The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has a new archery and shooting range grant program to help establish and expand facilities offering public access.
Organizations may apply for two types of grants -- equipment grants with 50/50 cost share and development grants with 75/25 cost share. Development grants are limited to $50,000 per fiscal year.
For this initial grant period, up to $40,000 and a 10 station sporting clays equipment package will be available. The department expects up to $120,000 annually to be available in future years.
Funding for the program is program is provided through a combination of state (license sales) and federal (excise tax) funding. Applications for the 2012 grant cycle must be received by September 15. In subsequent years, the deadline will be February 1.
Workshops on the grant program are being scheduled around the state. Those interested should pre-register by going to www.iowadnr.gov/training and looking under Shooting Range Programs.
The DNR is also asking ranges offering public access to participate in an online survey. The results of this survey are used to better understand current public access levels and ascertain best use of state funding in order to improve public access to shooting and archery facilities around the state.
Complete grant information, application materials and a link to the survey can be found at: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Recreation/Shooti...
For more information contact Ben Berka, Shooting Sports Coordinator, at 515-281-0140 or Ben.Berka@dnr.iowa.gov.