The NRA Foundation | Notice Regarding Documentation of Nonprofit Status

Notice Regarding Documentation of Nonprofit Status

The NRA Foundation makes grants in support of its mission only to nonprofit organizations conducting qualified public programs and governmental entities. The following criteria/documentation, individually or a combination of such, subject to NRA Foundation review and approval, may be used to establish grant eligibility:

  1. Entity is a government agency
  2. Proof of 501(c) status/IRS nonprofit determination letter
  3. Articles of nonprofit incorporation filed with the state
  4. Proof of state recognition as a nonprofit organization
  5. Copy of IRS Form 990 for most recent tax year
  6. Must be sponsored by another organization that meets one of the categories above; in such an instance, the grant will be paid to and administered by the sponsoring organization.

You will be asked in the application to upload documentation supporting your nonprofit status. 

If your organization is NOT currently incorporated or registered as a nonprofit and you wish to do so, an Internet search for your state's Secretary of State or State Corporation Commission can get you started on the process. There are numerous other websites that address the issues involved in starting, operating, and maintaining a nonprofit. The NRA Foundation cannot provide guidance on how to start and run a nonprofit organization. The sites listed below are a list of possible resources for your organization; they may not address all issues and are not specifically endorsed by the NRA Foundation. 


Additionally, the IRS has created the new 1023 EZ which simplifies the application process to obtain IRS 501 (c)(3) status. See New 1023-EZ Form Makes Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status Easier; Most Charities Qualify and Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code for eligibility, requirements, and additional information.

If you are seeking legal assistance, the NRA has an attorney referral service. Take advantage of this service by calling the NRA-ILA Office of Litigation Counsel directly at 703.267.1161 and indicate that you are applying for a Foundation grant. The attorneys on this list are not NRA employees, and the NRA does not make any recommendation or representation regarding the attorneys on the list. Please note that any fee arrangements and expenses are the personal responsibility of the individual or entity seeking legal advice. Requests for legal information or general legal questions need to be submitted in writing, and mailed to the Office of Litigation Counsel, 11250 Waples Mill Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030 or emailed to

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



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.