If an applicant is a private entity, how do they work the government sponsor aspect of the grant requirements without turning over their ownership?

The program allows for up to 50 percent of the project funding coming from the FAA. At least 10 percent of the project must be funded by industry, and the remaining 40 percent can be funded by the project sponsor. There is also no prohibition on 50 percent of the project-funding coming from private sources. That said, the project sponsor must be a government entity. This may be Federal, state, or local in nature.

Private applicants are responsible for making their own agreements with sponsoring agencies. However, AST notes that having a relationship with a government entity sponsor does not necessarily mean turning over complete ownership to that entity. AST also reiterates that projects funded under this program, like those funded under the Airport Improvements Program, will generally be for public use or serve a public purpose; for example, a grantee's facility would be for the use of paying customers, and not solely for the use of the grantee.

AST encourages applicants to contact an association such as the Aerospace States Association or the National Association of State Aviation Officials. These organizations are familiar with the grant process and may provide valuable assistance in locating a government sponsor.

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Conversely, if an applicant is a government agency, how do they obtain industry participation in the project?
There are several possible approaches, such as soliciting corporate investment in return for tax advantages, or discounts for future services. AST encourages project sponsors to reach out to the Commercial Space Industry. Note that the industry contribution can be "in kind," in the form of donated equipment or services. (Conversely, the public contribution may also be partly or wholly "in kind.") One way in which a government grant applicant can interface with industry is through their local Chamber of Commerce.

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Is an educational institution such as a university acceptable as the government entity?
If the institution is state-supported, yes.

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Are upgrades to existing facilities or the purchase of equipment, i.e., a crane or electrical work acceptable?
Yes.

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Are there any guidelines regarding such things as: page limits; fonts; single or double sided pages; pagination; title page; requests for control of proprietary information; word processing software; photos, graphics, and tables; headers and/or footers; footnotes; referenced literature; etc?
As the program matures, no doubt such standardization will emerge. At this time, however, we have no format requirements other than that the submission should be legible. The FAA/AST will treat all applications as proprietary information, equivalent to a contractor's proposal in a source selection.

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What level of engineering diagrams and plans are needed in terms of scale as well as degree of completion?
This will vary from project to project. If necessary, the applicant may submit an overall, large-scale plan to show the project's location on a facility, and supplement that with a smaller scale drawing to more clearly show the project and its immediate surroundings. Degree of completion will depend on the individual project as well. AST anticipates that some applicants will break their projects into phases, requesting an initial grant for the planning phase, and subsequent grants for further development.

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Questions about the Standard Form 424 (Grant Application)

  • Block 5a- Federal Entity Identifier:
    Enter "N/A"
  • Block 5B- Federal Award Identifier:
    Enter "N/A"
  • Block 11 Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number and CFDA Title:
    Enter "N/A"
  • Block 12 Funding Opportunity Number and Title:
    Enter "N/A"
  • Block 13 Competition Identification Number and Title:
    Competition Identification Number is not applicable to this program. Insert "Commercial Space Transportation Grants Program" as the title.

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Where on the form does it ask for a written description of the need and plans to use the funds?
See Block 15. Note that the applicant is expected to attach a detailed description of the project, not try to squeeze it all into the space provided.

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Contact Information

Have other questions? Call or email:

Michael McElligott
(202) 267-7859
Email

Glenn Rizner
(202) 267-3194
Email

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