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Our mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
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Our mission: To promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports.
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Grant Application Information

2016-2017 Grant Application Information

National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has created a grant program specifically for public and private colleges and universities to increase shooting sports participation. The Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative grant program will grow the shooting sports at the collegiate level by providing direct grant assistance to colleges and universities seeking to establish new shooting clubs or teams and to support programs that were just developed in the 2016 spring semester. The program's focus is recruitment and retention.

The Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative grant program’s mission is to:

  1. Raise awareness of shooting sports opportunities at the college level
  2. Provide financial and non-financial assistance in developing college shooting clubs or teams
  3. Serve as a resource for colleges and students interested in learning more about the shooting sports
  4. Help grow the shooting sports at the college level

Who may apply?

Any accredited public or private college or university located in the 50 United States seeking to establish a shooting program may apply for a Collegiate Shooting Sports Grant. Grant applicants must obtain written authorization from their institution’s risk management office or other appropriate department to conduct their shooting programs before submitting their grant applications.

How Much Grant Funding is Available?

A total of $100,000, requesting up to $10,000 per applicant, will be available to qualified colleges and universities to implement a shooting club or team. Newly established shooting clubs or teams that were implemented in the 2016 spring semester may apply for funding. The amount of funding that selected applicants may be awarded shall be at the sole discretion of the NSSF. NSSF's award decisions are final and non-reviewable.

Proposal Guidelines:

  • Proposals will only be considered for new shooting clubs/teams in the Collegiate shooting sports.
  • Grantees must use the grant funds to support shooting sports activities.
  • Grant applicants must obtain written authorization from their institution’s risk management office or other appropriate department to conduct their shooting programs before submitting their grant applications. Download the Institutional Authorization Form
  • Qualifying grant proposals will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis until total grant funding is exhausted.
  • Maximum of $10,000 per college or university can be requested towards establishing a new shooting program or a program that was just implemented in the 2016 spring semester.
  • The project must be completed by May 5, 2017.
  • A final report must be sent to NSSF by May 12, 2017. (Please see Final Report Template Form.)

How to apply:

Download the Application and submit according to guidelines. Grant proposals will be accepted until all grant funds are exhausted. Send all completed proposals via email to Samantha Pedder at spedder@nssf.org

Need guidance or examples?

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), in consultation with Duane Shepherd, Ph.D., of Fort Hays State University’s Department of Health and Human Performance, has prepared “Establishing a Collegiate Shooting Sports Program”. This document will assist you with all the necessary steps to ensure a successful creation of your collegiate shooting sports program.

Also, if you need to review an example of what a grant proposal should include, visit our sample proposals section. This will give a general overview on past grant recipients’ efforts.  (Keep in mind grant guidelines have changed throughout the years. These samples are shown to help guide you through the different sections of your grant proposal.)

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Pedder, Manager of Outreach and Diversity at 203-426-1320 ext. 286.