National Rifle Association grant cycle now open

Applications are now being accepted for the state fund grant program from the National Rifle Association Foundation. The deadline to apply is Nov. 14.

The NRA foundation is led by the Friends of NRA program, which raises money that is in turn awarded as grants in support of educational and public service programs relating to shooting sports in communities, according to the NRA.

The state fund grant program allows the Foundation to provide supplies, equipment, and financial support to a variety of qualified groups and programs at the local level; geared towards youth, women, law enforcement, veterans, the disabled and the general public,” reads the website.

Organizations in Uvalde that conform and foster the NRA’s mission are eligible to apply.

Grant recipients include police departments, sheriff departments, Boy Scout troops, ROTC programs, and 4-H groups. The average state fund grant is $4,500.

During the last grant cycle, Uvalde 4-H Shooting Sports received over $2,000 for new equipment.

The general focus of the foundation grants is to promote, advance, and encourage firearms, shooting sports, and hunting safety, according to the NRA.

They also aim to educate individuals with respect to firearms, firearm history, participation in the shooting sports, hunting safety and marksmanship.

The NRA Foundation also operates the NRA School Shield program, offering grants to schools seeking funds for enhanced campus security, training or equipment for school resource officers.

Applications are available at nrafoundation.org.

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