2018 - The NRA Foundation has awarded the Sidney Shooting Park two grants for 2018 - a general merchandise grant and a range improvement grant, for a total of $13,275.34
The range improvement grant of $10,000 is earmarked toward constructing new shade structures next to the trap and skeet fields, as well as a covered equipment shed located south of the clubhouse. The general merchandise grant of $3,275.34 included consumable items for the Sidney Sharpshooters 4-H youth shooting programs, such as .22 ammunition, shotgun shells, clay targets, paper targets, and eye and ear protection.
“The Sidney Shooting Park would once again like to thank the NRA Foundation grant program for their continued support and development of the shooting park. The NRA Foundation has been a huge part of allowing us to improve the facilities and make them more shooter- and family-friendly. Past grants have been used to improve equipment on the regulation trap and skeet fields. With the ability to now host both ATA and NSSA shoots, this year’s grants have allowed us to provide shade structures to improve the shooting park experience. It encourages family and friends to come as spectators and enjoy the shooting sports atmosphere as we introduce new people to the sport.” said Ray Witt, SSP Vice-President.
“As the park grows and develops, it is imperative that we are able to protect our investments and make the park as efficient as possible. With the generous grant for the equipment storage sheds, we now have the ability to store equipment and targets on-site in a protected environment. The return on these investments will be realized for many years to come as we continue to grow and improve the shooting sports programs in the Panhandle of Nebraska.”
NWTF - Cheyenne County Boss Gobblers
2018 - The Sidney Shooting Park is proud to announce the receipt of a $500 grant from the Cheyenne County Boss Gobblers - NWTF. The money was used to purchase 4 new Crickett rifles for the Sidney Sharpshooters 4-H .22-Caliber Rimfire Rifle program, as well as gun stands, target holders, and other reusable equipment necessary to keep the youth shooting programs running smoothly.
“The BB Gun and .22 Rimfire Rifle 4H programs would like to thank the National Wild Turkey Federation for their support of the programs. These funds allowed for the acquisition of four new Crickett .22 rimfire rifles as well as other equipment such as shooting pads, official targets, target holders, etc. The program had gone idle and lacked the equipment needed to allow the students to compete effectively.” said Bernie Fehringer, BB-gun and .22 Rimfire Rifle coach and SSP Board Member.
“The equipment acquired will continue to support the program for many years into the future. We hope to develop a good competitive team this coming season. We start the students shooting reactive targets. There is nothing like seeing the face of a young shooter when they put that first shot onto the target!”
2017 - The NRA Foundation has awarded the Sidney Shooting Park a range improvement grant totaling $9,312. The funds are earmarked to fund the purchase of two skeet-specific clay target throwers to complete the Park’s skeet field. "The Sidney Shooting Park would like to thank the generous support of the NRA Foundation grant program", said Sean Streff, SSP President. "The grant has helped in our continued expansion of the Sidney Shooting Park facility."
The goal of this project is to purchase the final equipment necessary to upgrade the skeet field to meet the specifications of a regulation course. With the upgrade of the throwers, the Sidney Shooting Park will be able to host sanctioned NSSA (National Skeet Shooting Association) shoots to draw people from outlying states and from across the nation, and provide people from the local area with additional marksmanship opportunities and youth instruction programs.
"Thanks to this generous grant from the NRA Foundation, we now offer a skeet shooting venue that features state-of-the-art Pat-Trap skeet machines", said Jeff Ellwanger, SSP Treasurer. "We sincerely appreciate the NRA’s commitment to shooting sports and the Sidney Shooting Park."
For more information, read the NRA Foundation grant press release HERE.
2017 - The Cabela's Outdoor Fund has awarded the Sidney Shooting Park a grant for $21,000 to upgrade and expand the existing Archery venue!
In addition to upgrading the practice field, a new, larger walking course will be added with 14 targets covering just under one mile. A shelter with a concrete pad, picnic benches, and bow racks will be added, as well as fencing and signage.
For more information, read the Cabela's Outdoor Fund press release HERE.
NWTF - Cheyenne County Boss Gobblers
2017 - The Sidney Shooting Park is proud to announce the receipt of a $500 grant from the Cheyenne County Boss Gobblers - NWTF for the Sidney Sharpshooters 4-H youth shooting programs! We appreciate your support!