The CRPA Foundation Grant Program

Since its inception in 2004, the CRPA Foundation (CRPAF) has awarded local community grants to promote the diverse aspects of the Second Amendment. CRPAF grantmaking is geared toward supporting programs and activities that benefit youth, women, law enforcement, military veterans, adaptive shooters, new gunowners and the public through:

  • Shooting sport programs,
  • Education, training, and safety programs,
  • Hunting and conservation programs,
  • Community outreach,
  • Range improvement projects, and
  • Historical education.

Grant funding provided by the CRPA Foundation must be used within its mission for charitable purposes as defined by the Internal Revenue Code under section 501(c)(3).

The CRPA Foundation strives to provide funding and to support programs that further its mission and that make a difference in the local community. Award determinations are based on merit, funding availability, and focused program areas of the CRPA Foundation.  

Applying for a Grant

Grant requests must support, foster, and further purposes of the CRPA Foundation Articles of Incorporation and Mission Statement. These purposes are as follows:

The specific and primary purpose of this Corporation is to promote, advance and encourage firearm and hunting safety, to educate individuals with respect to firearms, firearms history, hunting, safety, and marksmanship and to support the activities of the California Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. (CRPA) but only to the extent that such activities are in furtherance of charitable, educational and scientific purposes within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code under section 501(c)(3) of 1986, as amended (the “Code”), or the corresponding provision of any future United States internal revenue law.

Application Checklist

Please carefully review the list of required documentation. Include all required documentation with your application at the time of submission by email to  contact@crpa.org.

All applicants must submit a signed IRS W-9 form that is dated within the past two years.
IRS 501(c) organizations must submit a copy of their IRS Determination Letter.
State recognized nonprofits organizations must submit a copy of their nonprofit registration from the Secretary of State website.
Government entities/agencies (public schools, law enforcement, public colleges/universities) must submit a State issued tax exempt certificate or letter it if includes their federal employer identification number (EIN) OR a letter on Agency or School Board letterhead detailing the name of the entity submitting the application and the corresponding federal Tax ID, signed by an appropriate fiscal officer/manager.

Application Deadlines

June 1st & October 1st

Applications must be received by email at contact@crpa.org prior to the deadline for consideration.

Final Report Requirements

Final Reports must be submitted by email to contact@crpa.org and the grant coordinator assisting on your application within 90 days of the end of the grant period detailing:

  • the results of the program,
  • number of participants,
  • impact on intended audiences,
  • any recognition of the CRPA Foundation for its award.

Such reports shall include but are not limited to:

  • Organization, grant name and grant period at the top of page one of the report.
  • Narrative of project goals and accomplishments.
  • Project/program successes/failures and metrics used for measuring success.
  • Budget reporting for spending of awarded funds.
  • Page numbers and a contact person at the organization.

For any portion of a grant award made by check, copies of receipts and paid invoices for items purchased with grant funds must be included.


The Application Process

What is the average amount awarded to grantees? The average grant award from the CRPA Foundation is valued at just over $2,000.
How are awards typically disbursed? The CRPA Foundation provides support in the form of program supplies or equipment through its work with several industry suppliers to make items available needed to operate a variety of programs. In cases where approved requests fall outside of the products available, the CRPA Foundation provides financial support.
Is this the only grant program through the CRPA Foundation? Yes.
How do I detail my requested items in the application, or how do I create my grant request list? Applicants must provide a detailed grant request list on an excel spreadsheet. This list include all items you are seeking through the CRPA Foundation Grant Program. Once this list is created, attach it to the application. 

Grant Eligibility

Does my organization have to be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charity to apply for a grant? No. However, all grants must be for 501(c)(3) purpose and, all grant recipients, other than governmental entities, must be formally recognized as nonprofit organizations by the State of California or by the IRS.
My organization is a members-only club. Am I eligible to apply? Possibly. If you are not a 501(c)(3) and the only users are your members, you are probably not eligible. However, if you are a private membership club that also provides access to qualified groups (government or 501(c)(3) entities) or provides qualified charitable activities, you may be eligible for funding. To be considered for funding, you would have to provide proof of substantial public benefit.
My organization is a government entity (law enforcement agency, public range, public school, or university). May I still apply for a grant? Yes. Government entities are eligible and may apply for a CRPA Foundation grant for qualifying projects or programs.

Reporting Requirements

Are there any reporting requirements at the conclusion of my project or program? Yes. Grantees must provide a final report to the CRPA Foundation due within 90 days of the end of the grant period. See the Final Report Requirements section above for details.
My organization has not yet filed a final report from last year. May I still apply for funding for the current cycle? Yes. An application may be submitted for consideration. However, all outstanding final report requirements must be completed before any new awards will be made.
How do I complete my final report? Please refer to the Final Report Requirements section above.

For questions, please email contact@crpa.org.