The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is offering an opportunity for third party entities across Colorado to apply for funding for improvements to public and private shooting range facilities that allow hunter education classes and public sight-in days.
Funding for the Hunter Education Shooting Range Small Grant Program is generated by federal excise taxes collected on the purchase of hunting equipment. It is managed as a federal grant program to the states ("Section 10—Hunter Education") by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a "User Pays–User Benefits" program. Therefore, this grant program involves local communities and/or businesses in partnership with CPW and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Approximately five projects will be selected annually, with a total of $20,000 available for grants. Each project proposed should have a budget not less than $500 and not more than $5,000.
Applicants must match the Shooting Range Small Grant Program award with non-federal cash or in-kind services (donated labor and/or supplies and equipment use).
It is very important that proposed grant activities will produce improvements at shooting ranges that are readily available for public use (some private use is allowed). A project proposal will be ranked primarily in terms of new and/or improved shooting range opportunities for hunter education, hunter sight-in and practice, and youth participation in shooting sports.
The Hunter Education Shooting Range Small Grant Program recently funded an improved parking lot, shooting benches, new target stands, and a new concrete walkway.