Firearms and Archery Range
Recreation (FARR) Program
The Firearms and Archery Range Recreation Program provides funding for projects that acquire, develop, and renovate firearm range and archery training and practice facilities.
The program was created by the Legislature in 1990 after a report assessing the needs of law enforcement, sports groups, and the general public identified a need for a program and funding to support shooting facilities.
- Installing fences, berms, and other noise and safety elements
- Upgrading equipment
- Renovating clubhouses
- Building new shooting courses
Funding SourceFunding is $3 from each concealed pistol license fee.
Who can apply?
- Local agencies
- Special purpose districts
- State agencies
- Nonprofit shooting organizations
The above entities must be authorized legally to develop, operate, and maintain recreational facilities.
Match requirements50 percent for all projects, except noise abatement or safety improvement projects, which have a 33 percent match. At least 10 percent of the total project cost must come from a non-state, non-federal contribution. Match may include:
- Applicant’s cash, donated land, labor, materials, or equipment use
- Local, federal, private, and state grants
Funding Anticipated (Average)$500,000 biennially
- All funded sites are required to have the range available for general public use 8 or more hours a month.
- Noise and safety abatement projects and projects that directly benefit shooting activities must be built to contain all projectiles to the applicant's property. Range designs must meet guidance published by either the National Rifle Association, National Field Archery Association, or Archery Trade Association. Projects must be evaluated by a certifiied advisor from one of the associations identified above, by a professional engineer, or by some other qualified professional consltant with experience and expertise in the evaluation and design of ranges and course as condition of funding.
- Land acquisition projects. Grant recipients may acquire real property in fee title, free and clear of underlying liens. Lesser interests, such as significant leases (at least 10 years) and easements, also may be acquired.
- Development projects that develop or renovate range facilities. This includes fixed structures related to range use and management, safety, environmental, accessibility, and noise abatement. The following elements are eligible:
- Closed circuit security cameras
- Duck towers
- Indoor ranges
- Picnic shelters
- Roads, paths, parking
- Safety baffles
- Shooting stands
- Site preparation, landscaping
- Skeet houses
- Target holders, bullet traps
- Involve only planning, design, operation, or maintenance of range facilities
- On property bought under a conditional sales contract, unless the grant applicant has title to the property
- With deed provisions that have a significant negative impact on public recreational use of the property
- That unfairly discriminate among users
- With areas or facilities that have exclusive lease privileges
- Project involving liability insurance only
Grant Application ScheduleGenerally, grant applications are accepted in even years, when funding is available. See this year’s schedule.
Grant Evaluation Process (6 months)
- Applicants submit an online application and make an in-person presentation.
- Applications and presentations are reviewed and scored by staff and a panel of experts in shooting ranges.
- The ranked list is presented to the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board for consideration.
- The board approves a ranked list of projects and awards grants.