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November 23, 2018

For Immediate Release


Hunting Heritage Trust Grants

$500,000 to NSSF to Launch 

First-of-its-Kind Program


The Hunting Heritage Trust has granted $500,000 to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) to establish a first-of-its-kind grant program in support of hunting and  shooting sports recruitment efforts.


The Hunting Heritage Trust, created in 2002 by leaders in the hunting, shooting sports and conservation communities to fund and foster programs that will enhance appreciation of our hunting heritage and increase public understanding and participation in recreational shooting sports, donated $500,000 to a new NSSF Hunting Heritage Trust, an amount NSSF has matched. 


Each year, beginning in 2019, organizations meeting certain eligibility requirements will be able to apply for an annual $100,000 grant that will be used to support recruitment, retention and reactivation programs—known as R3 efforts—within the hunting and shooting sports industry. The grant program will be offered for a period of not less than 10 years, and while all organizations with formalized R3 programs will be considered for each year’s award, there will be an emphasis on those programs focusing on youth and non-traditional participants.


Providing the resources to those newly interested in learning about firearms safety and the shooting sports, sparking renewed interest in those who used to hunt or shoot, and keeping up interest of those engaged in hunting and the shooting sports, is of paramount importance to our industry,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF CEO. “The new NSSF Hunting Heritage Trust grant program provides much-needed funding for these efforts.”


“The Hunting Heritage Trust has awarded dozens of grants totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past 15 years, but none has had a greater long-term impact on the future of our hunting and shootings sports heritage than this $500000.00 grant,” said Bob Delfay, President of the Hunting Heritage Trust and former NSSF President. There is no other organization more dedicated than NSSF when it comes to R3 efforts in our industry. From its research and educational services to its numerous conferences and summits, NSSF leads the way in providing the tools our industry members need to get people actively, regularly involved in hunting and the shooting sports. We are pleased to partner with them in creating this important grant program in support of those efforts.”




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