The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Target Range Grant Program, which provides financial assistance for development of public shooting ranges in Louisiana, will begin accepting applications for its 2024 grant cycle on April 1. Interested entities can submit online applications from April 1-July 1, 2024.

The program is designed to help fund planning, development and construction of new, or expansion of existing, public shooting ranges. The program uses a portion of existing federal funds allocated to LDWF through the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act from excise taxes paid on certain firearms, ammunition and archery equipment.

Local governments and their subsidiaries, non-profit organizations, commercial entities and other state and federal government agencies are eligible to apply. Following the application period, LDWF will conduct its selection process in July and August and selected projects will be notified in September with the grants awarded in January of 2025.

For more information or to apply, go to or contact the LDWF Range Enhancement Coordinator at or 337-491-2201.