CPW accepting applications for shooting range grants through March 15

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife is now accepting applications for shooting range construction and improvement grants through the Shooting Range Grant Development Program. Established in 2009, the program is the largest of its kind in the nation and has supported dozens of shooting range improvement projects across Colorado.

An estimated $750,000 will be available in the 2024 grant cycle, although that amount could increase based on available funding. Archery ranges are also eligible for grant funding. Applications are due by March 15, 2024.

Travis Long, coordinator of the Shooting Range Grant Program, notes that grants have helped develop new ranges, improved safety and upgraded facilities at existing ranges. “Many ranges have told us that their membership and usage dramatically improved as a direct result of program investments. That helps grow the sport by bringing in new participants as well as retaining existing ones.”

Some examples of range improvements over just the last few years include taller berms and backstops, better lighting and electrical connections, ADA access, new firing lines and shade structures, development of entirely new ranges and additional recreational shooting opportunities.

Program funds can cover up to 75% of eligible project costs.

“Public access commensurate with funding support is an important consideration,” said Long. “CPW is committed to the continued expansion of recreational shooting opportunities for everyone in our state, and this program highlights our commitment to a collaborative approach to achieve that goal.”

Information and further details on CPW’s Shooting Range Development Grant Program is available on our website.