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 $300 million in grants in support of the National Rifle Association and other shooting sports, firearms and safety related charitable, educational or scientific programs, through over 38,000 grants.

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, 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).

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 State Fund Committee in the state to which the application was submitted. State Fund Committees are composed of volunteers chosen from the Friends of NRA fundraising committees.

If an application is recommended for funding by the State Fund Committee, it is 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 so the program or project can be carried out.

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 must be at least recognized as nonprofit organizations within their states or by the IRS. Click here for more information.

 

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 non-member-only project for which you are requesting funding will provide 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, any individual Troop, Crew, or Sea Cadet Unit cannot apply directly to The NRA Foundation for grant funding. Instead, the application must come from 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 National Rifle Association 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. To view the 2017 grant year deadlines click HERE. To look up your Field Staff’s contact information click HERE.

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 to include (but not limited to) 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 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’s Form 990 or similar, income and expenditure report, recent checking account statement, etc.
  • Organization Board: Chain of Command, list of officers, etc.
  • 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.

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

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 (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.

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 charitable organization will benefit from the grant.

Letters should be submitted on the supporting organization's letterhead, however if none are 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 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. Grantee organizations must provide a final report to The NRA Foundation 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. 

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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Our Donor Bill of Rights was established to assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in The NRA Foundation. We declare that all donors have these rights. Further, The NRA Foundation realizes how important privacy is to our donors and has adopted a policy to advise you of your choices regarding the use of your personal information.