BSA Challenge Grant

Boy Scouts of America Council Challenge Grant 2017

Program Purpose:

National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has created a challenge grant program specifically for local Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Councils and shooting sports programs. Challenge grant funds should reflect planning to strengthen and increase BSA Council activities in shooting sports and commitment to the advancement of knowledge and understanding of shooting sports activities and firearms safety.

Learning proper skills and safety techniques at an early age often results in a lifetime interest in shooting sports and the outdoors.

Who may apply?

Only grant applications submitted by and in the name of BSA Council(s) specific to providing shooting sports programs and activities and matching funds with equal to or exceeding grant request, earmarked specifically for shooting sports initiatives.

How Much Grant Funding is Available?

A total of $100,000 will be available to qualifying BSA Councils for the purpose of supporting initiatives designed to providing shooting sports opportunities for new members and/or retain current members. Of this amount, the first 50 qualifying grant applicants are eligible to receive up to a maximum of $2,000 in matching grant funding from the NSSF. The amount of funding that qualifying applicants may be awarded shall be at the sole discretion of NSSF. NSSF’s award decisions are final and non-reviewable.

Application Guidelines:

  • Grantees must use the challenge grant funds to support shooting sports activities.
  • Fundraising is an integral part of long-term planning; therefore all fundraising matches must be used towards shooting sports activities.
  • All awarded funds must be used toward the purchase of equipment and/or supplies for BSA Council shooting sports activities from a NSSF Member Retailer. A complete listing of NSSF Member Retailers can be viewed at (Examples of qualifying purchases – ammunition, eye protection, ear protection, firearms, targets, shooting vests, etc.)
  • Qualifying grant applications will be accepted on a first-come first-serve basis until total grant funding is exhausted.
  • The project must be completed by January 26, 2018.
  • A final report must be sent to NSSF by February 12, 2018. (Please see Final Report Template Form in application PDF.)

How to apply:

Download the Application PDF and submit according to guidelines. Grant applications will be accepted until all challenge grant funds are exhausted.

Completed applications can be sent via email, fax or mail to:

National Shooting Sports Foundation
Attn: BSA Grant
11 Mile Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470-2359 
Phone: 203-426-1320
Fax: 203-426-1087

Interested in becoming a member of the National Shooting Sports Foundation? A member application is provided in Application PDF.