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Small Community Air Service Development Program (SCASDP)

Grants to USA Small Communities
to Enhance Local Airport Services

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US Department of Transportation - Office of Aviation Analysis

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03/01/21 4:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA small communities to improve air service provided by local airports. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to assist airlines in providing services to underserved airports, including enhanced availability of services and decreased airfares. Priority will be given to communities or consortia of communities that have had air carrier service reduced or suspended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Department is authorized to award grants under 49 U.S.C. § 41743(d) to communities that seek to provide assistance to:

  • A U.S. air carrier to subsidize service to and from an underserved airport;
  • An underserved airport to obtain service to and from the underserved airport; and/or 
  • An underserved airport to implement such other measures as the Secretary, in consultation with such airport, considers appropriate to improve air service both in terms of the cost of such service to consumers and the availability of such service, including improving air service through marketing and promotion of air service and enhanced utilization of airport facilities.

Priority consideration will be given to those communities or consortia whose applications align with the following criteria:

  • Air fares are higher than the national average air fares for all communities. 
  • The assistance will be used to help restore scheduled passenger air service that has been reduced or suspended as a result of the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic (including new service that an air carrier intended and proposed to operate at an airport, but which never began due to the effects of the pandemic). 
  • The assistance will be used to help restore scheduled passenger air service that has been terminated as a result of other causes.

For a full list of Priority Selection Criteria, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145334

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Number of Grants:

No more than 40 communities or consortia of communities, or a combination thereof, may be selected to participate in the program in each year for which the funds are appropriated.

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no minimum or maximum individual award amount, and the amounts awarded will vary depending upon the features and merits of the selected applications. In past years, the Department’s individual grant sizes have ranged from $20,000 to nearly $1.6 million.

Term of Contract:

The Department intends to award grants for three years to complete studies, four years for marketing and promotion (including advertising and public relations) of the airport, community, carrier, or destination, and five years for projects that target a revenue guarantee, subsidy, or other financial incentives.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Both individual communities and consortia of communities are eligible for SCASDP funds. An application from a consortium of communities must be one that seeks to facilitate the efforts of the communities working together toward one joint grant project, with one joint objective, including the establishment of one entity to ensure that the joint objective is accomplished.

Communities that do not currently have commercial air service are eligible for SCASDP funds.

In order to satisfy the hub size requirement set forth in 49 U.S.C. § 41743(c)(1)(A), the airport serving the community or consortium may not be larger than a small hub airport, as determined using the FAA’s most recently published classification effective on the date that the community or consortium files an application.

Priority will be given to communities or consortia of communities that have had air carrier service reduced or suspended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Only public entities may apply for and serve as the legal sponsor of a grant under the Small Community Program. Private organizations cannot be the lead applicant.

Small communities that currently receive subsidized air service under the Essential Air Service (“EAS”) or Alternate Essential Air Service (“AEAS”) program will not be considered eligible for SCASDP funds.

Airport capital improvement projects, including, but not limited to, runway expansions and enhancements, the construction of additional aircraft gates, and other airport terminal expansions and reconfigurations are ineligible for funding under the Small Community Program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for funding under the Small Community Air Service Development Program shall be submitted electronically via as an attachment to the SF424 by 4:00 PM EST, March 1,2021. All materials must be time-stamped by the deadline date and time.

Registering with is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur and it can take up to several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation and a user password. It is highly recommended that applicants start the registration process as early as possible.

Each applicant is required to (i) be registered in SAM before submitting its application; (ii) provide a valid DUNS number in its application; and (iii) continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by DOT.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications in advance of the deadline.

The Department provides this assistance in the form of grants that are disbursed on a reimbursable basis.

Cost sharing or matching is not required for applications. However, applications that provide multiple levels of contributions (State, local, cash, and in-kind contributions) will be viewed more favorably.

No more than four communities or consortia of communities, or a combination thereof, from the same State may be selected to participate in the program in any fiscal year.

A community may file only one application for a grant, either individually or as part of a consortium.

A community or consortium may not receive a new grant to support the same project more than once in a ten-year period. For exceptions and further details concerning this limitation, see

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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.

Brooke Chapman, Associate Director
Small Community Air Service Development Program
(202) 366-0577

For technical assistance, please call the Customer Support Hotline at 1-800-518-4726.

U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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