Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks has $250,000 in shooting range grant funds which will be awarded beginning July 1 on a first come, first served basis. FWP will accept applications from local governments, school districts, private shooting clubs and nonprofit organizations.
"The Montana Legislature reauthorized funding for this next two-year grant cycle, so this is a great opportunity to improve shooting ranges in the state," said Thomas Baumeister, FWP education bureau chief.
Up to $75,000 can be granted to a single organization. Each organization must provide a 50 percent cash or in-kind match to the grant.
Baumeister said the grants help provide safe training opportunities for hunters, recreational shooters and students enrolled in hunter and bow hunter education programs.
"If the number of grant requests exceed the funds available, the applications will be prioritized based on which accommodate the greatest number of shooters and those that allow for a combination of hunting arms," Baumeister 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.For a shooting range grant application, go to the FWP web site, under Shooting Range Grants. For assistance in completing the grant application, call 406-444-1267.