The Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) runs on a Federal Fiscal Year of October 1st to September 30th. Though still working on grants from prior years, on October 1st, everyone’s attention turns to the new Fiscal Year and plans begin to “scope” the next year’s projects. In collaboration with the FAA New England Regional office and each individual state DOT, the process starts with a “Proposed Project Worksheet.” The timeline below will walk you through the steps to completing a timely and complete grant application to submit for Fiscal Year 2023.

Note that each grant application deadline requires specific criteria to be met before an application is submitted. For each type of application, this means:

  • Development and/or acquisition applications must be based on bids. You must work with your engineering consultant to be sure that design plans and specifications are prepared in a timely manner so as to allow time to put the project out to bid. Then bids must be analyzed to determine which bidder will be given a Notice of Award. This is the amount of the construction cost that will be part of the grant application.
  • Land/easement acquisition applications must be based on purchase and sales or actuals. You must have a signed purchase and sales agreement in hand for the land or easement OR documentation showing the sale is finalized if the acquisition occurred prior to the grant application. Planning and/or environmental study applications must be based on final/FAA approved scope of work. Work with your Airports New England (ANE) FAA Planner to be sure that the scope is understood and approved prior to submitting the grant application.

Missing any required dates in the timeline will jeopardize FY2023 funding for your airport. Working closely with the ANE FAA Planner and the state department of transportation will ensure that plans for using your available AIP funding are clearly understood, and deadlines are easily met.

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law – Airport Infrastructure

The FAA is awarding an additional $25 billion investment in the nation’s air transportation system through the once-in-a-generation Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to build safer, more sustainable airports that connect people to jobs and communities worldwide.

This $25 billion is allocated over 5 years for the following programs:

FAA grant funding categories

With this new funding, businesses and airports across the country now can get to work on projects that have waited for years, modernizing their infrastructure and building a better America. Learn more about grant opportunities at Reach out and we will be happy to assist you in learning how to apply for this additional funding!