Last year I spoke to a gentleman who had applied for a number of grants to develope/improve shooting facilities for his club and county.
He told me that all his applications had been successful.
I was therefore encouraged to apply for a grant from the Awards for All Lottery funding body for almost £10000 (which is the maximum they give)
I have now been informed that the application was successful and our club has received the full amount into our bank account
The money will build us a new outdoor 50 metre range for 3P and prone rimfire shooting which will also free up our existing old 50 yard range for air rifle shooting.
The club is Leics. and District S.B.R.P. Club which includes the Dowry Hill Field Target Section of membership.
Most of this money will allow us to build 7 ft high concrete safety walls between the various ranges. This funding does not have to be matched by the club, although members will be involved in construction of the target frames/butts/access gates etc.
So the funding is there to improve facilities for your club members. If you have a new project in mind then see guidance notes on www.awardsforall.org.uk
Thats great news, well done John, wonderful that the Lottery is giving money to support the sport.
see you later today.
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Fantastic - What a brilliant result.
Well done for spotting the opportunity and - most important - following it through.
I shall have to keep a note of your success in case we (Swallows FTC down in sunny Sussex) 'have a go', and seek your advice on how you did it.
Well done again John
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Well done John,bril result in an age when shooting seems to be getting a bit of a kicking.
Best Regards & good luck with the project,Peter
I recently made another application for funding that would pay for a local Scout group to use one of our shooting ranges one night a week for 10 weeks to learn about air rifle target shooting.
The funding is from a government initiative called Extending Activities and pays £38/youngster to the club for a 10-12 week session
We have been told the application has been successful and although the initial grant/sum is only £380, we have been asked by the funding management team to adopt a rolling programme of 3 x 12 week sessions/year to cover all scouts in the area, so the application is worth about £1200/year.
The spin-offs are that the initiative should help create interest in shooting and it is hoped that some of the scouts (and perhaps their parents) will continue to shoot, join the club and take up competitive target shooting (paper or FT)
I have also been informed that more lottery money will be available as from January in the form of grants to a maximum of £5000/project
As with the 'Awards for All' grant, the club making the application does not have to contribute financially towards the project
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Some great ideas, John. I will discuss them with the comittee at Sutton Coldfield with a view to improving our facilites (new loos and a new kitchen would be our priority). Many thanks, Charlie
Well done to all involved. Excellent!
Far too many rifles & pistols to mention here.
Our new 50 metre range is now complete and this should free up our old 50 yard range for airgun shooters
I have just finished the 'end of project report' for the Awards for All (National Lottery) body and posted it off
It was a pretty easy report to complete and just required a statement of where the money was spent and a few photographs to show completion of the 7 feet high safety walls, the target butts and the covered firing point
Our next big requirement is towns mains water. At present we save all rain water falling on the roof of the club house and indoor range. The odd squirrel that drowns in our storage tank (2 in past year)reminds us of the need for safe drinking water
So I am now going to enquire about the new grants available as we cannot get another grant from 'Awards for All' until 2010
We need £5000 plus - so fingers crossed
2 requirements for these bigger grants are a set of Club Rules or Constitution and a policy regarding Child Protection
The NSRA make specimen documents available to clubs.
If anyone is applying for one of the Awards for All grants and needs advice re. writing a set of Club Rules or a Policy on Child Protection I will help if I can.
If I can do it, anyone can.
The money is there and the Lottery Bodies are more than happy to give it to Shooting Clubs that are structured and that cater for their local communities
Health and Safety issues do (I believe) score well. Also doing something to help those who are not able bodied, enjoy our sport, is considered important So improving access for wheel chair shooters to the clubs facilities should be seriously considered in any new build/project
Just apply for the application form on the lottery web site and give it a go.
The important thing to do, is look at the guidance document and the important criteria that have to be met. Then bear these criteria in mind as you fill in the application form
Consider increasing the number/types of shooting disciplines if necessary to attract more members and broaden the appeal of the club. It can only help your chances
The only other thing you need is a good referee who is aware of your club activities but who is not a member of the club
Good luck with your application, It may please you to know that my shooting club aquired a lottery grant in the region of £110,000, so the funds are definately available.
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That really is amazing
Although there is quite a bit of work to do in filling in the application/paperwork, it is a great feeling when the letter comes and says that the application is successful.
Also we should not shrink from asking for large sums of money as long as it is a good project that furthers our sport/hobby and helps the local community.
I hope your post encourages other clubs to have a go
That's great news at last. I remember quite a few years ago the lottery refused a clay club a grant because it was shooting. I can't remember the details but it was a grant for disabled stands if I remember correctly. Pleased to see that responsible shooting clubs and shooters are at last being recognised as worthy of grants.
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If you have a junior section then there are also several other govt schemes that can yield funds aimed at getting youngsters to participate in things. Talk to your local town hall for advice, funds for these schemes are limited annually so you have to get an application in early.
Several major companies do a match funding schemes, you need to have a member of your organisation who works for such a company. Essentially they will match the amount of money raised elsewhere from another fundraising effort (not another grant though !!).
First step is to get your memebers to enquire with their employers to see if they have any such schemes. DHL for example have branches everywhere and do have a scheme, so thats a starter for you.
I have raised about 2.5K in the last 18 months for my air cadet squadron just using grants with another £600 or so in the pipeline for this year and £1500 for next year. And we still have the lottery to apply for when we move buildings.
Awards for All are not funding new construction but The Small Grants Scheme is offering grants up to £10000 that does include new construction work
I have just applied for a £1000 cash4clubs grant. This is easy to apply for with a web based application
If applying for this grant remember to cut and paste your info. into a saved Word doc if you do not complete it in one sitting.
I made the mistake of saving what I thought would be my application, only to find on opening the doc. some days later that all I had saved was a blank application form
Awards for All is also web based but you register with a password and all your info is saved
i will post here if the cash4 clubs application is successful