The NRA Foundation | Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

About the Program

What is the NRA Foundation?

The NRA Foundation is the Nation’s largest charitable organization in support of the shooting sports. In large part through funds raised by the Friends of NRA program, the Foundation has awarded over 48,000 grants totaling more than $370 million in grants in support of qualified groups and programs. 

What kinds of projects does the NRA Foundation support?

The NRA Foundation Grant Program provides supplies, equipment, and financial support to a variety of programs 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
  • Range Improvement Projects
  • Historical Education

Grant funding provided by The NRA Foundation must be used to further a charitable purpose as defined by the Internal Revenue Code under section 501(c)(3) and accompanying rules, regulations, and other IRS law and materials.

How are grant awards determined?

Applications submitted to The NRA Foundation undergo several rounds of consideration. The Foundation strives to provide funding to programs that further its mission and that make a difference in the local community. Applications are first considered by the appropriate State Fund Committee. State Fund Committees are composed of volunteers chosen from the individual Friends of NRA fundraising committees, and they review applications and make funding recommendations for their regions.

If an application is recommended for funding by the State Fund Committee, it is then sent to The NRA Foundation Board of Trustees for final consideration and approval. If approved, the successful applicant will then receive notification of the grant award by The NRA Foundation.

How are grant awards typically disbursed?

In most cases, The NRA Foundation provides support in the form of program supplies or equipment through its Grant Product Fulfillment Program. The NRA Foundation works with a number of industry suppliers to provide items needed to operate a variety of programs. In cases where approved requests fall outside of the Grant Product Fulfillment Program, the NRA Foundation provides direct financial support.

How much does The NRA Foundation generally award to successful applicants?

The average NRA Foundation grant award is approximately $5,000 - $6,000, depending on the State Fund.

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) organization to be eligible for an NRA Foundation grant. However, all grants must be for a 501(c)(3) purpose and all grant recipients, other than governmental entities, must be formally recognized as nonprofit organizations by their state or by the IRS. Click here for more information.

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

Possibly. If you are not a 501(c)(3) and the only users are your members, you may not be eligible. But, if you are a private membership club that also provides access to qualified groups or provides qualified activities, you may be eligible for funding. To be eligible, you would have to provide a substantial public benefit. Equipment granted for events and programs must be for the purpose of providing a benefit to the public. Range improvement projects must also benefit the public, usually via qualifying groups (see letters of public benefit FAQ).

My organization is a government entity (Law Enforcement agency, Public Range, Public School, or University). May I still apply for an NRA Foundation grant?

Yes, government entities are eligible and may apply for an NRA Foundation grant.

Public Ranges may be eligible to receive additional funds through separate funding from the NRA. Click here for more information.

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

Yes, however the process differs depending on the specific organization. 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 come through a sponsoring organization. Sponsoring organizations must meet The NRA Foundation’s grant eligibility requirements to receive funding on behalf of your group. In addition, before applying you should check with your parent organization to determine if there are any restrictions on your proposed grant, including restrictions related to any equipment or other items you may request from the Foundation. 

I am an individual person seeking funding from the NRA Foundation. May I apply for a grant?

No, the NRA Foundation does not provide funding to individuals. However, if you are seeking scholarship assistance, the NRA Family offers a variety of scholarship opportunities. Click here for information

Requesting a Grant from the NRA Foundation

What is the deadline to submit my grant application?

Deadlines vary by State Fund Committee. View the 2019 grant year deadlines


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, air rifle range supplies 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, such as construction projects, road improvements, berm work, and even certain trap machines (commercial grade trap machines are considered to be range improvements). Note that improvements to your overall facility (classrooms, etc.) are also considered to be range improvements.

Completing the Application

What supporting documentation is required to complete the application?

You will need the following pieces of documentation, with additional documents required if applicable.

All Grant Applications:

  • W-9 Form: An IRS W-9 form must be completed, signed and dated in the past two years.
  • Proof of nonprofit status:
    • IRS 501(c) Determination letter, if your organization has a recognized 501(c) IRS tax classification OR
    • Articles of Incorporation (if your organization is incorporated) or similar governing document(s) OR
    • For government agencies, a tax exempt certificate or letter or similar document.

Funding Request ID: all applicants must use The NRA Foundation Funding Request Development Tool to create your grant request list. Items from the NRA Grant Product Fulfillment Program and all other items, to include range projects, need to use this tool. Once you have created your request, the system will generate a six character alpha numeric ID. This ID will be entered into the application. Please retain this number and keep handy for future use.

Additional Documentation for Range Grant Applications:

  • Letters of public benefit from qualifying non-profit entities (at least three).
  • Proof of Ownership or Lease for property to which improvements are being made.
  • Bylaws
  • Financial statement
  • Board

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

Range Grant applications require at least three letters of public benefit from qualifying groups i.e., 501(c)(3) organizations such as 4-H or the Boy Scouts, or government entities such as a law enforcement agency. These letters should support the project for which the applying organization is requesting funds and explain how the project is necessary for the group to continue to benefit from the facility.

Letters of public benefit 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 and describe how the letter writer’s organization will benefit from the grant.

Letters should be submitted on the supporting organization's letterhead, however if not available, letters should clearly detail the author's organization, position within that organization, and his or her duties. Letters from for-profit businesses, individuals writing on their own behalf, members of the club or applying organization, or other non-qualifying groups ARE NOT sufficient.

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

Final Reports

Is there a final reporting requirement for grant awards?

Yes. Grant recipients must provide a final report to The NRA Foundation through the online application system detailing the results of the program, number of participants, impact on intended audiences and recognition of The NRA Foundation for the award. Final reports are due 30 days after the program end date stated in the initial application, or no later than November 1 of the grant award year, whichever comes first. 

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. 

Where do I complete my final report?

Final reports are sent to the grant account that was used to submit the original application. You can log-in here to complete your online final reporting requirement. 

The NRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.  The NRA Foundation Tax ID number is: 52-1710886



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