The CRPA Foundation Grant Program

The CRPA Foundation (CRPAF) awards grants annually to promote the diverse aspects of the Second Amendment. The CRPAF focuses its support on preserving public access to hunting and wildlife conservation, firearms safety training and education, educational publications and media, and projects/programs that bolster engagement, retention, and reintegration of the public in the shooting sports.

The CRPA Foundation Grant program is made possible through the fundraising efforts of its volunteer driven programs and generous donors who, like CRPAF are driven to:

  • Promote firearms and hunting safety.
  • Enhance the marksmanship skills of those participating in shooting sports.
  • Educate the general public with respect to firearms in their historic, technological, artistic, constitutional contribution to the general well-being of the public at large.
  • Benefit a variety of constituencies including youth, women, disabled shooters, gun collectors, law enforcement officers, hunters, and competitive teams.
  • Promote, educate, and protect the rights enumerated under the Second Amendment of The United States Constitution.


Eligible Applicants

Eligible organizations or groups may apply for a CRPAF grant in support of qualifying projects or program activities. Eligibility is determined solely by the CRPA Foundation. Applicants shall not discriminate against any member, person, or other by use of its facilities or equipment based on age, race, color sex, or national origin. Applicants are not required to be members of the California Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. (CRPA) or have association with the CRPA Foundation to receive funds under its grant program.

Applicants invited to apply:

  • IRS 501 (c) recognized entities.
  • Any organization, association, or other entity with unique federal employer identification number (EIN) issued by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • State recognized nonprofit organizations.

Eligible Projects/Programs

Grant awards gear towards supporting programs and activities benefiting women, youth, first responders and law enforcement, US military veterans, adaptive shooters and the general public in safety, educational, and scientific based engagement in the 2A including:

  • General Shooting Sport Programs,
  • Competitive Shooting Sport Programs,
  • Education, Training, and Safety Programs,
  • Hunting and Conservation Programs,
  • Community Outreach,
  • Range Improvement Projects, and
  • Historical Education.

Funding Restrictions

  • Firearms (as defined by California Penal Code (P.C.) section 16520(a)).
  • Payment of administrative fees, office overhead, salary, payroll, or other similar charges.
  • Political activities (i.e., lobbying or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, voter registration drives, political campaign contributions).
  • Deficit financing (payment for something that has already been purchased or reimbursement for an event that has already taken place).
  • Projects for commercial ventures (i.e., private businesses).
  • Multi-year funding projects (requests must be submitted for consideration each year).
  • Applications from organizations or groups that have nor submitted final reports for previously awarded grants.

Ineligible Applicants

  • Labor organizations.
  • State fund committees.
  • Private businesses and enterprises, including LLC.
  • Other organizations or groups that have not been assigned a federal employer identification number (EIN) by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Individuals.
  • PACs or political groups, organizations, or candidates.

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 and 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.

Applications must be received prior to the deadline to be considered. The application cannot be considered until submitted by email to contact@crpa.org. A confirmation email will be sent within two business days receipt of application.

Application Checklist

  1. Download and complete the provided CRPA Foundation Grant application. Submit by email to contact@crpa.org. Required documentation must be provided at the time of submission.
  2. Please carefully review the list below for required documentation requested at the time of application:
IRS 501 (c) recognized entity must include a copy of the 501(c)(3) IRS Determination Letter.
State recognized nonprofit organizations must include a copy of its state nonprofit registration.
Any organization, association or other entity requesting a grant that has a unique federal employer identification number (EIN) issued by the IRS must include a signed copy of the IRS 2-9 form disclosing this number.

Application Deadlines

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

How are grant awards determined?The CRPA Foundation strives to provide funding and support to programs that further its mission and that make a difference in the local community. Award determinations are based on application merit, funding availability, and focused program areas of the CRPA Foundation.
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 that must include all items sought through the CRPA Foundation Grant Program request. 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.
I am affiliated with a Boy Scout Troop, Venture Crew, or Naval Sea Cadet Unit. Is my organization eligible to apply?Yes. However, the process differs depending on the specific organization. Boy Scout Councils may apply directly to the CRPA Foundation. Application for any individual Venture Crew, Naval Cadet Unit, or Boy Scout Troop must be submitted by an organization that takes on the role of its fiscal sponsor for that group. This organization must also meet the CRPA Foundation’s grant eligibility requirements to receive funding. In these instances, the fiscal sponsor is responsible for administering the grant and ensuring the grant award is utilized as stated in the application, as well as for all reporting requirements under the grant. Before applying, the fiscal sponsor should be advised of any restrictions that the parent organization has imposed on your proposed grant, including restrictions related to any equipment or other items you may request from the CRPA Foundation.

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.