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Grants to USA Flight Schools, Agencies, IHEs, and Secondary
Schools to Develop the Workforce within the Aviation Industry

Aviation Workforce Development Grants - Aircraft Pilots

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United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) - Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

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06/17/22 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to USA flight schools, government agencies, IHEs, and secondary schools for programs to develop the workforce within the aviation industry. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to support proposals that generate interest and prepare students to become aircraft pilots, aerospace engineers, or unmanned aircraft systems operators.

The aviation workforce development grants for aircraft pilots support proposals that generate interest and prepare students to become aircraft pilots, aerospace engineers, or unmanned aircraft systems operators. These grants can also be used to support the professional development of teachers delivering eligible aviation curriculum.

Eligible Projects:

Only projects that fall into one or both of the following categories will be eligible for award:

  1. Projects that create and deliver 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; or
  2. Projects that support the professional development of teachers using the above curriculum

Note: The proposed project may utilize an applicant’s existing training curriculum as well, provided that such curriculum is consistent with the eligibility requirements listed here.

Congress also directed the FAA to ensure that the applications selected for projects established under this program allow for participation from a diverse collection of public and private schools in rural, suburban, and urban areas.

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GrantWatch ID#: 203260

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Expected Number of Awards: 10

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The FAA may award between $25,000 and $500,000 (the ceiling established by legislation) for any one grant in any one fiscal year.

Term of Contract:

Awards will be made for a project period of 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
Section 625 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 identified entities as eligible to apply for the Aircraft Pilots workforce development grants and the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020, section 1743, identified an additional category of eligible applicants identified in the last bullet below:
- Air carriers (as defined in 49 U.S.C. 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

In keeping with enabling legislation, grant recipients will be selected from the pool of qualified organizations above. 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The FAA is hosting a pre-application technical assistance (TA) webinar on Wednesday, May 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Eastern Time.

For more information and to register:

Pre-Application Information:

- Questions Accepted via email until June 7, 2022 at 11:59 pm.
- The FAA is currently accepting applications for the second round of funding. Submit your applications electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 17, 2022 (extended).

The FAA Workforce Development Grant enabling legislation does not require matching contributions in this program.

The FAA will not reimburse any pre-award or application preparation costs or facility construction or research activities.

Required Registrations:
1) Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) is required for registration. The identifier is used for tracking purposes and to validate address and point of contact information for Federal assistance applicants, recipients, and sub recipients. Obtaining a DUNS number or UEI is a free, one-time activity that can be completed by calling 1-866-705-5711 or by applying online at
2) All applicants for Federal financial assistance must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) to successfully register in The SAM database is the repository for standard information about Federal financial assistance applicants, recipients, and sub-recipients. Applicants must update or renew their SAM registration at least once per year to maintain an active status; therefore, it is critical to check registration status well in advance of relevant application deadlines. Information about SAM registration procedures can be accessed at:
3) Applicant must have an active UEI and SAM registration at the time of applicant’s submission of its application.


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you have further questions, send them to Cynthia Nelson, Grant Program Analyst,

U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20591
Attn: NextGen Grants Management Branch (ANG-A19)
NextGen Management Services (ANG-A)

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