Friday, June 22, 2001Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking applicants for $180,000 in grants available for the development and improvement of safe, public shooting ranges. FWP administers the grant program, which is funded by hunting license dollars, to create safe training areas for students enrolled in hunter and bow hunter education programs and to provide hunters and recreational shooters an opportunity to improve shooting skills. Since 1990, over $680,000 has been allocated through 69 grants in 37 different locations.
Proposals may request a maximum of $54,000 for projects that make shooting ranges more accessible for public use, enhance range safety, allow for multiple shooting opportunities, support hunter and bow hunter education programs, and that provide access to people with disabilities. Applicants must be able to provide a dollar-to-dollar match for grants in cash, materials, donation of land or materials and volunteer labor. Local governments, school districts or private organizations having identifiable officers are eligible to apply. The shooting range must have a 10-year lease or be on land owned by a club.
Applicants for a shooting range assistance grant must prepare and submit a proposal to FWP's Conservation Education Division. FWP will review applications from July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2003 on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as funds are available. Grant funds will be released after July 1, 2001. For detailed information or to request a grant application, call FWP at 406-444-1267.