Airport Improvement Program


To assist sponsors, owners, or operators of public-use airports in the development of a nationwide system of airports adequate to meet the needs of civil aeronautics. The purpose of the law includes the investment in transportation, environmental protection, and airport infrastructure that will support long-term economic benefits.

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; K - Advisory Services and Counseling
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 See Section 170 for Example of Projects and Programs for 2016.
Fiscal Year 2018 The Airport Improvement Program awarded $3,314,339,779 in funding to support airport infrastructure grants to states and territories. A partial list of accomplishments includes runway reconstruction and rehabilitation; construction of firefighting facilities; and improvements to taxiways, aprons, and terminals. The construction and equipment supported by this funding increases the airports’ safety, emergency response capabilities, and capacity; and could support further economic growth and development within each airport’s region. Some examples of funded projects include: • $7.3 million awarded to repair an airport apron where aircraft park. • $18.9 million awarded to repair taxiways and construct a new taxiway to provide access to hangars; and the purchase of an emergency generator for the airport during inclement weather. • $2.4 million awarded to install sound insulation noise mitigation measures for residences near the airport
Airport Improvement Act, Subtitle VII of Title 49 United States Code, Aviation Programs
Public Law 115-254
Public Law 115-141
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
States, counties, municipalities, U.S. Territories and possessions, and other public agencies including an Indian tribe or pueblo, the Republics of the Marshall Islands and Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia are eligible for airport development grants if the airport on which the development is required is listed in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). Certain local government organizations may be eligible for grants to implement noise planning and compatibility projects. Private owners of public-use reliever airports or airports having at least 2,500 passengers boarding annually and receiving scheduled passenger aircraft service may also be eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
States, counties, municipalities, U.S. Territories and possessions, and other public agencies including an Indian tribe or pueblo, the Republics of the Marshall Islands and Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia, and private owners of reliever airports or airports having at least 2,500 passenger boarding annually and receiving scheduled passenger aircraft service.
Sponsors must submit information establishing financial capability and legal authority to accomplish the project and to operate the airport.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. Alternative environmental reporting and documentation may be acceptable based upon the project type.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Pre-application for Federal Assistance, SF 424, Part I (facesheet) filed with the appropriate FAA field office, reviewed by the respective Regional Office and/or Washington program office for approval. For master plans (may be combined as part of development project), noise compatibility plans, and system plans, SF-424 and Parts II through V of FAA Form 5100-101, the Application for Federal Assistance and Application for Planning Projects respectively, must be submitted to the FAA field offices. Level of approval is dependent on the type of airport and amount of FAA financial assistance requested. No State plan is required.
Award Procedure
Upon program approval for development projects, applicant submits project application, SF 424, Part I (facesheet) and remaining parts of FAA Form 5100-100 to the appropriate FAA field office. Master, noise compatibility, and system planning grant applications are submitted to the FAA field offices and, upon approval, grant offers are made. Either the District or Regional Office prepares the agency's Grant Offer, FAA Form 5100-37, for planning and development projects for execution by the grant applicant.
October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 FAA Regional and District Offices may have supplemental local deadlines to facilitate orderly program implementation. Primary airport sponsors must notify FAA by May 2 of each fiscal year or another date specified by Federal Register notice of their intent to apply for funds to which they are entitled under Section 47102 of Title 49, United States Code. A reminder is normally published annually in the Federal Register. Other sponsors are encouraged to submit early in the fiscal year and to contact the appropriate FAA Regional or District Office for any supplemental local deadlines. Sponsors must formally accept grant offers no later than September 30 for grant funds appropriated in that fiscal year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. If the project is challenged on environmental grounds, approval may take longer.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Only those AIP supported projects considered by the FAA Administrator to be necessary to provide for a safe and efficient airport system and to meet the current and projected growth of civil aeronautics will be considered for selection. The airports at which AIP projects are proposed must be included in the National Plan of Integrated Airports Systems (NPIAS).
How may assistance be used?
Grants can be made for integrated airport system planning in a specific area and airport master planning, construction, or rehabilitation at a public-use airport or portion thereof. Authorizing legislation refers to an airport as any area of land or water used or intended to be used for the landing or taking off of aircraft and includes, within the five categories of airports listed below, special types of facilities such as seaplane bases and heliports. The statute further defines airports by categories which include: commercial service, primary, cargo service, reliever, and general aviation airports. They are defined in Chapter 4, Section 4.5 of the AIP Handbook (FAA Order 5100.38D.) The remaining airports, are referred to as general aviation, or GA, airports and are defined as public airports that are not commercial service airports. General aviation airports comprise the largest single group of airports in the U.S. airport system. Eligible work at airports consists of: (1) airport master plans; (2) airport noise compatibility plans; (3) land acquisition; (4) site preparation; (5) construction, alteration, and rehabilitation of runways, taxiways, aprons, and certain roads within airport boundaries; (6) construction and installation of airfield lighting, navigational aids, and certain related offsite work; (7) safety equipment required for certification of airport facility; (8) security equipment required of the sponsor by the Secretary of Transportation by rule or regulation for the safety and security of persons and property on the airport; (9) snow-removal equipment; (10) terminal development; (11) aviation-related weather reporting equipment; (12) equipment to measure runway surface friction; (13) firefighting burn area training structures and land for that purpose, on or off airport; (14) agency-approved noise compatibility projects; (15) relocation of air traffic control towers and navigational aids (including radar) if they impede other projects funded under AIP; (16) land, paving, drainage, aircraft deicing equipment and structures for centralized deicing areas; and (17) projects to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act. Under limited criteria, construction of aircraft hangars and automobile parking lots are eligible. Grants for hangars and parking facilities are available on a limited basis based on funding. Grants may not be made for buildings not related to the safety of persons on the airport, decorative landscaping or artwork, or routine maintenance and repair. Technical advisory services are also provided for on a project need basis.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Project performance monitoring is conducted through site visits and reports. Reports must be filed quarterly with the FAA District or Regional Office and as frequently as determined by the FAA based on project type.
Recipient sponsor's records are required to be made available for inspection by FAA, DOT, Office of the Inspector General, and/or the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
An airport layout plan must be kept up to date and available as long as the grant agreement lasts, ordinarily a period of 20 years. Accounting records reflecting all project costs, books, documents, and records pertinent to grants are to be retained for 3 years after date of submission of final expenditure report. Grant recipients shall submit periodic reports containing the following information: 1. The number of projects that have been put out to bid under the grant and the amount of Federal funds associated with each project. 2. The number of projects for which contracts have been awarded and the amount of Federal funds associated with each project. 3. The number of projects for which work has begun under such contracts and the amount of Federal funds associated with each contract. 4. The number of projects for which work has been completed under such contracts and the amount of Federal funds associated with each contract.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. The local match is between 5% and 25% and is determined by a variety of factors provided for by legislation. Select pilot studies under the program may have a local match of up to 50%.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects are expected to be completed as expeditiously as possible, but performance periods may vary. In many cases, the performance period is five years from grant award. Most airports complete projects within one to two years of grant award. Awarded by lump sum. Assistance is released upon application for reimbursement of expenses or by letter of credit.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Persons are encouraged to contact the Federal Aviation Administration Regional Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog. Headquarters Office: Federal Aviation Administration, Office of Airport Planning and Programming, Airports Financial Assistance Division, APP-500, 800 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20591. Telephone: (202) 267-3831. Web Site Address:
Headquarters Office
Kay Ryder, AIP Branch manager
FAA 800 Independence Av SW
Washington, DC 20591 USA
Phone: 202-267-8170
Fax: 202-267-5302

Patricia Dickerson, Financial Analyst
FAA 800 Independence Av SW
Washington, DC 20591 USA
Phone: 202-2678-9297
Fax: 202-267-5302
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$3,314,339,779.00; FY 19 est $3,451,289,997.00; FY 20 est $3,436,860,404.00; FY 17$3,332,799,409.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
FY 2018 AIP grant awards ranged from $1,100 to $45,000,000 with an average award of $1,200,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
1. Title 49, U.S.C., subtitle VII, as amended. 2. Davis-Bacon Act - 40 U.S.C. SS 3141 et seq. 3. Federal Fair Labor Standards Act - title 29 U.S.C., SS 201, et seq. 4. Hatch Act - 5 U.S.C. SS 1501, et seq.2 5. Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, title 42 U.S.C. 4601, et seq.1 2 6. National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 - Section 106 - title 16 U.S.C., 470(f).1 7. Archeological and Historic Preservation Act of 1974 - title 16 U.S.C., 469 through 469c.1 8. Native Americans Grave Repatriation Act - title 25 U.S.C., section 3001, et seq. 9. Clean Air Act, title 42 U.S.C., Chapter 85 P.L. 90-148, as amended. 10. Coastal Zone Management Act, title 16 U.S.C., SS 1451, et seq., P.L. 93-205, as amended. 11. Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 - Section 102(a) - title 42 U.S.C., SS 4012a.1 12. Title 49, U.S.C., section 303, (formerly known as section 4(f)) 13. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 - 29 U.S.C. SS 794. 14. Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 title 42 U.S.C. SS 2000d, et seq. (prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin); 15. Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended - title 42 U.S.C., SS 12101, et seq. (prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability). 16. Age Discrimination Act of 1975 - title 42 U.S.C., 1601, et seq. 17. American Indian Religious Freedom Act - title 42 U.S.C., SS 1996 P.L. 95-341, as amended. 18. Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 - title 42 U.S.C., SS 4151, et seq.1 19. Power plant and Industrial Fuel Use Act of 1978 - Section 403 title 42 U.S.C., SS 8301, et seq. 1 20. Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act - title 40 U.S.C., SS 327, et seq.1 21. Copeland Anti-kickback Act - title 18 U.S.C., SS 874.1 22. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 - title 42 U.S.C., SS 4321, et seq.1 23. Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, title 16 U.S.C., SS 1271 et seq., P.L. 90-542, as amended. 24. Single Audit Act of 1984 - title 31 U.S.C., 7501, et seq.2 25. Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 - title 41 U.S.C., SS 702 through 706. 26. The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, as amended (P.L. 109-282, as amended by section 6202 of P.L. 110-252). 27. Exec. Order No. 11246, 30 Fed. R. 12319 (Sept. 24, 1965) as amended. 28. Exec. Order No. 11990, 42 Fed. R. 26961 (May 24, 1977) as amended. 29. Exec. Order No. 11988, 42 Fed. R. 26951 (May 24, 1977) as amended by Exec. Order No. 12,148, 44 Fed. R. 43239 (July 20, 1979). Exec. Order No. 12,372, 47 Fed. R. 30959 (July 14, 1982). Exec. Order No. 12699, 55 Fed. R. 835 (January 5, 1990) as amended. 1 30. Exec. Order No. 12898, 59 Fed. R. 7629 (Feb. 11, 1994) as amended. 31. Title 2 CFR, part 180 - OMB Guidelines to Agencies on Government-wide Debarment and Suspension (Nonprocurement). 32. Title 2 CFR, part 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. [OMB Circular A-87 Cost Principles Applicable to Grants and Contracts with State and Local Governments, and OMB Circular A-133 - Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations].4' 5' 6 33. Title 2 CFR, part 1200 - Nonprocurement Suspension and Debarment. 34. Title 14 CFR, part 13 - Investigative and Enforcement Procedures. 35. A-133 A-87 - Cost Principles Applicable to Grants and Contracts with State and Local Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations. 36. Title 14 CFR, part 150 - Airport noise compatibility planning. 37. Title 28 CFR, part 35- Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services. 38. Title 28 CFR, SS 50.3 - U.S. Department of Justice Guidelines for Enforcement of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 39. Title 29 CFR, part 1 - Procedures for predetermination of wage rates.1 40. Title 29 CFR, part 3 - Contractors and subcontractors on public building or public work financed in whole or part by loans or grants from the United States. 1 41. Title 29 CFR, part 5 - Labor standards provisions applicable to contracts covering Federally financed and assisted construction (also labor standards provisions applicable to non-construction contracts subject to the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act).1 42. Title 41 CFR, part 60 - Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Equal Employment Opportunity, Department of Labor (Federal and Federally assisted contracting requirements).' 43. Title 49 CFR, part 18 - Uniform administrative requirements for grants and cooperative agreements to state and local governments.3 44. Title 49 CFR, part 20 - New restrictions on lobbying. 45. Title 49 CFR, part 21 - Nondiscrimination in Federally-assisted programs of the Department of Transportation - effectuation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. 46. Title 49 CFR, part 23 - Participation by Disadvantage Business Enterprise in Airport Concessions. 47. Title 49 CFR, part 24 - Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition for Federal and Federally Assisted Programs.1 2 48. Title 49 CFR, part 26 - Participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprises in Department of Transportation Programs. 49. Title 49 CFR, part 27 - Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs and Activities Receiving or Benefiting from Federal Financial Assistance.1 50. Title 49 CFR, part 28 - Enforcement of Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Handicap in Programs or Activities conducted by the Department of Transportation. 51. Title 49 CFR, part 30 - Denial of public works contracts to suppliers of goods and services of countries that deny procurement market access to U.S. contractors. 52. Title 49 CFR, part 32 - Government-wide Requirements for Drug-Free Workplace (Financial Assistance) 53. Title 49 CFR, part 37 - Transportation Services for Individuals with Disabilities (ADA). 54. Title 49 CFR, part 41 - Seismic safety of Federal and Federally assisted or regulated new building construction. FAA Order 5100.38D, the AIP Handbook, and Advisory Circulars in the 150/5100 series.
Examples of Funded Projects
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