Columbia, MO – MidwayUSA Foundation continues to find more ways to change the future of youth shooting sports by funding additional opportunities like coach training and range development. Cumulatively, there is $1 million available through these two grant programs. The Coach Training Grant Program will accept applications through March 1, and Range Development applicants have until April 1 to apply. Both of these programs are competitive cash grants and applicants must hold an endowment with MidwayUSA Foundation to be eligible.
MidwayUSA Foundation Executive Director, G. Scott Reynolds, talked about the importance of these programs. “After a very successful inaugural year in 2021, it is exciting to again offer even more funds to train shooting coaches and improve shooting ranges and facilities across the country. Each of these programs are meant to fulfill specific needs of the youth shooting sports industry.”
Applications will be accepted through March 1 for the Coach Training Grant Program. The maximum grant payout is $5,000 and the funds will be paid in May. The program has been expanded in 2022 to provide coaches with basic or advanced-level certifications. This can include skills training, shooting clinics, train-the-trainer, or other coach training. Teams or individuals interested in MidwayUSA Foundation’s Coach Training Grant Program should reach out to eligible organizations at their state, regional, or national level. These organizations must hold an Agency or Donor Designated endowment with MidwayUSA Foundation.
Range Development grants are available to help existing shooting ranges make improvements or expansions to allow for more youth-oriented shooting activities. This grant cycle runs February 1 to April 1, and cash grants will be awarded in June. Range Development grants will not exceed $75,000 or 50% of the proposed project budget. Requesting facilities must be a range utilized by a MidwayUSA Foundation endowment holder. Team and agency endowment holders are encouraged to work with their respective shooting range(s) to identify needs and complete grant application requirements. For both programs, applicants must apply through MidwayUSA Foundation’s online application process.
G. Scott Reynolds continued, “These programs help put the infrastructure in place to provide qualified coaches and regulation ranges. We want all kids that desire to participate in youth shooting sports to have that opportunity, and we are thrilled that these grant programs will help ensure that happens!” Additional requirements can be found on MidwayUSA Foundation’s website.
The MidwayUSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity working to sustain and grow youth shooting sports 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.