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DNR funds available for trap shooting clubs

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outdoors Park Rapids, 56470

Park Rapids Minnesota PO Box 111 56470

Minnesota shooting clubs that would like to develop or rehabilitate trap-shooting facilities open for public use can apply for funds through a new Department of Natural Resources grant program.

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The Minnesota Legislature authorized more than $2 million for matching grants to recreational shooting clubs for developing or rehabilitating trap shooting sports facilities for public use, with an emphasis on enhancing youth participation opportunities. As part of that program, the DNR created an expedited small trap range grants program to provide grants from $2,500 to $25,000 for eligible projects, which must be matched 1:1 up to a total project cost of $50,000.

Applications for the expedited small grants program are now open. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 1.

The development of the program follows a significant rise in youth trap shooting, especially by high school students who are part of a statewide league.

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