Shooting Sports Grants

Shooting ranges

Expedited Small Trap Range Grants: March 2016

Program purpose:

To increase shooting range capacity for youth trap shooters and the general public, by providing matching funds to recreational shooting clubs open for public use.

Eligible projects:

Projects that expand, improve, or upgrade trap shooting ranges.

Who may apply:

Local recreational shooting clubs in Minnesota that allow public access to shooting. A facility rehabilitated or developed with a grant must be open to the general public at reasonable times and for a reasonable fee on a walk-in basis. Shooting clubs with existing trap grants must complete their current project, with payments made and the contract closed before applying for additional grant funding.


Grant applications will be scored based on project location and need, financial contributions of funding partners and the applicant, and the feasibility of the project.

Level of assistance:

The Expedited Small Trap Range Grants (ESTRG) program provides grants from $2,500 to $25,000 for listed projects eligible for expedited funding. The grants must be matched 1:1.

The DNR will also be announcing a large grants program for larger trap shooting facility projects. Allocation of funds for the Expedited Small Trap Range Grants and the Large Trap RangeGrants will occur on a semi-annual basis at the discretion of the DNR Commissioner dependent on available funding. All grant agreements must comply with the State of Minnesota grant laws and policies. These funds are from a 2014 legislative appropriation.

How to apply:

Use the application form supplied in this Expedited Small Trap Range Grant Application Packet Word document, and include all documentation at the time you submit your written application. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Three complete sets of the application with original signatures and supporting documentation and plans must be submitted. The materials and documentation must be on standard, letter-sized 8.5 x 11paper.

Completed grant applications, including any supporting documentation, must be received and/ or postmarked before 5 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016.

For questions, contact Chuck Niska, DNR shooting range coordinator, at 612-756-4165 or via e-mail at

Mail applications to:

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Chuck Niska, Shooting Range Coordinator
Division of Enforcement
500 Lafayette Rd., Box 47
St. Paul, MN 55155-4047