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Guidelines For General Grant Application Submission

READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING A GRANT APPLICATION.

YOUR APPLICATION MAY BE REJECTED IF YOU HAVE FAILED TO PROVIDE CERTAIN INFORMATION OR MEET GRANT CRITERIA.

IF YOUR APPLICATION IS REJECTED, YOU MAY HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE FOLLOWING YEAR TO APPLY AGAIN.

Welcome! Your responses to the quiz questions indicate that your proposal may qualify for funding consideration. Please read the following guidelines which should answer any questions you may have concerning the application process. If you have additional questions please contact the Grant Department at 1-800-554-9498 or grantprogram@nrahq.org.

The following guidelines govern the award of all NRA Foundation State Fund Committee grants made under the auspices of the Friends of NRA program.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

An applicant may be any organization, association, or other lawfully recognized entity, with a unique federal employer identification number (EIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service. Eligible organizations or groups may apply for a NRA Foundation State Fund Committee grant for a qualifying project or activity. Eligibility and funding amount are determined solely by the Foundation.

Applicants shall not discriminate against any member, person, or other user of its facilities or equipment on the basis of age, race, color, sex, or national origin. Applicants are not required to be members of or have association with the NRA to receive funds under this grant program.

INELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

The following organizations are NOT eligible for grants:

    1. Labor organizations
    2. State Fund Committees
    3. Friends of NRA Committees
    4. Private businesses and enterprises, including LLCs.
    5. Other organizations or groups that have not been assigned a federal employer identification number by the Internal Revenue Service.

(A signed copy of IRS Form W-9 disclosing this number must be included with all applications.)

PROJECTS/ACTIVITIES ELIGIBLE FOR FUNDING

Grant requests must conform to, and foster the purposes in, The NRA Foundation's Articles of Incorporation and mission statement. These purposes are as follows:

  1. To promote, advance, and encourage firearms, the shooting sports, and hunting safety.
  2. To educate individuals, including the youth of the United States, with respect to firearms, firearms history, participation in the shooting sports, hunting safety, and marksmanship, as well as with respect to other subjects that are of importance to the well being of the general public.
  3. To conduct research in furtherance of improved firearms safety and marksmanship facilities and techniques.
  4. To support activities of the National Rifle Association of America, but only to the extent that such activities are in furtherance of charitable, educational, or scientific purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code which includes activities that are charitable, educational, or foster National or International sports competition.

RESTRICTIONS ON FUNDING

The following activities or projects are not eligible for funding:

  1. Deficit financing. (Payment for something already purchased or reimbursement for an event that has already taken place).
  2. Projects for commercial ventures, i.e., Private businesses.
  3. Projects that require membership in the NRA or in the applying club or group. (NOTE: Organizations may be private or open only to members, PROVIDED that the project or activities for which funding is sought is open to the public). Documentation must demonstrate this public benefit to be eligible for funding.
  4. Applications from organizations or groups that have not submitted final reports for previously awarded grants.
  5. The payment of administrative fees, office overhead, or other similar charges.
  6. Multi-year funding of projects. Requests must be submitted for consideration each year.

If funds are awarded in one year there is no guarantee of funding in subsequent years.

GRANT APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

COMPLETING THE APPLICATION

  1. All applications must be submitted using the online NRA Foundation Grant Application forms. All requested information and documentation must be provided at the time of application. A failure to provide all requested information and documentation will result in the rejection of your grant application.
  2. Applications, which do not contain all required attachments, will not be considered for funding.
  3. For grant applications to be considered they must be received by the Foundation prior to the application deadline set for that state. LATE APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE CONSIDERED.
  4. You will receive an email notice confirming the successful submission of your proposal. The primary contact on the grant application should add grantprogram@nrahq.org to their contact list or address book.
  5. All correspondence regarding the grant application is done by email.
  6. Please feel free to contact the Grant Department with questions about qualifying projects at 1-800-554-9498 or grantprogram@nrahq.org.

REVIEW AND APPROVAL PROCESS

  1. The initial review and recommendation of a grant application will be made by your local State Fund Committee. State Fund Committees are made up of qualified individuals appointed by the Foundation and nominated by Friends of NRA event committees. State Fund Committee members are appointed pursuant to, and governed by, Operational Procedures for Friends of NRA. One State Fund Committee represents the interests of each state or region from which grant applications were submitted.
  2. Once applications have been recommended for funding by the State Fund Committee, the NRA Foundation will conduct the final review process. If additional information or documentation is needed to complete this process, you will be contacted via email. Applicants that make it through this process require final approval by the NRA Foundation's Board of Trustees. After final approval, the Grant Department will notify the applicant via email of the grant award.

FINAL REPORT REQUIREMENTS

  1. All organizations or groups awarded grants by the Foundation must complete the online Final Report, detailing and accounting for how grant funds were spent.
  2. Final reports will be due within 30 days of the project end date or November 1, 2015, whichever comes first. The report should be complete, and for grants made by check, copies of receipts or paid invoices for items purchased with grant funds must be included.
  3. Grant funds may only be expended in furtherance of the project documented on the grant application.
  4. Any unused funds must be returned to the Foundation and may not be retained for other use.
  5. Failure to submit the Final Report on a timely basis or expending grant funds for purposes other than those for which they were sought will preclude the award of further grants to the grant recipient.
  6. In addition, the Foundation reserves the right to and will demand return of grant funds not spent for the purposes for which the grant was awarded. Such demand may include the initiation of legal proceedings, where appropriate, to recover misused funds.

Unused grant funds must be returned to the Foundation so that they may be made available to other applicants.

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