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Grants to Arizona Nonprofits and Agencies to Maintain and Improve Public Shooting Ranges

Shooting Range Development Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: Arizona

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/15/24 5:00 PM - Postmarked or Submitted Save

Grant Description
Grants to Arizona nonprofit organizations and government agencies for the improvement and operation of publicly accessible shooting ranges. Funding is intended to support existing education programs, provide state residents with safe shooting areas, encourage safe shooting and hunting practices, promote firearm proficiency, and support law enforcement training.

The Arizona Game and Fish Commission (Commission) created the Shooting Range Development Grant Program in 1996 to encourage the development and improvement of shooting ranges and to support their maintenance and operation. This program provides support for the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s (AZGFD/Department) Hunter Education, Archery Education and the Scholastic Clay Target Programs (SCTP), encourages hunters to become more proficient with firearms, promotes safe hunting and shooting practices, provides Arizona residents with safe shooting areas, and supports law enforcement training.

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

Eligible Shooting Range Projects:

  • Development, redevelopment, relocation
  • Noise abatement structures
  • Land preparation
  • Construction of backstops and safety berms
  • Sky and noise baffles
  • Air filtration systems for indoor ranges
  • Lead recovery systems
  • Shooting pads, stations and covers
  • Storm drainage systems
  • Electrical, water and sewage systems
  • Training, storage and clubhouse facilities
  • Dormitories
  • Sanitary facilities
  • Access roads and parking lots
  • Security or safety fencing and gates
  • Target holder systems
  • Signage


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Groups such as sportsmen’s clubs and government agencies are eligible to participate. If the applicant is not a government agency, the organization must demonstrate five years of successful range operation. Grants are for shooting ranges providing recreational public shooting.

The range must have a history of operation for at least five years unless owned or managed by a government agency.

Privately owned and for-profit ranges are not eligible for this program.

Non-Eligible Shooting Range Projects:
- Targets and target frames
- Engineering and design documents and plans
- Audio/visual equipment
- Personal protective equipment
- Hearing and blood testing

Pre-Application Information
Grant applications must be postmarked or submitted before 5 p.m., Jan. 15, 2024.

Final grant awards are determined by the Arizona Game and Fish Commission at it’s May meeting.

Applications will be accepted via postal service or through an online application.

It is not required to complete the online application at one time. Your application can be submitted and later edited. After the application is submitted the user will receive an email. This email will include a link to your application for editing. Applications can be edited until the deadline.

Grant funds are used to reimburse eligible project expenditures up to 50 percent of the total cost. Grants can be matched with cash, with donated labor and materials, or with land.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract
Acceptance of a grant requires that the range be made available for Arizona Game and Fish Department Hunter Education activities, hunter recruitment efforts, and activities that support the Archery in the Schools Program and Scholastic Clay Target Program.

Contact Information
Apply online:

All supporting documentation may be uploaded to the online application or sent to

If submitting a paper application, send to:
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Statewide Shooting Range Administrator
5000 W. Carefree Highway
Phoenix, AZ 85086

If you have any questions regarding this grant or your application please contact Matt Schwartzkopf, Statewide Shooting Range Administrator, at 623-236-7395 or at the email address above.

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