Minnesota park and recreation departments that would like to improve or rehabilitate a recreational archery range can apply for funds through a new Department of Natural Resources grant program.
Matching grants of $1,500 to $5,000 are available to city, county and regional parks for work including: purchase and replacement of target frames and targets; installation of bow racks and ground quivers; and installation of safety signage and other features deemed essential to maintaining a safe and functional archery range. The application deadline is Friday, March 27. Projects must be completed by
Tuesday, June 30.
“By helping to improve opportunities at archery ranges, we hope to grow interest in this popular activity,” said Jay Johnson, DNR hunting recruitment and retention supervisor.
The new archery grant program is a response to growing interest in archery and bow hunting. Johnson said youth and adult archery hunting licenses have increased in recent years. DNR Archery in the Parks programming has been a hit. And hundreds of thousands of Minnesota students have launched arrows at targets through the state’s National Archery in the Schools Program during the past decade.
“Archery has really been taking off lately,” Johnson said. “Communities can improve or upgrade their existing archery ranges with this grant, and this is a good way to continue providing family-friendly activities in parks.”
DNR archery range rehabilitation grants require a dollar-for-dollar match. A total of $25,000 is available until June 30. Applications will be scored and ranked. Winners will be announced in April.