DNR Large Trap Range Grants

Program purpose:

To increase shooting range capacity for youth trap shooters, by providing matching funds to recreational shooting clubs open for public use.

Eligible projects:

Projects that expand, improve, or upgrade trap shooting ranges.

Who may apply:

Local recreational shooting clubs in Minnesota that allow public access to shooting. A facility rehabilitated or developed with a grant must be open to the general public at reasonable times and for a reasonable fee on a walk-in basis.


Grant applications will be scored based on project location and need, financial contributions of funding partners and the applicant, and the feasibility of the project. 

Level of assistance:

The Large Trap Range Grants (LTRG) program provides grants from $25,002 and above $25,000 for listed projects eligible for expedited funding. The grants must be matched 1:1.

The DNR will also be announcing Round 2 of the expedited trap range grants program for smaller trap shooting facility projects. Allocation of funds for the Expedited Small Trap Range Grants and the Large Trap RangeGrants will occur on an annual basis at the discretion of the DNR Commissioner and is dependent on available funding. All grant agreements must comply with the State of Minnesota grant laws and policies.

How to apply:

Use the application form supplied in this Grant Application Packet This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it., and include all documentation at the time you submit your written application. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted. Three complete sets of the application with original signatures and supporting documentation and plans must be submitted. The materials and documentation must be on standard, letter-sized 8.5 x 11paper.

Completed grant applications, including any supporting documentation, must be received and/ or postmarked before 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

For questions, contact Chuck Niska, DNR shooting range coordinator, at 612-756-4165 or
via e-mail at chuck.niska@state.mn.us.

Mail applications to:
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Chuck Niska, Shooting Range Coordinator
Division of Enforcement
500 Lafayette Rd., Box 47
St. Paul, MN 55155-4047