STARTING A PROGRAM Starting a program can feel overwhelming, but there are several resources that can be helpful. For example, if there is a similar club in the local area, consider arranging a visit. Seeing a facility, watching the shooters, and talking to someone who
understands the challenges of starting a program will help in identifying any possible problems: not to mention it will help discover ways to recruit future competitors and support before even beginning!
To find a program in the local area, check out these resources: • • • • • • •
NRA clubs, classes and tournaments by zip code: http://www.nra.org/nralocal.aspx Competitions by state: http://www.nrapublications.org/ssusa/ USA Shooting clubs: http://www.usashooting.com/clubMap.php Local ranges by state: http://www.nrahq.org/shootingrange/findlocal.asp Shooting Sports Camps: http://www.nrahq.org/education/shootingcamp.asp Collegiate Shooting Guide: http://www.nrahq.org/compete/college_lookup.asp State shooting associations: http://www.nrahq.org/clubs/state.asp
Once you have established the club, register with the NRA, by contacting the Clubs & Associations Department at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (800) NRA CLUB (672-2582) or visit their website at http://www.nrahq.org/clubs/ For more information about NRA Endorsed Insurance Programs call (877) 487-5407 or visit http://www.locktonrisk.com/nrains/default.htm.
FUN DING Many new programs need help to secure funds and receive support. There are several places that might help answer this need: the NRA Foundation, Inc., local Friends of the NRA, and good old-fashioned fundraising. The NRA Foundation, Inc. helps fund programs that educate the public about shooting sports, safety, and history, and improves marksmanship skills. Grants are available to fund specific programs or ranges. For more information, guidelines, and applications, visit: http://www.nrafoundation.org/grants/ statefund.asp or contact: The NRA Foundation, Inc., 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 (800)423-6894(Toll Free) (703) 267-3985 (Fax) email@example.com Another possible source of support is the local Friends of the NRA chapter. The Friends of the NRA program (FNRA) is a grassroots fund-raising program that fosters community involvement, raises money, and gives 100% of the net proceeds to qualified local, state, and national programs. This program allows a community based group to raise funds and then return those funds to local, state and national groups to help foster shooting programs. FNRA is a certified 501(c)(3) organization. To find a Friends of the NRA event or representative locally, visit: http:// www.friendsofnra.org/National.aspx?cid=0. Fund-raising can really challenge a group’s imagination and creativity. Events can be as simple as bake sales and car washes. Also consider an event that will give the club and programs publicity, such as an air gun shoot, a turkey shoot or a gun raffle. Direct requests from the community or at a local gun show may also prove successful. Just remember to check on the state guidelines for fundraising and games of chance. 3