For the third year, the National Shooting Sports Foundation will make available $100,000 in challenge grants to encourage local Boy Scouts of America councils to develop or expand their activities in target shooting and marksmanship.
The challenge grants from NSSF, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, are available to qualifying BSA councils, according to a news release. Target shooting programs are among scouting’s most popular, teaching scouts marksmanship skills, firearm and range safety, teamwork and fundraising.
“Our challenge grant program extends our longstanding partnership with the Boy Scouts of America and presents councils with a great opportunity to teach scouts about the shooting sports and safe, responsible firearms ownership,” said Melissa Schilling, NSSF’s director of recruitment and retention, in the release. “Target shooting has long ranked among the most popular Scouting activities, and NSSF hopes even more scouts will gain knowledge of the shooting sports by taking advantage of these grants.”
BSA Councils applying for a grant must earmark funds for shooting sports programs and provide matching funds at least equal to the grant request. NSSF will provide funding to the first 50 qualifying applicants for a maximum of $2,000 in matching support.
Councils must use awarded funds toward the purchase of equipment and supplies for their shooting sports activities from an NSSF member retailer. Examples of qualifying purchases are ammunition, eye and ear protection, firearms, targets and shooting vests.