NSSF Hunting Heritage Trust Grant Program


In partnership with the Hunting Heritage Trust, NSSF has created a million-dollar grant program in support of hunting and the shooting sports recruitment, retention and reactivation efforts; known as R3.  Programs will be considered that emphasize and support initiatives to provide shooting sports and hunting opportunities with a focus on non-traditional participants.


Only project proposals submitted by and in the name of non-governmental organizations (NGO) shall be eligible for funding under the Grant Program. Project proposals from organizations other than non-governmental organizations (NGO) will not be accepted.


A total of $100,000 will be available to qualified NGOs for the purpose of supporting projects/programs designed to recruit, retain and reactive (R3) hunting and shooting sports activities. Programs will be considered that are emphasizing and supporting initiatives to provide shooting sports and hunting opportunities with a focus on an incremental increase of non- traditional participants. The amount of funding that selected applicants may be awarded shall be at the sole discretion of National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). NSSF reserves the right to suspend and/or terminate the Grant Program, adjust the total amount of funding available under the Program and correct any errors made in awarding Program funds, at any time.

The following types of projects are not eligible for Grant Program funding:

a. Projects including activities other than hunting and target shooting with a firearm.

b. Projects that involve building new or improving existing structures.

c. Youth dove/pheasant hunts.

d. Salaries of employees and other overhead expenses.

e. All other projects that are not directly related to the above-stated project eligibility requirements as determined by the NSSF.


  • Grantees must use all granted funds to support the R3 Partnership Grant Program specific to shooting sports and hunting activities.
  • Grant funds shall not be used for any unrelated, unnecessary or indirect expenses.
  • All grant applications must be submitted to NSSF by May 21, 2021 for consideration.
  • All projects must be completed by March 10, 2022.
  • Midterm progress reports shall be due by October 28, 2021.
  • Final written reports shall be due March 17, 2022.


** Grant proposals must be received by NSSF no later than 5pm (EST) on May 21, 2021

Download the Guidelines for the Grant Program and Grant Proposal Outline and submit according to guidelines.

Proposals may be submitted in hard copy or electronic format as follows:

  • One original sent via certified mail: OR
  • Proposal sent by email in Microsoft Word/PDF format.

Proposals must be sent to: 

Melanie Knox
11 Mile Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470-2359
Telephone: (203) 426-1320
Email: [email protected]

Selected grant recipients shall be notified via email during the first week of June.