Shooting Range grant applications are now available

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is accepting applications for the Shooting Range Grant Program.

Shooting range grants are available to counties, cities, villages, towns, other governmental agencies or units, clubs or organizations, businesses or corporations and education institutions. Grants are awarded every two years for private shooting ranges and twice a year for public ranges. Recipients must provide a cost share amount.

Eligible projects include archery ranges, backstops and berms, target holders, restroom facilities, shooting benches, baffles, trenches, signs, gun racks, platforms, protective fencing and other items the DNR deems essential for a project. Most projects include improving the range to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, increasing safety aspects and developing shooting lanes for a variety of firearms. Indoor ranges may be eligible as well, including classroom, storage and restroom facilities.

This grant program is administered as a reimbursement program. This means grant recipients must incur and pay all costs associated with the project before seeking reimbursement from DNR. No grant advances are possible. It is possible for grantees to request partial (quarterly) reimbursements from the DNR during the life of the project. More information is available by searching the DNR website,, for “Shooting Range Grant Program.”

Public and private shooting range grant applications are due on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016. To learn more about DNR grant programs search the DNR website,, for keyword “grants.”