4-H Shooting Sports Club receives grant from NRA Clay County 4-H Shooting Sports has received a grant from Friends of the NRA.
The funds, in the amount of $1,150, will go towards the purchase of new .22 caliber rifles to be used in shooting sports programs in the club and for the Hunt Safe Program taught twice a year.
Grants such as this come from fund-raising banquets held by Friends of the NRA all over the state, according to Bruce Plate, one of the Clay County 4-H Shooting Sports leaders. For the 2001 grant year, banquets were held in Custer, Rapid City, Lead, Mitchell, Watertown, Aberdeen, Vermillion and Dell Rapids.
"This past year there were eight fund-raising events held throughout South Dakota," he said. "Fifty percent of the net proceeds from the fund-raisers is designated for use within the state. The other 50 percent is used nationwide."
A state committee, made up of representatives from each event, then reviews the grant requests from various organizations, including trap clubs, 4-H Shooting Sports clubs, Boy Scouts, SD Outdoorswomen and rifle and pistol ranges. Grants are awarded based on the need and quality of the programs.
"We had $39,000 to spend, and $90,000 worth of requests," Plate said. "Clay County received all it requested."
Last year, the club received a $1,500 grant. With help from the South East South Dakota Pheasant Association and the local trap club, the money was used to buy an automatic clay target thrower installed at the Clay County Sportsmens Club.
Vermillion Friends of the NRA will host its 2001 fund-raising banquet on Thursday, May 31 at the Eagle's Club. Festivities will include a meal and the annual auction. Tickets can be purchased at Tigert Art Gallery or by calling 624-8418. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for youth 15 and under.