May 19, 2009

Grant Money Available for Shooter Recruitment

NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation is making a total of $250,000 in grant money available to public and private shooting facilities.

The Range Partnership Grant Program provides funding to help public and private shooting facilities jump-start recruitment and retention efforts.

Many of the Range Partnership Grants will be pilot projects designed to test new or existing recruitment techniques and see if they are worth the investment.

Grant Money Available for Shooter Recruitment

NSSF is looking for unique models that move the needle on recruiting new shooters, re-activation of lapsed shooters and increasing opportunities for active shooters.

Who May Apply?

Only project proposals submitted by and in the name of public and private ranges/clubs or educational institutions with hunting and shooting sports curriculums/facilities shall be eligible for funding under the program.

Eligible projects must address one or more of the following:

a. Recruitment of new shooters;
b. Re-activation of lapsed shooters;
c. Increased opportunities for active shooters to try another discipline;
d. Communications or outreach programs/projects geared toward retaining and/or recruiting shooters.
e. NSSF will consider funding public and private shooting facility sponsored meetings, symposia or conferences with the specific goal being to look at the future of recreational shooters and hunters in a state/county/town and determine what types of projects are needed to address recruitment, retention or access.

The following types of projects are not eligible for Grant Program funding:

a. Projects that involve building new or improving existing structures, such as clubhouses, shelter buildings, residences of employees and similar or other facilities not essential to the operation of a shooting range.
b. Projects including activities other than with a firearm.
c. Projects that include the purchase of land.
d. Operation and maintenance of equipment and supplies and purchase of new equipment.
e. Engineering and design documents and plans.
f. All other projects that are not directly related to the above-stated project eligibility requirements as determined by the NSSF.

Project Deadline:

Projects must be completed by February 1, 2010. Grant recipients shall also be required to submit final written reports regarding their projects. Final written reports shall be due February 17, 2010.

For more information contact Melissa A. Schilling, Manager, Recruitment & Retention, National Shooting Sports Foundation, MSchilling@NSSF.org.

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