goal of the new shooting range program is to promote
recreational shooting in a safe and educational
Shooting Range Grants Program
There will be no Shooting Range Grants offered in 2011. The program has been placed on hold until further notice. This is due to reductions in the amount of federal funds available. For 2011, the funds that were to be allotted for shooting range grants have been shifted to Hunter Education Program use.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife has limited federal
aid monies available to assist nonprofit shooting ranges.
Available federal funds for the statewide shooting
range development will vary between $50,000 to $100,000
per year. The shooting range program is a competitive
grant and it requires local matching money. Successful
grant applicants are paid on a reimbursement program.
This means that grantees will first pay any costs associated
with construction and materials and then later will
be reimbursed for up to 75% of these costs. The remaining
25% must be provided by a local (not federal), cost-share
Federal funding for hunter education and shooting ranges
is derived from one-half of the 11% federal excise tax
on archery equipment and 10% federal excise tax on handguns,
pistols and revolvers.
The agency's Shooting Range Program is separate from
the range development program operated by the Recreation and Conservation Office (RCO). The Washington
Department of Fish and Wildlife uses federal funds for
its program, and federal rules and regulations--in addition
to state rules and regulations--are applied. Funding
for the RCO program is derived from state revenues only
and not all federal regulations apply.
Shooting Range Program funding is available ONLY to
nonprofit shooting organizations, school districts and
governments. Nonprofit organizations must be formally
registered with Washington's Secretary of State.
Only shooting facilities which are open to the general
public on a regular basis will be considered for funding.
Requests for funding private or commercial shooting
ranges will not be considered.