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Safe Shooting Program

Safe Shooting Program

Applications closed: 13 October 2017


All potential applicants are encouraged to regularly review the frequently asked questions to ensure that their application addresses the relevant requirements.

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The Office of Sport, assists the people of NSW participate in sport and active recreation. 

Sport and active recreation delivers many personal and community benefits including developing self-esteem, maintaining health and fitness, nurturing talented athletes and contributing to individual enjoyment of life.

Sport and active recreation can also contribute to a range of government priorities including tackling childhood obesity and building safer communities.

About the Program

The Office of Sport administers the Safe Shooting Program on behalf of the Police Policy Office, NSW Department of Justice.

The primary focus for the 2017-2018 round of funding is to enable clubs and ranges to connect with the new Firearms and Licensing Communications Online Network (FALCON) system being developed by the NSW Firearms Registry.

Program objectives

The Safe Shooting Program objectives are to:

  1. Increase opportunities for the community to safely participate in the sport of shooting
  2. Improve the safety of shooting facilities that are used by the community
  3. Assist people from groups that traditionally face barriers to participation or access to shooting facilities
  4. Provide applicants with the technology and infrastructure required to go online with the new FALCON system (for 2017-18).

Funding available

Grants are available from $500 - $20,000.

Organisations must contribute to the project, the higher the contribution the more favourably it will be looked upon. Club contribution must not be solely voluntary labour. A reasonable cash contribution should also be included in the budget. Evidence of any voluntary component should be uploaded at the upload tab as a quote. Administration costs are to be covered by the applicant and should not be included in the project budget.

Organisations may only receive State Government funding once for the same project or component of a project from this program or any other State Government funded grant program.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • NSW incorporated, community based not-for-profit Shooting, Hunting and Collecting Clubs.
  • Shooting ranges in NSW approved and administered by the NSW Firearms Registry.

Who is ineligible to apply?

Only the above are eligible to apply.

What types of projects may be funded?

For the 2017-2018 year, the grant administrators have determined the fund will prioritise assisting clubs and ranges to meet the new online system (FALCON) requirements being developed within the Firearms Registry. 

This will enable clubs and ranges to utilise the online system, especially to enable a ‘live’ check of who is using their range. Priority will be given to clubs and ranges without computer access and electricity. This is a serious and major compliance issue when clubs and ranges are being informed they are expected to use the online system.

Eligible projects for this round of funding will be:

  • Funding for a desktop or one laptop computer for use with the online system (FALCON)
  • ISP set up, including whatever type of satellite connection is needed
  • First year of online access (future years will need to be funded by the applicant)
  • Generators for those ranges without electricity connected
  • Assist with electricity connection
  • Contribution to long distance travel to participate in a training session run by the Firearms Registry for one person
  • Upgrade of firearms capital equipment and/or facilities to comply with WH&S legislation or as directed by the NSW Firearms Registry.

What costs will NOT be funded?

  • Purchase of land
  • Firearms or ammunition
  • General maintenance or replacement through normal wear and tear e.g. painting, running costs and repairs to existing facilities
  • Upgrade of car parks or roads
  • Office equipment e.g. printers. two way radios, phones
  • Protective clothing
  • Projects that have already commenced or been completed
  • Projects that are in the planning phase and yet to receive development consent from Council
  • Training in general Information and Technology, above what is provided from the supplier about use of the equipment with the installation of FALCON.

Safe Shooting Program Guidance Notes 2017/18