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Diverse Range of Grants Provided

Youth Programs, Education and Television Projects Benefit From First Heritage Trust Grants

A diverse range of nearly a dozen pro-hunting and shooting sports initiatives, ranging from a PBS Documentary on "The Life and Times of Annie Oakley" to a high school shooting sports program benefited from grants awarded by the Hunting Heritage Trust in 2004 and 2005.

Following is a brief overview of the approved grants and their importance in fostering our hunting and shooting sports heritage:

The Good Gun Foundation -this dynamic Arizona-based organization incorporates a positive message about responsible firearms ownership into a broad range of educational and civic programs such as food drives for the hungry. The 2004 Heritage Trust grant specifically supported a large shooting sports fair near Phoenix, AZ. to provide a shooting sports and safety introduction to thousands of urban residents. "This pilot program was a significant success that would not have been possible without the support of the Hunting Heritage Trust," commented Bryan Tucker, founder of the Good Gun Foundation. A follow-up event is planned for March of 2006.

The Great Rivers Habitat Alliance (St. Louis, MO.)-helped fund the protection of critical wetland habitat and flood plains of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in the environmentally sensitive areas surrounding St. Louis.

The Valley Inn (PA) Sportsmen's Club- funded expansion of a youth safety and shooting sports introductory program. Enabled club to provide instruction to more than 250 boys and girls at no cost to the students.

The Silk and Steel Foundation- grant designed to help launch a series of museum exhibits recognizing the historic and modern achievements of women in hunting, shooting sports and other firearms related fields. Using the Heritage Trust Grant, the Silk & Steel Foundation developed a detailed prospectus that has led to interest in hosting displays on women's achievements in hunting and shooting sports by nearly a dozen major museums and educational institutions including the Rosenbruch Wildlife Heritage Museum, the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, the Tennessee State Museum and the Wonders of Wildlife Museum.

Riva Freifeld Productions- to assist in the production of a major documentary on "The Life and Times of Annie Oakley" for "The American Experience" program on PBS. While the producer had received a commitment for nearly $500,000 in federal funding, the Heritage Trust provided critical "private funding" to make this documentary a reality. Filming, including recreation of several important shooting competitions, is on schedule for an airdate to be announced for early 2006.

"I've been working on an Annie Oakley project for PBS for several years. People connected to the shooting sports have always been supportive but the folks at the Heritage Trust not only realized the value of our project, they realized that we couldn't go forward at this point without financial support. For me, that puts the Heritage Trust and its supporters in a very special category.". Riva Freifeld, Producer

Outdoor Heritage Education Center (MN)- a pilot program for Minnesota Public Television featuring the outdoor sports and recognizing the role of outdoorsman as supporters of conservation and wildlife management. The pilot was a success, resulting in a strong partnership between the sportsmen's community and Minnesota Public Television and an agreement to develop the concept into a regular series in 2006.

"When I first heard about the Heritage Trust more than a year ago, I thought it was a great concept-an organization whose only mission was to help worthwhile new projects get off the ground. And now, little more than a year later, to see this new organization delivering on its promise is very exciting-not just for the Minnesota Outdoor Heritage Alliance, but for all of us who care about the future of our hunting and shooting sports culture." .Mark LaBarbera, Outdoor Heritage Alliance

Austin Film Society -grant is helping to fund the production of a "Women Who Hunt" television documentary. The film is nearly complete and will begin screenings at film festivals in 2006.

Delaware Scholastic Clay Target Program- provided funding for continuation of an introductory competition trapshooting league for Delaware school students. The Delaware program was able to send three full squads to four state championships and to the Grand American in Vandalia, Ohio. Team members won more than 20 trophies and two members were named to the 2005 All-America Team, all resulting in significant positive media coverage.

The United States Practical Shooting Association- funded an aggressive public relations and communications effort to foster public understanding of recreational handgun shooting. The Trust grant made it possible for the USPSA to upgrade its media relations and contacts with the mainstream media as well as the conventional outdoor press resulting in front-page newspaper publicity for recreational handgun shooting.

Missouri Young Hunter Education Challenge- provided funding to help support participation in the National Young Hunter Education Challenge.

Michigan Scholastic Clay Target Regional Championships -a Heritage Trust Grant supported the first ever Michigan Regional Scholastic Clay Target Championships.

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