Columbia, MO – Youth shooting sports continues to grow across the country and with that growth comes additional needs, including a place to shoot. MidwayUSA Foundation has again stepped up to assist those needs through Range Development grants, paying $500,000 to 26 grant recipients. These competitive funds provide the opportunity for recipients to work with their existing ranges on improvements and expansions that allow for more youth-oriented shooting sports activities. Combined, these awarded grant funds will add nearly 500 additional youth shooting events.
“A fundamental need of a shooting team is a place to shoot,” said MidwayUSA Foundation Executive Director, G. Scott Reynolds. He continued, “Being on a youth shooting team provides these young adults the chance to be part of something that teaches responsibility, safety, focus, confidence, and leadership…all while learning a skill and making friends. It is exciting to have the opportunity to fulfill another need in the world of youth shooting sports through our Range Development grants.”
In addition to the Range Development Grant Program, MidwayUSA Foundation holds endowments for nearly 2,800 youth shooting teams and over 65 state and national youth shooting sports organizations through Agency and Donor Designated endowments. These organizations, including, SCTP, SASP, ATA, ACUI, and more organize and conduct youth shooting events for over 125,000 shooting sports athletes.
Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation holds an Agency Endowment with MidwayUSA Foundation and received grant funds that will benefit range improvements at the Remington Gun Club. Jon Zinnel, Conservation Program Manager for Remington Ammunition, spoke about receiving range development funds. “Remington Ammunition looks forward to hosting thousands of youth shooters from across the nation for future events at our gun club. Without this grant from the MidwayUSA Foundation and the support of the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation, building this new sporting clays course wouldn’t have been possible.”
To see the full list of MidwayUSA Foundation Range Development grant recipients, visit midwayusafoundation.org/. Applications for special purpose grants, like Range Development and Coach Training, will be accepted annually and applicants must hold an endowment with MidwayUSA Foundation to apply. Youth shooting programs interested in improving their respective range should work closely with that range to complete the grant application.
The MidwayUSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity working to sustain and grow the shooting sports industry by providing long-term funding to youth shooting teams. Every donation made is tax-deductible and allows the Foundation to assist in expanding and enhancing the leadership skills, confidence, and discipline of today's youth through shooting sports activities. The Foundation supports all shooting disciplines. For more information about how the MidwayUSA Foundation is changing the future of youth shooting sports, please visit midwayusafoundation.org or call 1-877-375-4570.