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Notice Regarding Documentation of Nonprofit Status

The NRA Foundation makes grants in support of its mission only to nonprofit organizations conducting qualified public programs and has recently increased efforts to ensure this documentation is provided in the application process.  The following criteria/documentation, subject to NRA Foundation review and approval, can meet this requirement:

  1. Entity is a government agency, or
  2. Proof of 501(c) status/IRS nonprofit determination letter, or
  3. Articles of nonprofit incorporation filed with the state, or
  4. Proof of state recognition as a nonprofit organization, or
  5. Copy of IRS form 990 for most recent tax year, or
  6. Must be sponsored by another organization that meets one of the categories above; in such an instance, the grant will be paid to and administered by the sponsoring organization.

You will be asked in the application to upload documentation supporting your nonprofit status. 

If your organization is NOT currently incorporated or registered as a nonprofit and you wish to do so, an Internet search for your state's Secretary of State or State Corporation Commission can get you started on the process. There are numerous other websites that address the issues involved in starting, operating, and maintaining a nonprofit. The NRA Foundation cannot provide guidance on how to start and run a nonprofit organization. The sites listed below are a list of possible resources for your organization; they may not address all issues and are not specifically endorsed by the NRA Foundation. 


Additionally, the IRS has created the new 1023 EZ which simplifies the application process to obtain IRS 501 (c)(3) status. See New 1023-EZ Form Makes Applying for 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status Easier; Most Charities Qualify and Form 1023-EZ, Streamlined Application for Recognition of Exemption Under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

If you are seeking legal assistance, the NRA has an attorney referral service. Take advantage of this service by calling the NRA Office of General Counsel directly at 703.267.1250 and indicate that you are applying for a Foundation grant. The attorneys on this list are not NRA employees, and the NRA does not make any recommendation or representation regarding the attorneys on the list. Please note that any fee arrangements and expenses are the personal responsibility of the individual seeking legal advice.