FARR Firearms and Archery Range Recreation Program

Funding

$580,000

Details

Grant Limit

$150,000

Details

Match Requirement

50%

Details

The program funds projects that acquire, develop, and renovate firearm ranges and archery training and practice facilities. It was created by the Legislature in 1990 after a report assessing the needs of law enforcement, sports groups, and the public identified a need for a program and funding to support shooting facilities.

Grant Application Schedule

Item Date

Applications Open

August 10, 2020 

Applicant Webinar

September 1, 2020 

Application Due

November 1, 2020 

Technical Review

November 16, 2020 

Technical Completion Deadline

January 14, 2021 

Project Evaluation

February 10, 2021 

Board Awards Grants

April 1, 2021 Estimate

Grant Award History

Most recent grants and evaluation results, listed by the application year.

Application Resources

Grant Manual

Typical Projects

  • Installing fences, berms, and other noise and safety elements
  • Upgrading equipment
  • Renovating clubhouses
  • Building new shooting courses

Who May Apply?

  • Local agencies
  • Special purpose districts
  • State agencies
  • Nonprofit shooting organizations

Grant applicants must be authorized legally to develop, operate, and maintain recreational facilities.

Funding

Funding is awarded every 2 years and comes from a portion of each concealed pistol license fee.

Match Details

50 percent match is required for all projects, except noise abatement or safety improvement at existing ranges, which have a 33 percent match.

At least 10 percent of the total project cost must come from a non-state, non-federal contribution.  

Match may include the following:

  • Appropriations or cash
  • Bonds
  • Donations of cash, land, labor, equipment, and materials
  • Other grants
  • Applicant’s labor, equipment, and materials

Eligible Projects

Acquisition: Buying real property in fee title (free and clear of underlying liens) or lesser interests, such as significant leases (at least 10 years), and easements.

Development or renovation of range facilities, including fixed structures related to range use and management, safety, environmental, accessibility, and noise abatement. The following elements are eligible:

  • Archery courses
  • Classrooms and storage rooms
  • Closed circuit security cameras
  • Clubhouses
  • Duck towers
  • Fencing
  • Indoor ranges
  • Law enforcement ranges
  • Lighting
  • Picnic shelters
  • Pistol ranges
  • Restrooms
  • Rifle ranges
  • Roads, paths, parking
  • Safety baffles
  • Shooting stands
  • Signs
  • Site preparation, landscaping
  • Skeet houses
  • Sporting clay courses
  • Target holders, bullet traps
  • Trap fields
  • Utilities

Other Requirements

At all funded sites, the range must be open for general public use 8 or more hours a month.

Noise and safety abatement projects and projects that directly benefit shooting activities must be built to contain all projectiles to the applicant’s property. Range designs must meet guidance published by either the National Rifle Association, National Field Archery Association, or Archery Trade Association. Projects must be evaluated by a certified adviser from one of the associations identified above, by a professional engineer, or by some other qualified professional consultant with experience and expertise in the evaluation and design of ranges and course as condition of funding.

Ineligible Projects

  • Involve only planning, design, operation, or maintenance of range facilities
  • On property bought under a conditional sales contract, unless the grant applicant has title to the property
  • With deed provisions that have a significant negative impact on public recreational use of the property
  • That unfairly discriminate among users
  • With areas or facilities that have exclusive lease privileges
  • Involve liability insurance only
  • Projects not complying with RCO safety policy

Long-term Commitment

Grant recipients must provide the facilities paid for by grants for 10 years from the date of RCO’s last payment to the grant applicant. If grants are used to acquire property, obligations are forever.