that make it through this process require a final vote by the Foundation's Board of Trustees. After final approval, the Grant Department will notify the applicant of the grant award.

FINAL REPORT REQUIREMENTS

All organizations or groups awarded grants by the Foundation must complete and return to the Grant Department a Final Report detailing and accounting for how grant funds were spent. Grant funds may only be expended in furtherance of the project documented on the grant application. Final reports should be complete and include copies of receipts for items purchased with grant funds. Any unused funds must be returned to the Foundation and may not be retained for other use.

Failure to submit the Final Report on a timely basis or expending grant funds for purposes other than those for which they were sought will preclude the award of further grants to the grant recipient, in addition, the Foundation reserves the right to and will demand return of grant funds not spent for the purposes for which the grant was awarded. Such demand may include the initiation of legal proceedings, where appropriate, to recover misused funds. Unused grant funds should be returned to the Foundation so that they may be made available to other applicants.

A SPECIAL NOTE ON APPLICATIONS FROM GUN CLUBS AND RANGES SEEKING RANGE IMPROVEMENTS

If you are applying for a grant to improve or otherwise enhance your range, you must complete and submit the Range Grant Application. A failure to complete and submit the correct application may result in rejection of the application.

Applications from sportsman's clubs and ranges will be evaluated and treated in the same manner as applications from any other entities. Proposed projects must promote an allowable 501(c) (3) purpose as set forth above. Applications from clubs or ranges requesting improvements to ranges must demonstrate how the proposed project will benefit the public at large. Applications for range or club improvements must contain letters of support from such organizations as the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, 4-H, FFA, law enforcement, ROTC or other military units, recognized charities, governmental entities, or other 501(c) (3) or equivalent organizations demonstrating how those organizations will benefit from this grant and that the improvements sought are necessary and required for those organizations to continue to use, or get more use out of, the facilities. Applicants must provide a minimum of three (3) such letters detailing the public benefit or the application for funding may be denied. Applicants are encouraged to provide a letter from each such organization that uses the facilities. The more an applicant demonstrates the public benefit, the easier it will be to approve the grant.

Applications from clubs or ranges that describe how the project will benefit club members, NRA members, or potential members will be rejected.

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