The application process for the 2022 Shooting Range Small Grant Program is CLOSED.
The application period for the 2023 grant will open on Monday, May 25, 2023.
For more information please review the Frequently Asked Questions or email the Hunter Education Program Assistant, Melissa Neal.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers an opportunity for shooting ranges across Colorado to apply for funding for improvements to public and private shooting range facilities. The facilities must allow hunter education classes and public sight-in days.
Funding for the Hunter Education Shooting Range Small Grant Program is generated by federal excise taxes collected on the purchase of hunting equipment. It is managed as a federal grant program to the states by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a user pays, user benefits program ("Section 10 - Hunter Education"). Therefore, this grant program involves local communities and/or businesses in partnership with CPW and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Approximately five projects will be selected annually, with a total of $20,000 available for grants. Each project proposed should have a budget not less than $500 and not more than $5,000.
Applicants must match the Shooting Range Small Grant Program award with non-federal cash or in-kind services (donated labor and/or supplies and equipment use).
It is very important that proposed grant activities produce improvements at shooting ranges that are readily available for public use (some private use is allowed). A project proposal will be ranked primarily in terms of new and/or improved shooting range opportunities for hunter education, hunter sight-in and practice, and youth participation in shooting sports.
The Hunter Education Shooting Range Small Grant Program recently funded:
- An improved parking lot
- Shooting benches
- New target stands
- A shade shelter
- A new concrete walkway