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Aviation Workforce Development Grants

Proposals for the 2021 selection cycle are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 22, 2021. The FAA intends to post the list of award recipients on the and this website by September. Learn more through our Guidance for Intent to Apply, Application Procedures, and program-specific webpages below.

Refer to the Notices of Funding Opportunity on to apply for these grants:

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 one of these grant opportunities:

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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The FAA is only accepting Notices of Intent to Apply, questions, and feedback at To ensure a fair and open competition for the grant programs, we may post the answer to your feedback on this webpage.

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