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Let Us Help You Improve Your Shooting Range

DEC in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension has developed a Shooting Range Small Grants Program

shooting_range1.jpgIn an effort to support recreational opportunities for sporting communities across the state and to promote safe and responsible use of firearms, DEC, in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Saratoga County, has launched the Shooting Range Small Grants Program. Both groups have worked closely with stakeholders to gather ideas and suggestions for this first year of the program.

Shooting ranges provide important benefits to the hunting, recreational shooting and competitive shooting communities. Ranges help develop the firearm and archery familiarity and proficiency necessary for safe and ethical hunting and promote the responsible use of firearms and archery equipment. With publicly accessible shooting ranges in high demand, this is proving to be a well received supportive program.

This new program is intended to assist non-profit organizations and municipalities with improvement projects for shooting ranges and related facilities.

shooting_range2.jpgTo be eligible for the grant program, applicants must demonstrate five years of successful range operation and be willing to provide degree of public access for hunters, shooters and archers to practice and improve their skills. Eligible projects such as safety berms, shooting benches, skeet and trap houses, classroom and facility upgrades, and archery range development may be considered.

Projects will be selected annually through a competitive grant process, with allocations ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 at a three-to-one ratio match (e.g., a $15,000 grant would need $5,000 in matching funds from the applicant). Funding for the program is derived from a federal tax on firearms and ammunition, made available to state fish and wildlife agencies through their sportsman education activities.

To learn more…

To learn more about the goals and eligible projects within the program and to obtain the program guidelines and application packet, visit the Shooting Range Small Grants Program page on DEC’s website: or contact Melissa Bailey at (315) 793-2515 or

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