UNDATED -- The Minnesota DNR is giving $400,000 worth of grants to several area trap shooting clubs.

The grants are part of a $2,100,000 legislative measure to increase shooting range capacity for young trap shooters.

The money will provide matching funds to shooting clubs who are working to expand their youth trap shooting programs.

The DNR says the number of clay target youth shooters has skyrocketed from 3,400 in 2013 to about 6,100 in the spring of 2014.

Some of the clubs in central Minnesota who will be receiving grants include the Annandale Conservation Club, Belgrade Sportsman's Club, Kimball Rod & Gun Club, Monticello Sportsmen's Club and Rice Creek Hunting & Rec. in Little Falls.

A total of 55 clubs submitted grants with 40 of them being awarded grants ranging from $2,000 to $25,000.