Federal grants available for shooting-range projects

WDFW’s Shooting Range Program was established in 2002 and supports development of not-for-profit shooting ranges with proceeds from a federal excise tax on archery equipment and firearms. The grants reimburse eligible shooting ranges for a significant portion of their construction, materials and other building expenses.

Successful applicants must pay for construction and materials up front, and are then reimbursed for up to 75 percent of the cost. The remaining 25 percent must be raised locally.  Administration of the grant program helps WDFW meet its goal of promoting firearm safety.

"Hunting and recreational shooting are important elements of our Northwest heritage and this federally-funded program effectively promotes both at absolutely no expense to Washington taxpayers," said Mik Mikitik, WDFW’s hunter education coordinator.  "More than 165 shooting ranges in Washington offer hunters and recreational shooters a safe environment to hone their skills."

Applicants must complete a detailed application packet, including information on public range use, an environmental review, program narrative, user fees and charges. Applicants will be notified in August on grant awards. Information and grant applications are available through the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/shooting_ranges , or by contacting the Hunter Education Program at (360) 902-8111, or by e-mail at [email protected] .

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