The National Shooting Sports Foundation has awarded $399,456 in grants to 16 shooting ranges to develop programs that will put more people on the firing line. The NSSF Range Partnership Grant Program assists qualifying shooting ranges in their efforts to introduce newcomers, reactivate lapsed shooters and encourage active shooters to try different aspects of the shooting sports.
Deep River Sporting Clays in Sanford, N.C., received a grant, for example, to grow its “Give Shooting a Shot” youth program, which expects to attract 1,000 new shooters and retain 40 percent of them as active participants.
NSSF received 79 proposals in all—15 more than last year and a new high for the program. Launched in 2008, the NSSF Range Partnership Grant Program has awarded funding to 62 ranges totaling $1.57 million to date.
“Nearly all the projects funded by the NSSF Range Grant Program emphasize outreach to the community, reminding residents that target shooting is fun and social and that participating is easy to do at a nearby range,” said Melissa Schilling, NSSF’s director of recruitment and retention.
Projects such as physical improvements to facilities that are not essential to the operation of the range are not eligible for grants.
Schilling explained that a priority of the program is to highlight “models of success,” so that grant-assisted initiatives that have been successful at the piloting range can be adopted by other facilities to build more participation, customers and profits. Case studies of programs that have received funding in prior years are available for review at www.nssf.org/shooting/grants.
See the NSSF press release to learn which shooting facilities received grants for 2012.