More Trap Shooting Grants Available in Minnesota

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Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

St. Paul, MN -( Minnesota shooting clubs will have another shot at developing or rehabilitating trap-shooting facilities as well as other ranges open to the public through a grants program from the Department of Natural Resources.

The 2014 Minnesota Legislature authorized more than $2 million for matching grants to recreational shooting clubs for developing or rehabilitating trap shooting sports facilities for public use, with an emphasis on enhancing youth participation opportunities. The 2015 Legislature provided $800,000 in additional funding for a wider variety of range development and rehabilitation.

“We still have trap range grant funding left that, along with added funding, will allow for the growth or improvement of skeet shooting venues, as well as rifle and pistol ranges,” said Chuck Niska, DNR shooting range program coordinator.

Ranges receiving funds must be open to the public on a reasonable basis, for a reasonable fee. The first grant type consists of expedited small trap range grants of $25,000 or less, or large trap range grants of $25,000 or greater. There is $650,000 available until funds are exhausted.

The second grant type includes small range grants of $25,000 or less, or large range grants of $25,000 or greater. There is $800,000 available in 2016. These grants provide a wider variety of range development and rehabilitation.

Each grant recipient is required to equally match the amount of funds the DNR awards them. Grant application packets are available online at

The application period will be March 15 to April 29. Grantees must have completed any prior DNR shooting range projects, with payments made and contracts closed. Grantees also must provide proof of local government approval, insurance and other information once grant awards are announced in May.

“Our hope is that these grants will allow facilities to add additional trap fields, upgrade equipment or make other improvements that enable more people to participate in the shooting sports,” Niska said.

About Minnesota Department of Natural Resources:

The mission of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR) is to work with citizens to conserve and manage the state’s natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life.

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