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Safe Shooting Program

The Office of Sport, assists the people of NSW participate in sport and active recreation. 

Sport and active recreation delivers many personal and community benefits including developing self-esteem, maintaining health and fitness, nurturing talented athletes and contributing to individual enjoyment of life.

Sport and active recreation can also contribute to a range of government priorities including tackling childhood obesity and building safer communities.

About the Program

The Office of Sport administers the Safe Shooting Program on behalf of the Office for Police, Department of Justice.

The focus for the 2018-2019 round of funding returns to the traditional objectives of the program.  However, we encourage smaller organisations to continue to submit applications to enable clubs and ranges to connect with the new online systems developed by the NSW Firearms Registry.

For the 2018-2019 year we will also consider one off ‘micro-grants’ that do not require significant in-kind support or multiple quotes for a small non-ongoing project, for example: 

  • provision of first aid courses for volunteer members; or 
  • providing education sessions on safe hunting with the Department of Primary Industries; or 
  • the installation of safe storage facilities; or 
  • providing transport for people with a disability to attend an open day to try the sport of shooting (under section 6B of the Firearms Act 1996). 

Micro-grants should be for no more than $1,000 and full details on the project would still be required.

Program objectives

The Safe Shooting Program objectives are to:

  1. Increase opportunities for the community to safely participate in the sport of shooting;
  2. Improve the safety of shooting facilities that are used by the community;
  3. Assist people from groups that traditionally face barriers to participation or access to shooting facilities; and
  4. Provide educational programs and opportunities to improve safety and compliance.

Funding available

Grants are available from $500 - $20,000.

Organisations must contribute to the project, the higher the contribution the more favourably it will be looked upon. Club contribution must not be solely voluntary labour. A reasonable cash contribution should also be included in the budget. Evidence of any voluntary component should be uploaded at the upload tab as a quote. Administration costs are to be covered by the applicant and should not be included in the project budget.

Organisations may only receive State Government funding once for the same project or component of a project from this program or any other State Government funded grant program.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • NSW incorporated, community based not-for-profit Shooting, Hunting and Collecting Clubs.
  • Shooting ranges in NSW approved and administered by the NSW Firearms Registry.

Who is ineligible to apply?

Only the above are eligible to apply.

What types of projects may be funded?

For the 2018-2019 year, the grant administrators have determined that this year will include a trial of providing small ‘micro-grants’ will be available to assist small clubs and ranges without significant administrative staff be able to use grants for small one-off projects.

Other eligible projects for this round of funding will be:

  • Funding to enable online access as provided for in 2017-18 (noting this year this is not a priority but may be included), and
  • Upgrade of firearms capital equipment and/or facilities to comply with WH&S legislation or as directed by the NSW Firearms Registry.

What costs will NOT be funded?

  • Purchase of land
  • Firearms or ammunition
  • General maintenance or replacement through normal wear and tear e.g. painting, running costs and repairs to existing facilities
  • Upgrade of car parks or roads
  • Office equipment e.g. printers. two way radios, phones
  • Protective clothing
  • Projects that have already commenced or been completed
  • Projects that are in the planning phase and yet to receive development consent from Council
  • Training in general Information and Technology, above what is provided from the supplier about use of the equipment with the installation of FALCON.

View Safe Shooting Program Guidelines 2018/19 (PDF, 9.31MB)

Apply now

Applications for the Safe Shooting Program closed at 5pm on Thursday 8 November 2018.

Applications closed: 8 November 2018

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All potential applicants are encouraged to regularly review the frequently asked questions to ensure that their application addresses the relevant requirements.

Also, check out five steps to writing a grant application.

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