DNR shooting/archery range development grants available
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today that
$240,000 in Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources grant money
is now available to nonprofit groups and organizations for the
improvement of shooting and archery range facilities around the state.
The grants are designed to enhance the Minnesota Hunter Education
Program by providing additional access to students for hunter safety
education training and live firing, and to increase public access to
recreational shooting facilities.
Total grant funding would be split equally between each group, with a
$20,000 maximum available for each firearms improvement project such
as the purchase of materials to repair, improve or expand shooting
positions, benches, baffles, etc.
Archery ranges are eligible for up to a maximum $5,000 for each
archery range improvement project, including target stands, backstop
berms, shooting platforms, etc.
Any nonprofit group or organization that operates a shooting or
archery range is eligible, according to DNR Shooting Range Coordinator
Chuck Niska. Projects must be completed by June 30, 2006.
"We're looking toward working with basic types of installations for
groups that really need our help rather than helping established
shooting or archery operations fine tune their facilities," Niska
said. "We want to help groups in need grow their capacity for
shooting. With limited funding, this is the best use of public
Grants will be dispersed according to criteria developed to enhance
hunter safety and increase public access to ranges. Checks will be
dispersed on a matching basis.
Information and application packages are available by calling DNR
Shooting Range Coordinator Chuck Niska at (651) 297-2449 or via e-mail
Applications are also available on the DNR Web site at