The NRA Foundation | Grant Program Guidelines

Guidelines for Grant Application Submission

Eligible Applicants

An applicant may be an incorporated or otherwise state-recognized nonprofit organization, 501(c) entity, or government agency, and must possess a unique Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service. Eligible organizations or groups may apply for an NRA Foundation State Fund Committee grant for a qualifying project or activity. Eligibility and funding amount are 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.

If you have questions as to whether a project or program qualifies for funding, please send a written summary of your proposal to


Ineligible Applicants

The following organizations are NOT eligible for grants:

  1. Labor organizations
  2. NRA Foundation State Fund Committees
  3. Friends of NRA Committees
  4. Private businesses and enterprises, including LLCs
  5. Other organizations or groups that have not been assigned a Federal Employer Identification Number by the Internal Revenue Service
  6. Individuals


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:

  1. To promote, advance, and encourage firearms, the shooting sports, and hunting safety.
  2. To educate individuals, including the youth of the United States, with respect to firearms, firearms history, participation in the shooting sports, hunting safety, and marksmanship, as well as with respect to other subjects that are of importance to the well-being of the general public.
  3. To conduct research in furtherance of improved firearms safety and marksmanship facilities and techniques.
  4. 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 that are charitable, educational, or foster National or International sports competition.

If your organization is not a governmental agency or is not recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) entity, the project or activity for which you seek funding must provide a public benefit equal to or in excess of the amount sought. For example, if you seek funding to conduct a Women on Target event or to support a youth league, and these programs are open to the public, the public benefit is clear. Public benefit may also be shown by qualified groups benefiting from the project or activity. For example, a project or activity that provides a benefit equal to, or in excess of, the amount sought to the Boy Scouts, a school, a local law enforcement agency, a veterans group, or other qualified groups may meet this requirement – a requirement likely easier met when your organization provides free access to such groups, as our applicants generally do. Similarly, projects or activities that further amateur sports competitions may meet the public benefit requirement. Please note, however, that simply being open to the public, and charging the public for use, does not provide a public benefit. That is what a business does.


Special Note About Requests for Trap Machines

The NRA Foundation considers requests for certain trap machines to be range improvements. These machines are considered to be commercial grade and are designed to be a permanent fixture at a range (regardless of their portability).



Restrictions on Funding

The following activities or projects are not eligible for funding:

  1. Deficit financing (payment for something already purchased, work already started or completed, or reimbursement for an event that has already taken place)
  2. Projects for commercial ventures, i.e., private businesses
  3. Projects that require membership in the NRA or in the applying club or group (NOTE: requesting 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.)
  4. Organizations or groups that have not submitted final reports for previously awarded grants
  5. Administrative fees, office overhead, advertising, or other similar charges
  6. Multi-year funding of projects. Requests must be submitted for consideration each year for that year’s costs
  7. Raffle items or prizes
  8. Landscaping or related equipment (lawnmowers, tractors, weedeaters, snowblowers, etc.)
  9. Duty ammunition for law enforcement (only training ammunition can be funded)
  10. Archery-only requests (archery programs may only be considered if they are part of an overarching shooting program OR part of the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP))

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


Completing the Application 

  1. All applications must be submitted using the online NRA Foundation Grant Application. All requested information and documentation must be provided at the time of submission to ensure that your application moves smoothly through the consideration process.
  2. Grant applications must be received by the Foundation prior to 11:59 PM EST on the application deadline set for that state.
  3. You will receive an email notice confirming the successful submission of your proposal. The primary contact listed in your grant application should add to their contact list or address book.
  4. All correspondence regarding the grant application is done by email.
  5. Required Documentation
    1. Complete, Signed, and Dated IRS W-9 Form, no more than two years old
    2. Organization Bylaws or Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics, SOP, etc.
    3. Financial Statement: Your latest IRS Form 990, income and expenditure report, and the like may qualify.
    4. Organization Board: Chain of Command, list of officers, etc.
    5. Proof of nonprofit status for you or your sponsoring organization
      1. Articles of Incorporation or, as applicable, Articles of Organization, Charter, Constitution, etc. filed or registered with the state (if your organization is not a government entity) OR
      2. IRS 501(c) Determination letter (if applicable)

Submitting both your governing documents and IRS determination letter, if applicable, may speed review and approval of your grant application.


Review and Approval Process

  1. Applications submitted to the NRA Foundation will be reviewed for completeness, eligibility, and compliance with IRS and Foundation Policies.
  2. Applications are then forwarded to the State Fund Committee for which the application was submitted. State Fund Committees consider applications based on application merit, funding availability, and program areas on which the committee wishes to focus.
  3. Applications are either recommended for funding or declined by the State Fund Committee.
  4. Once applications have been recommended for funding by the State Fund Committee, the NRA Foundation will conduct a final review process. If additional information or documentation is needed to complete this process, the applicant will be contacted via email. Applicants that make it through this process require final approval by the NRA Foundation's Board of Trustees. After final approval, the Grant Department will notify the applicant via email of the grant award.


Final Report Requirements 

  1. All organizations or groups awarded grants by the Foundation must complete the online Final Report, detailing and accounting for how grant funds were spent.
  2. Final reports are due within 30 days of the project end date or November 1 of the grant award year, whichever comes first.
  3. For grants made by check, copies of receipts or paid invoices for items purchased with grant funds must be included.
  4. Grant funds may only be expended in furtherance of the project documented on the grant application.
  5. Any unused funds must be returned to the Foundation and may not be retained for other use.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 must be returned to the Foundation so that they may be made available to other applicants in future grant cycles. Please return unused funds via check made out to the NRA Foundation, Inc., noting the grant reference number, by mail to:

NRA Foundation Grants
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

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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