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Aviation Capital Grant Program

Grants to New York Public-Use Airports
for Infrastructure Improvements

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New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT)

Deadline Date:

08/19/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to New York airports for infrastructure improvements and economic development. Funding is intended to support projects that are designed to enhance operational efficiencies, have a positive economic impact on the locality and the state, preserve assets, or enhance safety at public-use airports. Eligible project activities include safety projects; preservation projects; new construction; and other projects that enhance economic competitiveness.

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.

For additional information about evaluation/scoring benefits, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 183605

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The State share for any project awarded as a result of this solicitation shall not exceed $1,500,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Aviation Capital Grant Program is open to public-use airports that are listed in the current State Airport System Plan (SASP) in categories 1 through 4.

Project must be consistent with the latest Airport Layout Plan (ALP) for that airport.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications will be accepted in the Grants Gateway system until 5:00 PM, Eastern Time, on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

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.

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.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to or call 518-585-7691.

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

Help Desk Availability
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8am to 8pm
Phone: 1-800-820-1890

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York

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