USA Shooting Athlete Endowment

2017 Athlete Endowment Grant Application is now available!  PDF | Word

2017 Athlete Endowment Deadline - January 30, 2017

The Athlete Endowment Fund was established in 2005 by the Bunker Club with the intention of awarding grants to shooting sport athletes to help offset the cost of competitions, equipment, ammunition, travel and training in hopes of maintaining USA Shooting’s competitive excellence well into the future.  The goal of the endowment is to build a strong foundation of USA Shooting athletes by assisting with development of their shooting skills needed to become high-level competitors and Olympians. 

In 2015, the Endowment awarded grants to 18 athletes totaling $27,000.  The following year, USAS was extremely pleased to award 27 grants totaling $36,500.  As the endowment continues to grow with the help of generous donors, it is expected that the grant totals could reach $50,000 in 2017. 

The goals of the Athlete Endowment are already being realized with several success stories from awardees, including 2016 Olympic champion Ginny Thrasher and Junior Olympic Champion Will Shaner. 

Recognizing the need for USA Shooting to build its own base of financial support, Col. D. Behrens started fundraising within a small inner-circle of hunting buddies which has now blossomed into a very loyal and dedicated group.  The Bunker Club was established at a time when USAS was in a tight financial position.  There was an immediate need to replace bunker trap machines at the International Shotgun Range in Colorado Springs.  The Bunker Club members successfully raised $200,000 to complete the project.

After the initial fundraising task was completed, Bunker Club members then decided to make a long-term commitment to USA Shooting athletes.  They set forth to establish an endowment of $3 million in which, to date, have successfully raised $1.6 million.  Their continued support of athletes is amazing, and we are forever grateful.

To build on this level of achievement, USA Shooting must create a strong base of financial support to ensure that our athletes can not only compete successfully in the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but also to build an athlete base and opportunity for young shooters to achieve success into the future.

Application criteria are as follows:

  • Applicants must have a current USA Shooting event classification;
  • Demonstrated potential in both skill and commitment are required;
  • USA Shooting membership is required at the time of application;
  • A grant application must be received at USA Shooting no later than January 30, 2017.  Please include an athlete headshot with your application.
  • Members of the National Team, Development Team or National Junior Team (past or present) are not eligible for Endowment grants;
  • Members of the Junior Olympic Squad (Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun) may apply for grants.
  • Members of the USA Shooting Team who are already receiving financial assistance are not eligible for endowment grants.
  • Applications can be mailed or scanned and emailed to: USA Shooting, Attn: Endowment Grant Committee, 1 Olympic Plaza, Colorado Springs, CO 80909; email

The Athlete Endowment will award athletes with grants to help cover training, competition expenses, equipment, ammunition, and travel.  Payments will be made for eligible expenses on a reimbursement by receipt basis during same calendar year as awarded grant.

Giving Levels 

  • Olympic Level - $25,000
  • World Champion Level - $10,000
  • World Cup Level - $3,000 (Bunker Club Membership)


Endowment gifts can be offered in a variety of ways: 

  • Cash
  • Gifts of marketable securities
  • Gifts of tangible personal property
  • Gifts of real estate
  • Trusts
  • Life insurance


100% of each contribution will go directly to the Athlete Endowment Fund

Our sincere appreciation is extended to the Bunker Club for making this grant program possible.

Donations can be made by mailing a check to:

USA Shooting
Attn: Athlete Endowment
1 Olympic Plaza
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

To pay by credit card, please call (719) 866-4743.



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