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Aviation Capital Grant Program

Grants to New York Public-Use Airport Owners
for Infrastructure Improvement Projects

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New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)

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06/29/18 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to New York public-use airport owners or sponsors for projects to improve airport infrastructure. Projects should improve operational efficiencies, have positive economic impact on the locality and the state, preserve assets, or enhance safety.

Eligible airport projects include, but are not limited to:
- Construction, reconstruction, improvement, reconditioning, and preservation of capital facilities.
- Pavement maintenance/management projects.
- Purchase of airport equipment. Equipment acquired must be operated and stored on airport property.
- Purchase and installation of navigational aids.
- Projects which address safety issues at the airport.

NYSDOT is committed to working with program applicants to ensure the quick implementation of this program so that these investments create jobs; enhance regional economic development; and benefit all New Yorkers and the State’s many visitors.

Scoring criteria for the Aviation Capital Grant Program have been divided into two categories, project specific and airport specific. Project specific criteria are tied directly to the project and include Economic Benefit, Operational Efficiency, and Safety. Airport specific criteria are attributable to the airport or the airport sponsor, and include; airport category; the airport’s potential for generating aviation activity; past experience managing grants; quality of the grant application; and the amount of the proposed matching share.

Project Factors:

- Economic Benefit of Project.  This factor evaluates the potential for revenue generating projects to contribute to the long‐term economic viability of the airport. Where appropriate and substantiated in the application, the economic benefits extending beyond the airport boundaries to the surrounding community or regional area may be considered in analyzing the economic benefit of the airport. Economic benefits which generate direct revenue for the airport may be designated as the primary objective. Economic benefits which generate indirect revenue for the airport or extend beyond the airport boundaries may be designated as a secondary objective. Grant application evaluators cannot infer potential benefits from project types or vague, unsubstantiated conclusions. Grant applications containing estimates of economic benefits based on detailed analysis with appropriate supporting documentation will score better than those lacking sufficient detail to present a compelling argument. Project will also be evaluated for adherence to the Regional Economic Development Plan for the respective Regional Economic Development Council (REDC). The application must explain how the project adheres to the REDC plan.

- Improved Operational Efficiency.  This factor scores the benefit to the airport of improving airport accessibility for aircraft either in the air (e.g. approach, landing, takeoff and departure) or on the ground (e.g. taxiing, parking).  Landside improvements address how efficiently people process through the terminal including arrival and departure by other modes, including vehicle parking. Acquisition of equipment to maintain airport property and assets and to maintain or restore airport operations during or after inclement weather is also considered under this factor. Projects which promote operational efficiency often include safety benefits as well, and vice‐versa. Projects which seek primarily to increase the capacity of the facility either in terms of the number of operations the airport can accommodate or the number of people the terminal can process will have Operational Efficiency designated as their primary objective. Similar to the scoring for economic benefit, detailed analysis with appropriate supporting documentation will score better than benefits presented in vague descriptions with little detail.    

- Safety.  This factor scores the degree to which the project addresses a condition that currently or potentially presents a hazard to operations or people around the airport. While many projects may provide safety benefits as a secondary objective, only a few project categories are clearly safety related. These may include, but are not limited to: pavement resurfacing, pavement markings, provision of full‐length parallel taxiway, airport lighting (including visual aids), AWOS, obstruction removal/lighting, perimeter fencing.

Scoring under this factor will focus on how the project preserves and/or improves the airport infrastructure in support of safety by addressing current hazardous conditions or preventing deterioration of assets. Safety projects generally seek to reduce or eliminate risk to either persons or equipment (including damage to aircraft). Projects which address an existing safety issue (vs. a potential or future issue) may be scored higher in this category.

Airport Factors:

- Airport Category.  In order to account for the levels of service provided by the various airports in the State, NYSDOT classified public use airports throughout the State according to their function within the New York State System of Airports, considering characteristics such as Part 139 certification, number of based aircraft, and availability of services like fuel and aircraft repair. Eligible airports are assigned to one of four categories reflecting the airport’s function within the system of airports. 

- Potential for Attracting Aviation Activity.  This factor scores the likelihood that an airport will attract aviation business activity based on the local economy, using statistical analysis to gauge the airport’s potential benefit to the surrounding community based on proximity and types of local businesses which are more likely to generate demand for aviation services. This factor is different from the Economic Benefit of Project factor as the former focuses on the local economy and the airport’s ability to attract or generate near‐future aviation activity, while the latter focuses on how the improvement will help the finances of the airport under current operational and economic conditions (i.e. without attracting new activity).

- Past Experience Managing Grants.   This factor scores grant recipients on their efficient management of past grants and adherence to requirements contained in the Program Guidelines. Where consultants manage airport projects, the performance of the consultants in managing grants will be considered.

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GrantWatch ID#: 183605

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are owners/sponsors of public‐use airports in the State which include: Municipal corporations; public authorities (except a bi‐state authority); public‐benefit corporations; other owners of public use airports; or any combination of these eligible applicants. 

To be eligible for funding, airports must meet the following requirements:
- The airport must be a public‐use airport.
- The airport must be listed in the most recent State Airport System Plan (SASP), 2008, which was published in 2009.  A list of SASP airports can be found on Table 1 (page 3‐4) of the report available at:
- The airport must have a current Airport Layout Plan (ALP) approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NYSDOT.  A copy of the most recent approved ALP will be required prior to contract execution and is encouraged as part of the application submission.
- The airport sponsor must be registered in the NYS Grants Gateway System. Not‐for‐Profit entities must also complete the pre‐qualification process in NYS Grants Gateway. For information on the Grants Gateway, visit:  
- The airport must have a current registration and security plan on file with NYSDOT in accordance with the 2004 GA Airport Security Law (Article 2, Section 14m of Transportation Law).
- Sponsors are reminded that they must also meet all FAA requirements related to the airport work to be funded.

Grants under this program are subject to the limitations specified below:
- The State share for any project awarded as a result of this solicitation shall not exceed $1,500,000.
- Applicants may submit up to two project applications per airport.  If submitting two project applications, applicant must indicate each application’s priority in the box provided for this selection in the application form.   
- Each airport may only receive one award from this solicitation; consequently, an applicant’s priority ranking may be used to select a project for funding if both applications score high enough to be considered for funding.
- Project must be consistent with the latest Airport Layout Plan (ALP) for that airport.
- Projects must result in a completed, usable product.  Applications for partial or phased projects are not eligible unless other phases are being funded by other sources, and the funding is already committed.  Proof of funding commitment by other sources will be required in these cases.
- Applications for funding to complete projects previously funded by this program are not eligible.

Pre-proposal Conference:

NYSDOT will host a webinar on the Aviation Capital Grant Program on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM. The webinar will provide information about the program, details on the application process, guidance on how sponsors may improve their applications and an opportunity for participants to ask questions.

Pre-Application Information:

NYSDOT will be accepting applications from eligible applicants between May 7, 2018 and June 29, 2018.

All projects must have a minimum service life of at least 10 years.

The minimum matching‐share requirements for this program are as follows:
- Minimum 10% Share. For general aviation airports, relievers, and commercial service airports with less than 50,000 annual enplanements, the State share can be up to 90% of eligible project costs.
- Minimum 20% Share.  For commercial service airports with 50,000 or more enplanements, but less than 700,000 enplanements, the State share can be up to 80% of eligible project costs.
- Minimum 30% Share.  For commercial service airports with annual enplanements of 700,000 or more, the State share can be up to 70% of eligible project costs.

Enplanement figures are based on the latest FAA‐published annual figures for U.S. airports.

Applicants are encouraged to propose a higher percentage whenever possible.  A sponsor may provide the matching share using its own funds or in cooperation with other local parties (private operators at the airport, local chambers of commerce, other town/county agencies, etc.).  Matching share may not be provided using funds provided by another State agency or authority or the federal government.  Matching share can include contributions made by non‐airport local sources(e.g. private entities, local clubs, or not‐for‐profit organizations).

Contact Information:

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

Questions concerning acceptable documentation should be sent to the Aviation Bureau ( prior to submitting an application.

Aviation Bureau
New York State Department of Transportation
50 Wolf Road, POD 5-4
Albany, NY 12232

Phone: (518) 485-7691

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York