Fish & Wildlife Grants Available to Vermont Shooting Ranges
Posted on 02/25/2015
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Fish & Wildlife Grants Available to Vermont Shooting Ranges

MONTPELIER, Vt. – A Vermont Fish & Wildlife grant program creating more access to safe places to shoot is continuing in 2015. 
Shooting clubs, sportsmen’s groups and government agencies operating shooting ranges, including archery ranges, have until 4:30 p.m. on May 15, 2015 to submit applications for grants from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.  The Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program was developed last year to encourage the improvement of shooting ranges and to enhance their safety and operation.  This year’s grant period begins July 1, 2015.

“This new program is a great help to fish and game clubs looking to improve their facilities, and to hunters and shooters looking for places to sight in their rifles and hone their skills,” said Commissioner Louis Porter.  “Increased range opportunities encourage hunters to become more proficient with firearms while promoting safe gun handling.”

Examples of projects that could be eligible for funding include shooting range re-development, noise abatement structures, safety berms, shooting pads and stations, and the construction or improvement of access roads and parking lots.  Grant money can be also used for lead mitigation.  This could include recycling, reducing range floor surface drainage or liming range property.

The Fish & Wildlife Department anticipates making a total of $30,000 available this year.  These funds are derived from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program and Federal excise taxes on hunting and shooting equipment.  This is a 75 percent reimbursement grant program and requires a 25 percent non-federal match from the grant recipient.  This can come through ‘in-kind’ match, such as volunteer labor and donated equipment or cash.

Federal rules on the funding include a requirement that a range receiving one of these grants provide at least 20 hours of public use per month when in operation, and  that the facility is open and made available at reasonable times to hunter education courses.  Vermont nonprofit organizations, municipalities and clubs are eligible. 

The deadline for application submittal is May 15, 2015.  For further information or to download an application packet, visit the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com.  Click on “Hunting and Trapping,” and then on “Shooting Ranges in Vermont.”  Or contact Daneil Pieterse at (802) 272-6923.

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