Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Discretionary Grants - American Cities Climate Challenge
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Airport Improvement Program (AIP) Discretionary Grants

Federal Agency


Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)


To support public agencies and private owners and entities for the planning and development of public-use airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS).

Applicant and/or Project Eligibility Requirements

Eligible projects includes preserving existing airport infrastructure in a safe and functional operational condition; bringing airport facilities into conformity with current federal safety standards; constructing, modifying, or expanding facilities as necessary to meet demonstrated aeronautical demand; enhancing environmental sustainability; and providing a balanced system of airports to meet the roles and functions necessary to support civil aeronautical demand.

Decarbonization Considerations

FAA is looking to award projects that align with the President's greenhouse gas reduction goals, promote energy efficiency, support fiscally responsible land use and efficient transportation design, support airport development compatible with the use of sustainable aviation fuels and technologies, increase climate resilience, incorporate sustainable pavement and construction materials as allowable, reduce pollution, and direct the benefits of these investments equitably. Specifically, FAA encourages applicants to consider how a proposed project directs benefits of investments in Voluntary Airport Low Emission (VALE) and Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) programs to disadvantaged communities and ensures meaningful public engagement.

Equity Considerations

See the "Equity Design Considerations for Federal Funding" for general considerations and additional sector-based resources:

Helpful Tips

This is for larger projects, as eligible projects must involve more than $25,000 in AIP funds. If you have an eligible project, contact the program to discuss how to move forward.

Other Notes


Deadline (Announced or Anticipated)

June 30, 2022 (Rolling)

Funding Available


Max Award Amount


Expected Allocations


Average Award (Estimated)


Matching Funds

5%-30% match required, depending on airport size and type of project

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