The Arizona Game and Fish Commission accepts grant applications annually for the Shooting Range Development Grant Program to encourage the development and improvement of shooting ranges and to support their maintenance and operation.
Groups such as sportsmen’s clubs and government agencies are eligible to participate. If the applicant is not a government agency, the organization must demonstrate five years of successful range operation. Grants are for shooting ranges providing recreational public shooting. Privately owned and for-profit ranges are not eligible for this program.
Grant funds are used to reimburse eligible project expenditures up to 50 percent of the total cost. Grants can be matched with cash, with donated labor and materials, or with land. Funds may sometimes, in special circumstances, be advanced prior to expenditures, if approved in advance.
Projects for development, redevelopment, relocation, noise abatement, improvements and purchases of capital equipment must have an expected useful life of five or more years.
Acceptance of a grant requires that the range be made available for Arizona Game and Fish Department hunter education activities, hunter recruitment efforts, and activities that support the Archery in the Schools Program and Scholastic Clay Target Program.
Examples of eligible shooting range projects:
* development, redevelopment, relocation
* noise abatement structures
* land preparation
* construction of backstops and safety berms
* sky baffles and noise baffles
* air filtration systems for indoor ranges
* lead recovery systems
* shooting pads, stations and covers
* storm drainage systems
* electrical, water and sewage systems
* training, storage and clubhouse facilities
* sanitary facilities
* access roads and parking lots
* security or safety fencing and gates
* target holder systems
The application deadline is on or about January 15, annually