Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grant Program


The goal of the Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Program is to support the creation and delivery of curriculum designed to provide high school students with aircraft pilot education. This program has the potential to be a solution to the pilot shortage by reaching a diverse new audience and encouraging our nation's youth to become the next generation of commercial, general aviation, drone or military pilots.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
Public Law 115-254
Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-254)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
(1) Accredited Higher Education Institution (20 U.S.C. 1001), Secondary school or high school (20 U.S.C. 7801) (2) State or local government entity (3) Air Carriers (sec. 40102, title 49) or labor unions representing aircraft pilots (4) Flight School that provides flight training (part 61, title 14) or holds a pilot school certificate (part, 141, title 14)
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
The FAA will forward a list of potential grant recipients to the Office of Secretary of the Department of Transportation for final selection.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
From 15 to 30 days.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
In reviewing and selecting applications for assistance under this program, prior to selecting among competing applications based upon Merit Criteria that includes but limited to number of students the project potentially reaches. The Program is committed to ensuring the applications selected for projects established will allow participation from a diverse collection of public and private schools in rural, suburban, and urban areas.
How may assistance be used?
In general, assistance under this program may be used for projects that: (1) 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. (2) Support the professional development of teachers using the above curriculum.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Technical and financial records must be retained for a minimum of 3 years (or longer, depending on special situations) following completion of a grant or cooperative agreement.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
In general, grants are awarded for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 5 years. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-254) allows for the annual allocation up to $5,000,000 each in grants funding under the Aircraft Pilots Workforce Development Grant Program in Fiscal Years (FY) 2019-2023. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Lump.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Linda Long
William J. Hughes Technical Center
Atlantic City, NJ 08405 USA
Phone: 6094858902
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (for specified projects)) FY 18 Estimate Not Available FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 20 est $5,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In general, not more than $5,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2019 through 2023 is authorized to be expended to provide grants under this program. Not more than $500,000 shall be available for any 1 grant in any 1 fiscal year under this program.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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