Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will begin accepting applications July 1 for $300,000 in shooting range grant funds authorized by the Montana legislature for local governments, school districts, private shooting clubs and nonprofit organizations.
“The Montana legislature increased shooting range grant funds for this next two-year funding cycle, so this is a great opportunity to improve shooting ranges in the state,” said Kurt Cunningham, FWP education bureau chief.
Up to $90,000 can be granted to a single organization, and each organization must provide a 50 percent cash or in-kind match to the grant.
Cunningham said the grants help provide safe training opportunities for students enrolled in hunter and bow hunter educations programs and they help ensure Montana hunters and recreational shooters have safe locations to improve their skills.
“In evaluating the grant applications, we’ll favor those that accommodate the greatest number of shooters and those that allow for a combination of hunting arms,” Cunningham said. Other priorities will be projects that make shooting ranges more available to the public, enhance range safety, support hunter and bow hunter education programs and provide access for people with disabilities.
Applications for the shooting range grants are available on the FWP web site at www.fwp.state.mt.us under Public Notices and then Grants. For details and assistance in completing the grant application, call 406-444-1267.