In an effort to support recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women across the state and to promote safe and responsible use of firearms, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in partnership with the Cornell Cooperative Extension has launched a Shooting Range Grant Program.
The grant program encourages the development, improvement and operations of shooting ranges.
The plan is part of Governor Cuomo’s Open for Hunting and Fishing Initiative.
The state has $65,000 available for matching grants to eligible non-profit or municipal shooting ranges across the state. Funding for the program is derived from a federal tax on firearms.
Ranges are used for developing firearms and archery proficiency as well as teaching safe and ethical hunting practices. Many ranges offer competitive shooting events and provide training for local law enforcement.
To be eligible to apply for funds, applicants must demonstrate five years of successful range operation and be willing to provide a publicly-accessible place for hunters, shooters, and archers to practice and improve their skills. Proposals should include ways to introduce newcomers or keep current and past participants involved in organized shooting sports.