FAA Contract Tower Competitive Grant Program
Through FY 2026, the FAA will make available $20 million annually from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to modernize air traffic control towers. These funds will allow airports to sustain, construct, repair, improve, rehabilitate, modernize, replace, or relocate non-approach control towers; acquire and install air traffic control, communications, and related equipment to be used in those towers; and construct a remote tower certified by the FAA (there are currently no remote towers certified by the FAA).
Fiscal Year 2024 Application Period Opens on November 1
The next $20 million, awarded in FY2024 will be made available to support the FAA Contract Tower program, which will upgrade and build control towers around the nation to include many small towns and municipal airports.
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There are currently 175 airports with contract air traffic control towers eligible for this funding—places like Smyrna Airport, Tenn.; Richland, N.C.; and Medford, Ore.
View a list of airports eligible for the FAA Contract Tower Competitive Grant Program as of March 2023.
The Fiscal Year 2024 application period opens on November 1, 2023.
- Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to learn about the program and the terms and conditions of the grant awards.
- Ensure you’re registered with System for Award Management (SAM) and you have a unique entity identifier. You must continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information while the FAA is reviewing your application.
- Complete and submit FAA Form 5100-144, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Airport Terminal and Tower Project Information, in its entirety including the tower only section. Instructions are included with the form.
- The form must be submitted electronically. Save your work as you complete the application and save a copy to your files for future reference. Use the "Submit" button at the bottom of the form when complete and it will be automatically emailed to the FAA BIL team. You may also email the form manually to: 9-ARP-BILAirports@faa.gov.
- Your complete, electronic application must be submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern time, December 1, 2023.
The FAA is looking to award projects that align with the President’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, promote energy efficiency, support fiscally responsible land use and transportation efficient design, support development compatible with the use of sustainable aviation fuels and technologies, increase climate resilience, incorporate sustainable pavement and construction materials as allowable, and reduce pollution.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, Section E:
- Must meet project eligibility requirements outlined under Section C.3 of the NOFO
- Timeliness of implementation
- Overall impact on the NAS including age of facility, operational constraints, nonstandard facilities conditions, or new federal contract tower entrant requirements
- Advancement of aviation safety or enhancement of air traffic efficiency
- Creation of good-paying jobs
- Description of opportunities for all workers to be trained and placed in directly related, good-paying jobs
Applicants are encouraged to submit projects that meet as many of these criteria as possible, but do not need to meet all criteria to be considered. The FAA will also consider projects that advance the goals of the following Executive Orders:
- Executive Order 13990, ‘‘Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis”
- Executive Order 13985, ‘‘Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government”
- Executive Order 14008, “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad”
- Executive Order 14030, "Climate-Related Financial Risk"
- Executive Order 14036, “Promoting Competition in the American Economy”
Applicants will be notified either in writing or electronically. The Secretary of Transportation will also announce a Notice of Intent to fund selected projects.
Applicants selected to receive a FAA Contract Tower Competitive Grant Program grant will then be required to follow AIP grant application procedures prior to award, which include meeting all prerequisites for funding, and submission of Standard Form SF-424, Application for Federal Assistance, and FAA Form 5100-100, Application for Development Projects.