NSSF challenges local Boy Scouts Councils with $50,000 in grants

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Scouts taking advantage of the offerings at Williamson Shooting Sports Complex in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo credit: OKScouts.org)

The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced April 28 that it will award grants to local Boy Scouts of America Councils that develop or expand activities in target shooting and marksmanship.

For the fourth year, the NSSF, the trade association for the shooting sports, is making challenge grants to qualifying groups. The group has set aside $50,000 in grant money.

“From our longstanding relationship with Boy Scouts of America, we know that Scouts and their leaders are always up for a challenge,” said Melissa Schilling, NSSF’s director of recruitment and retention. “These challenge grant funds encourage cooperative efforts by Councils that help educate Scouts about the shooting sports and safe and responsible handling of firearms.”

BSA Councils that apply must use the funds for shooting sports program and match funds at least equal to the grant request. The NSSF will award the first 25 qualifying applicants with a maximum of $2,000.

Of course, councils must use awarded funds toward the purchase of equipment and supplies — ammo, eye and ear protection, guns, targets, and shooting vests — for their shooting sports activities from an NSSF member retailer.

According to the BSA website’s frequently asked questions page, its shooting programs include shooting BB-gun rifles, slingshots, archery, .22-caliber rifles, shotguns, and, in some circumstances, catapults.

Additionally, the NSSF wrote the instructional manual for scouts and instructors involved in Boy Scouts-shooting sports.

Applicants may view NSSF BSA Council Challenge Grant guidelines and application procedures at the NSSF’s website.