Additional Requirements for Range Grant Applications

Range Improvement Projects

The following guidelines are for organizations seeking funding to support a range improvement project. These guidelines are in addition to the requirements found in the General Grant Guidelines.

Any request to support a project that seeks to improve a facility would be considered a range improvement. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Berm improvements
  • Clubhouse/Classroom facility improvements
  • Shelter structures/covered firing lines/pavilions
  • Road improvements
  • Commercial-grade trap machines (See special note below)
  • Any other permanent improvement to your organization’s property or facility

If you are applying for a grant to support any projects similar to the ones listed above, you must complete and submit the Range Grant Application. 

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

*Please note that requests for items such as portable shooting points, like those used by JROTC units for air rifle training, are not considered range improvements and should be made using the General Grant Application.

 

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). The following machines are considered to be range improvements:

Promatic
Club 275 ATA
Super Sporter
PRO ATA Set
Chondel/Rabbit
Ranger

Atlas
AT-400
Teal/Chandelle
Trio Field Simulator

Other comparable machines to those listed above will also be considered range improvements.

  

Special Guidelines for Range Improvement Applications

Applications from organizations seeking funding to support range improvement projects will be evaluated and treated in the same manner as general grant applications. However, range grant applications typically undergo additional scrutiny to ensure that the project meets Foundation policies and IRS regulations.

  1. Applicants for range improvements/developments must supply a copy of the deed or lease for the land on which the club or range is located.
  2. Proposed projects must promote a 501(c)(3) purpose. Applications from clubs or ranges requesting improvements must demonstrate how the proposed project will benefit qualified groups such as the Boy Scouts, schools, or local law enforcement agencies, or otherwise benefit the public at large.
  3. If your organization 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, both of which 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, a church, 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.

LETTERS FROM BENEFITING ORGANIZATIONS

  1. Applications for range or club improvements must include letters from benefiting nonprofit organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, FFA, law enforcement, ROTC or other military units, recognized charities, governmental entities, or other 501(c)(3) or equivalent organizations. The letters must demonstrate 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.
  2. 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 nonprofit organization that uses the facilities.
  3. The more an applicant demonstrates the public benefit, the easier it will be to approve the grant.

Letters from clubs or ranges that describe how the project will benefit NRA members, club members, or potential members will be disregarded and you will be requested to provide additional documentation to prove public benefit.

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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