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Aviation Workforce Development Grants

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Please Note

  • The application period is closed for the Round 3 – 2023 Aviation Workforce Development Grants for  Aircraft Pilots and Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers.


The Department of Transportation has the authority to establish two grant programs for aviation workforce development through fiscal year 2023 according to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, section 625. The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, per section 1743, added one additional category to eligible applicants for the Aircraft Pilots program.

The FAA is investing in the future aviation workforce. We are providing grants to academia and the aviation community to help prepare a more inclusive talent pool of pilots and aviation maintenance technicians, to inspire and recruit the next generation of aviation professionals.

Grants are available to eligible applicants as established in legislation. (Individuals are not eligible to apply directly to the FAA for a grant under these programs.) To learn more, please select Aircraft Pilots or Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers.

Aircraft Pilots

pilot in front of a hangar with her plane inside

Generate and increase interest and prepare students to become aircraft pilots, aerospace engineers, or unmanned aircraft systems operators.

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Aviation Maintenance
Technical Workers

plane technician checking a small aircraft engine

Generate and increase interest and prepare students to pursue aviation maintenance careers.

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Program criteria and application details are provided in the Notices of Funding Opportunity, which are posted on


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Last updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2023