- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife is offering a total of $40,000 in grants to improve the safety and operation of shooting ranges.

Groups that operate shooting ranges, including archery ranges, have until May 16 at 4:30 p.m. to submit proposals.

Projects that would eligible for funding include shooting range re-development, abatement structures, safety berms, shooting pads and stations, and the construction or improvement of access roads and parking lots. The department says grants may also go toward lead mitigation, such as recycling, reducing range floor surface drainage or liming range property.

The grant funds come from federal excise taxes on hunting and shooting equipment.

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