The Friends of the NRA Grant program is a great way for your Outpost, Section, Division or District to get a shooting program started or add to an existing program. It provides a way to get free equipment to allow the boys exposed to the field of shooting. The Grant program is not only firearms, it also has equipment like clay throwers, first aid trauma kits and even competitive clothing. The catalog does change over time, so some items might disappear between visits. At first glance the catalog is a lot to take in, with items like BB guns, archery, safety equipment, cleaning materials, safe’s, targets, in addition to the items mentioned above.
The NRA Grant application (https://www.nrafoundation.org/grants/) usually starts around September of each year, with your application due sometime between November and December depending on your state. This link has the deadlines for this year’s applications (https://www.nrafoundation.org/media/2262/grant_application_deadlines_by_state_fund_2019_upd.pdf). Filling out the application can be tedious and will take some time. It does require a 503c from your church with a current W-9 and the Articles of Incorporation. The NSSP is here to help you with the process of writing it, if need be. Over the years the NSSP Field advisors have received over a hundred thousand dollars of equipment that we have used to support our local, district and national Royal Ranger shooting programs. If you are able to attend Camporama in 2020 some of the .22 and shotguns were provided from this year’s grant.
If your Outpost is thinking about applying for a Friends of the NRA Grant, I would first get your commanders trained and becoming an NRA instructor, in rifle and or shotgun, and one range safety officer (RSO) or Archery instructor. This will help in putting your parents at ease as their boys start to handle firearms and bows. I would also have a waiver form filled out for boys and adults on file before they are allowed to participate in any shooting merit or activity.
Once you have filled out the application and selected your items from the catalog. It’s now time to submit it and wait. The number of items selected will depend on your waiting time. The decision and notification depend on when your state grant committee meets, usually sometime between January to March. The requester will then be notified that the grant will be moving on to the nation committee or it was denied. Once the national committee reviews it the requester will receive an email that it was approved and will receive a list of items that were awarded. Depending on the number of items selected your application might have to go one step further in the process to the NRA Board for approval.
Items will then start to arrive to the address provided in the application or to the FFL that was provided. Please keep track of the items that were awarded and what has been shipped, as items do get stolen. If that happens reach out to the NRA and suppler to see how to proceed. Once you have received all of your items or August has arrived, which ever comes first. The requester has to log back into the Grant web page and fill out the final report and upload all purchased item receipts. Please keep a copy of all receipts for two years as you will not be able to apply for another grant until the received grant final report has been processed.
The equipment received from the Friends of the NRA Grants are a great way to expand your Outpost with postal matches in Archery, trap, small bore, air rifle and BB gun. It also gives us as leaders another method to reach boys and their families for Christ though shooting sports.
Terry Brown has been writing NRA Grants since 2012 and has been denied twice. He has received over seventy thousand dollars of items in that time to support his OP, District and National shooting events over the past 7 years. He has been an NSSP field advisor for 4 years, is the N. Calif Nev. East Bay Section Commander and Sr. Commander for OP 89 in Fremont, Calif. He is also a certified NRA instructor in rifle, pistol, shotgun, an RSO and Hunters Education instructor.
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