Apply now: FAA awarding $1 billion in grant funding for airport improvement projects

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FAA announces first round of supplemental funding for airport infrastructure grants $795 million in supplemental grant funding remains for FY 2019 and 2020; deadline to apply October 31, 2018

On September 27, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the Federal Aviation Administration awarded $205 million in funding for infrastructure grants to small airports in 34 states. This is the first round of $1 billion in total funding for airport improvement projects. Of the airports receiving funding, the majority serve rural communities. The remainder of the $1 billion will be awarded during fiscal years 2019 and 2020 based on grant requests submitted by October 31. The deadline to apply for the supplemental funding grants is October 31, 2018. To view the statutory rules, evaluation criteria and the submission process, please click here.

Included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (PL – 115-141) – also known as the 2018 omnibus spending bill – the funding supplements the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which was funded at $3.31 billion for FY 2018. A longstanding NACo priority, AIP provides funds for capital projects without the financial burden of debt financing, although airports are required to provide a local match of between 5 percent and 25 percent, depending on the airport size and eligible costs.

A total of 37 airports received grant funding from this latest round of supplemental funding. The awarded projects include runway reconstruction and rehabilitation, and the maintenance of taxiways, aprons and terminals.

About Zach George (Full Bio)

Legislative Assistant

Zach George joined NACo in March 2016 and serves as a Legislative Assistant. He is responsible for writing and editing blog articles, conducting legislative research and providing legislative support for Environment, Energy and Land Use; Transportation; Telecommunications and Technology; and the Gulf Coast Counties and Parishes Coalition.

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