A local 4-H club received a grant earlier this month that will allow for the purchase of new supplies.

Dean Leber, adult sponsor for the Nueces County 4-H Trap and Skeet Club, said last week most of the funds from the $13,500 grant would be used to purchase four shotguns and clay targets for the club's 43 members.

"Our club is expanding and it's really starting to grow," Leber said. "It takes more money to support more kids."

The grant was awarded by the National Rifle Association Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports a broad range of programs and services that benefit local communities from providing range access for physically disabled shooters to firearms safety, education and leadership for youth.

Some of the programs include the "Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program" and the "Refuse to be a Victim Program."

The NRA Foundation has awarded more than 15,000 grants nationally, totaling about $300,000 to support charitable and youth programs, such as various 4-H programs in South Texas.

"We are very excited about this funding and pleased that the NRA is making an investment in our community in a program that promotes firearm safety, discipline, competition, leadership skills and the joy of shooting sports," Leber said.

The club recently finished its season in July and is preparing for its new season to start in February in order to prepare for the July 2009 state meet.

A location for the state meet has yet to be determined.