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Aviation Workforce Development Grants

Aircraft Pilots FAQs

Update on the Notices of Funding Opportunity:

The Notices of Funding Opportunity are posted on grants.gov to apply for these grants:

Learn more about applying for these grants on our Application Procedures page.

Although not mandatory, we strongly recommend prospective applicants submit a non-binding Notice of Intent to Apply by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 29, 2021, to aid the FAA in conducting a fair and efficient evaluation. Please declare your intention to apply via e-mail to: Patricia.Watts@faa.gov. Refer to the Intent to Apply guidance for details.

Objectives

Types of Projects

Eligible Applicants

Funding

Reference Information

Application Package

Deadline

Questions


Objectives

What are the objectives for the Aircraft Pilots grant program?

The aviation workforce development grants for aircraft pilots support proposals that generate and increase interest and prepare students to become aircraft pilots, aerospace engineers, or unmanned aircraft systems operators.

The grants also support the professional development of teachers using an aviation curriculum.

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Types of Projects

What types of projects can receive funding for the Aircraft Pilots grant program?

The eligible projects are ones that:

  • Create and deliver a curriculum designed to provide high school students with meaningful aviation education that is designed to prepare the students to become aircraft pilots, aerospace engineers, or unmanned aircraft systems operators. This grant project eligibility includes the delivery of an existing training curriculum.
  • Support the professional development of teachers using the curriculum.

Does this program pay for flight training expenses and aircraft rental fees?

No. The program does not pay for flight training expenses or aircraft rental fees and it does not reimburse expenses incurred by the student.


Can a post-secondary institution host satellite training at other educational facilities, such as aviation museums, after-school programs, or clubs (i.e. secondary school) that have applicable equipment and enable dual enrollment opportunities?

Yes, the curriculum and related activities can be delivered to the targeted groups in various settings. Additionally, the applicant's proposal should identify each setting(s) and eligible targeted groups.


Can a funding application include training for both high school students and graduates? Could grant funds be used at a technical academy located at an aviation research office park where high school students are bussed in for training and employees at the office park seeking new skills and certifications also attend?

Although activities may generate interest from other age groups, the enabling legislation provides for the creation and delivery of curriculum to high school level participants.


How do we maximize this aviation workforce development grant opportunity to support the launch of a new sector in aviation not impacted by commercial travel?

The focus of this program is clearly defined in section 625 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-254).

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Eligible Applicants

Who can apply for this grant?

The FAA considers these organizations as eligible applicants:

  • Air carriers (as defined in 49 USC 40102) or labor organizations representing aircraft pilots
  • Flight schools that provide flight training (14 CFR part 61) or hold a pilot school certificate (14 CFR part 141)
  • Accredited higher education institutions (20 U.S.C. 1001), or secondary schools or high schools (20 U.S.C. 7801)
  • State or local governmental entities
  • Organizations representing aircraft users, aircraft owners, or aircraft pilots

Can individuals apply for this grant?

No. Congress authorized aviation workforce development grants to create or strengthen programs intended to attract the next generation for specified aviation careers. In keeping with enabling legislation, grant recipients will be selected from the pool of qualified organizations defined by Congress and noted in the program announcement. The FAA does not have authority to award grants beyond the stated purpose, or to provide scholarships or any form of financial assistance directly to individual applicants, although the selected entities may offer scholarship opportunities as a funded activity. Those interested in direct scholarship opportunities are encouraged to visit the FAA Grants and Scholarships page.


May I apply for both aviation workforce development grant programs?

Yes. Eligible projects and applicants vary between the grants for aircraft pilots and aviation maintenance technical workers. Your submission will be evaluated based on the criteria for each grant.


Can you broaden the scope of eligible applicants or eligible projects identified in these grant programs?

No. Eligible applicants and projects are identified in the enabling legislation.


Can these grants be made available to aviation-related student organizations or clubs within local school districts? The development of student organizations or clubs will provide flexibility for school districts to effectively reach young people with relevant aviation-related curriculum.

Yes. The curriculum and related activities can be delivered outside of the high school setting and to high-school-aged members of various groups and organizations. However, the qualified entity (high school, etc.) must submit the application and serve as the grant recipient.

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Funding

How much funding is available?

Congress funded the Aircraft Pilots workforce development grants at $5 million for fiscal year 2020. The FAA may award between $25,000 and $500,000 (the ceiling established by legislation) for any one grant in any one fiscal year.


Will there be a market to increase funding due to commercial aviation taking a hit during the current public health emergency?

The FAA received authority for these programs in fiscal year 2018 and funding is not related to public health emergency relief efforts.

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Reference Information

Where can I find the legislative text?

The Aviation Workforce Development Grant Programs appear as a note to 49 U.S.C. 40101. The note material entitled "Aviation Workforce Development Programs" incorporates section 625 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-254), as amended by section 1743 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020 (Public Law 116-92).

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Application Package

How do I submit my grant application?

You will submit your application online at grants.gov. Application details and deadlines are posted in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, which you can access using the link at the top of this page.


How will my grant application be evaluated?

Evaluation criteria is posted on grants.gov with the Notice of Funding Opportunity, which you can access using the link at the top of this page.

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Deadline

When (and how) can I submit my Notice of Intent to Apply?

Although not mandatory, the FAA strongly recommends prospective applicants submit a non-binding Notice of Intent to Apply by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 29, 2021, to aid the FAA in conducting a fair and efficient evaluation. Please declare your intention to apply via e-mail to: Patricia.Watts@faa.gov. Refer to the Intent to Apply guidance for details.

When can I submit my grant application?

The FAA is accepting applications for this grant through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on March 22, 2021.


What can I do to prepare for the application?

All federal financial assistance programs follow 2 CFR 200. You may familiarize yourself with the process on grants.gov. The Grants Learning Center is an excellent resource for getting started. You may also register your organization on grants.gov to prepare for your application. See Application Procedures to get started.

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Questions

Where will I find additional information about this program?

Please refer to the Notice of Funding Opportunity on grants.gov or visit this webpage on a regular basis for additional information. You may also sign up for our mailing list.


Who can I contact if I have questions about this grant program?

The FAA's Office of NextGen is administering this program on behalf of the Department of Transportation. The FAA is only accepting feedback at AWD-Grants@faa.gov. To ensure a fair and open competition for the grant programs, we may post the answer to your question on this webpage.


Can you inform me when there is news about this grant program?

Yes. Please subscribe to be notified when we update webpages about aviation workforce development grants.

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