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Shooting Range Improvement Grant

Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program encourages the improvement of non-profit and municipal shooting range and provides Vermonters with safe, environmentally responsible shooting areas.

The department provides grant funds annually as available. These funds are derived from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife Restoration Program which come from Federal excise taxes on hunting and shooting equipment. All partnerships, leases and cooperative ventures entered into are granted according to law and to the rules and regulations of the State of Vermont.

This is a 75% reimbursement grant program and requires a 25% non-federal match from the grant recipient.

HOW TO APPLY
You must use the forms supplied in the application packet, and include all documentation at the time you submit your application. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Three complete sets of the application and supporting documentation must be submitted. We prefer that materials and documentation be supplied on standard, letter-sized 8.5 x 11 paper. We understand some blueprint plans or maps may be of larger size. Electronic applications are acceptable.

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DEADLINE
Grant applications must be received by or postmarked on or before May 16th, 2014 by 4:30 p.m.
Submit your application to:

Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

GRANT REQUIREMENTS & LIMITATIONS
  1. The department will determine how much money is available each year, but generally the total is expected to be $80,000 in Federal Funds. The maximum award will be $50,000 per project. The minimum submission for grant reimbursement is $5,000, subject to availability of funding.

  2. Grant funds are used to reimburse eligible project expenditures up to 75% of the total cost; including in-kind match. Grants can be matched with non-federal source of cash or donated labor and materials.

  3. In-kind matching funds in the form of donated labor and/or materials may be used in addition to, or in place of, cash. Examples of in-kind contributions include volunteer labor, materials, use of equipment and costs incurred by the contractor or subcontractors to complete the project.

    To be eligible as an allowable cost, all in-kind contributions must be expressly determined by the state to be a necessary and integral part of the project. Third party in-kind contributions may count toward satisfying the matching requirement only if the participants receiving these in-kind contributions would otherwise have to pay for them to complete project requirements or necessities.

    Costs for engineering, project design, land surveys, blueprint preparation and environmental assessment preparation specific to project construction can be used as in-kind matching funds. Generally, contractor or third party in-kind contributions are valued at the rate the state would have to pay for similar services or property if purchased on the open market. Materials contributed by a contractor or third party must be assigned the market value at the time of the contribution.

  4. The department will reimburse bills within 90 days, providing adequate documentation of expenses. A site inspection by department personnel may be required before processing any invoices. Inspection will be required at the conclusion of the project.

  5. Projects for redevelopment, relocation, noise abatement, improvements and purchases of capital equipment must have an expected useful life of five (5) or more years.

  6. Acceptance of a grant requires that the range be made available for public access to range facilities funded by the grant for 10 years after completion and inspection.

    Public access must be a minimum 20 hours each month, at least 10 of the hours have to occur during normal operating hours on a weekend day. Appropriate fees may be charged.

    If the grant is funding non-shooting range specific facilities (i.e. sanitary facilities or parking), alternate shooting range facilities on the property must be made available.

  7. The entity must post public hours on signage. The department will provide this signage. This signage will credit the department for its funding in any range improvements.

    All signs posted at the site will acknowledge the department in the following manner: “This range has received a grant from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department: This range is open to the public for shooting (as posted rules) during the following hours: XXXX.

  8. A permanent sign shall also be installed which credits the department for the life of the project. This sign shall be provided by the department.

  9. The range must be available for state-run hunter education courses. If the grant is funding non-shooting range specific facilities (i.e. sanitary facilities or parking), alternate facilities on the property must be made available for this purpose.

  10. Entity has to demonstrate five (5) years of successful range operation.

  11. Entity must have $1,000,000 liability insurance.

  12. Entity must have at least 10 years of land tenure by deed or lease, and must have all required zoning and development permits that pertain to this grant proposal project at the start of this project. Grants are not available to groups still in the process of acquiring land tenure or zoning.

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SHOOTING RANGE GRANT FAQs

  1. Who is eligible?
  2. Questions not answered in the application packet?
  3. How to apply?
  4. When is the deadline?
  5. How is eligibility determined?
  6. Does open membership meet the 20 hour/month public access requirement?
  7. Must a range organization member be present to supervise when the range is open to public shooting?
  8. Do club events, competitions and hunter education courses count toward the 20 hours of public access?

1. Who is eligible?
Non-profit organizations, such as sportsmen’s clubs and governmental agencies, are eligible to participate. If the applicant is not a government agency, the organization or individual administering the grant project must have at least 10 years of land tenure by deed or lease and must demonstrate five years of successful range operation. Grants are for shooting ranges providing recreational public shooting. For-profit organizations are not eligible for this program. Applicants must have liability insurance.
To prove non-profit status, a copy of Federal certificate of non-profit status or a “Certificate of Good Standing” issued by State of Vermont, Office of Secretary of State is required. The Certificate of Good Standing certifies your organization is a non-profit corporation formed under the laws of the State of Vermont.
For more information, on receiving proof of State non-profit status:
Secretary of State
26 Terrace Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05609-1101
802-828-2363
Organizations who received improvement grants in previous years may apply for another if their previous grant agreement has been completed or is in good standing.
2. Questions not answered in the application packet?
If you have a question about the grant program, please contact Chris Saunders, (802)343-5487 or email him at chris.saunders@state.vt.us.
3. How to apply?
Use the forms supplied in the application and include all documentation at the time you submit. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
Three complete sets of the application and supporting documentation must be submitted. We prefer that materials and documentation be supplied on standard, letter-sized 8.5 x 11 paper. Some blueprint plans or maps may be of larger size. Electronic applications are acceptable.
Shooting Range Improvement Grant Application(pdf) »

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4. When is the deadline?
Grant applications must be received by or postmarked on or before May 16th by 4:30 p.m. Submit your application to:
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program
ATTN: Chris Saunders
1 National Life Drive, Davis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
5. How is eligibility determined?
Projects should be designed according to standards contained in the most current available edition of the National Rifle Association’s Range Source Book, a Guide to Planning and Construction or comparable guideline specifications.

Here are some examples of eligible shooting range projects:

  • shooting pads, stations and covers
  • development, redevelopment, relocation
  • electrical, water and sewage systems
  • noise abatement structures
  • lead recovery systems, lead recycling and lead mitigation projects
  • training, storage and clubhouse facilities
  • land preparation
  • construction of backstops and safety berms
  • sanitary facilities
  • access roads and parking lots
  • sky baffles and noise baffles
  • security or safety fencing and gates
  • air filtration systems for indoor ranges
  • permanent target holder systems
  • trap houses
  • storm drainage systems to manage runoff from shot zones or parking areas

The following projects are not eligible for grant funding:

  • targets and removable target frames
  • operation and maintenance equipment and supplies, including firearms and ammunition
  • public address systems or audio/visual equipment
  • personal protective equipment
  • hearing and blood testing

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6. Our club has open membership. Does that meet the requirement of having 20 hours of public access per month?
No. Public access means your range or parts of your range will be open to non-members. You can designate the times and days and charge a reasonable fee. Many clubs already meet this requirement by having open skeet shooting once or twice a week.
7. Does a range have to have a member of the organization present to supervise shooting when it's open to public shooting?
No. However, the department strongly recommends clearly posted range rules.
8. Do club events, competitions and hunter education courses count toward the 20 hours of public access?
Depends. Are these club events competitions or just public shoots? If they are just shoots then they count towards the public access requirement, even if you charge a fee. Competitions, whether sanctioned or not, do not count. Grant rules require the facility be open to hunter education use. This use is used to rank applications but does not count toward the public hours.
CONTACT US
Chris Saunders, (802)343-5487. He can also be reached via email.

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