Indiana DNR Now Accepting Applications for Shooting Range Development Grants

Staff report

INDIANAPOLIS, July 8, 2024 — The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting applications for grants aimed at developing and expanding public shooting ranges. Organizations and communities are encouraged to apply for the DNR Shooting Range Grant program, which supports the construction and enhancement of rifle, handgun, shotgun, and archery ranges.

The grant program, funded by the federal Wildlife Restoration Program, seeks to increase public recreational shooting sports opportunities across the state. Projects eligible for funding include the construction of new shooting ranges or the expansion of existing facilities. All grant-funded projects must be universally designed to ensure accessibility for all individuals.

Previous grant-funded projects have included the installation of new sidewalks, construction of modern bathroom facilities, the building of trap and skeet houses, and the development of a new modern archery facility.

Applicants interested in the grant program must submit a letter of intent by October 1. Selected applicants will be required to provide 10% of the total project cost. The program primarily draws its funding from a manufacturer tax on the purchase of ammunition, firearms, and archery equipment, along with the sale of hunting licenses. These funds are essential for supporting conservation work conducted by the DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife.

For more detailed information about the grant program and to submit a letter of intent, applicants should visit bit.ly/dnr-shooting-range-grants.

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