Nevada Department of Wildlife offers grants for shooting range projects
December 31, 2012
The Nevada Department of Wildlife has grants available to individuals or organizations with shooting range project proposals.
NDOW receives the bulk of its funding through user fees and excise taxes on shooting, archery, angling and recreational boating equipment collected by the federal government under the Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson Acts and is seeking to return a portion of those tax revenues to Nevada through shooting range grants to local governments.
Pittman-Robertson excise tax revenue is apportioned to the states via the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, with a portion of the funds earmarked specifically for Hunter Education or shooting range development and enhancement, according to a press release. These funds are divided following a formula which takes into account the state’s population, number of licensed hunters and land mass, which in Nevada’s case translates to about $100,000 that is available on an annual basis.
Any individual or organization with a shooting range project proposal is encouraged to apply, but the grants come with some basic qualifications and stipulations including that the range must be open to the public for free or a reasonable charge and, if fees are charged, the proceeds must go toward maintaining or improving range facilities; a local government entity must be willing to accept the funds, agree to oversee the project and sign a long-term agreement ensuring facility availability, operations and maintenance; 25 percent match must be provided. The match can come in many forms including cash, donated goods and/or services and volunteer time.
NDOW range grant funds have been used to help support the Clark County Shooting Park, Washoe County Regional Shooting and Archery facilities and shooting ranges in Douglas, Elko, Humboldt counties. These ranges have helped meet the need for local shooting facilities and NDOW is always on the lookout for other such projects.
The application deadline is March 1. For more information, visit http://www.ndow.org/about/grant.