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Aviation Workforce Development Grants

Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers 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 Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers grant program?

The aviation workforce development grants for aviation maintenance technical workers support proposals that generate and increase interest and prepare students to pursue aviation maintenance careers.

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Types of Projects

What types of projects can receive funding for the Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers grant program?

The eligible projects are ones that:

  • Establish new educational programs that teach technical skills used in aviation maintenance, including purchasing equipment, or to improve existing such programs
  • Enhance aviation maintenance technical education or aviation maintenance industry workforce
  • To establish scholarships or apprenticeships for individuals pursuing employment in the aviation maintenance industry
  • Support outreach about careers in the aviation maintenance industry to:
    • Primary, secondary, and post-secondary school students,
    • Communities underrepresented in the industry
  • Support transition to careers in aviation maintenance, including members of the Armed Forces
  • Support educational opportunities related to aviation maintenance in economically disadvantaged geographic areas

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.


Does the program pay for veterans who use the Montgomery G.I. Bill? Can veterans receive enough to pay their bills while attending?

Veterans would apply through the qualified organization that received the aviation workforce development grant. Benefits that veterans receive from other government agencies do not impact their ability to participate in this program.


Can the grant funding be used to augment or enhance current facilities for the stated activities?

No. Although the authorizing legislation for the Aircraft Maintenance Technical Workers aviation workforce development grant permits the purchase of equipment, facilities construction is not an approved activity.


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 and understands that accepting applications from individual entities within any of the three categories above is consistent with congressional intent:

  • Holders of a certificate issued under parts 21, 121, 135, or 145 of 14 CFR, or labor organizations representing aviation maintenance workers
  • 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

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 established for each grant.


What if I have already completed the hours toward my Airframe and Powerplant certificate and only need to complete one more test? Can the grant program help with paying back my student loan?

The program does not fund individual applicants and it does not provide funding for loans.


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.

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Funding

How much funding is available?

Congress funded the Aviation Maintenance Technical Workers 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).

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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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