The NRA Foundation | Range Grant Guidelines

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 is 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. 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. 

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

Special Note About Requests for Trap Machines

The NRA Foundation considers requests for certain trap machines to be range improvements. Specifically, requests for commercial grade trap machines that are designed to be a permanent fixture at a range (regardless of their portability) require submission of the Range Grant Application.


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. Required documents are:

All Grant Applications:

  • W9 Form: An IRS W9 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.

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.

However, Range Grant Applications typically undergo additional review based on Foundation policies and IRS regulations, including that:

  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 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 clearer. 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 501(c)(3) religious organization, 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.


  1. Applications for range improvements must include letters from benefiting 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 qualified 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 do not show a public benefit. Such letters will be disregarded, and you will be requested to provide additional documentation demonstrating a public benefit before the application can move forward.


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