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Airport Improvement Program (AIP)

General Grant Program Information

The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides grants to public agencies as well as some private airport owners and operators for the planning and development of public-use airports and rural, “nonprimary” airports that are included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS)

Opportunity Status:
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Eligible Applicants:
State Governments; Local Governments; Federally Recognized Tribes and Affiliated Groups; Transportation Providers and Operators; Private-Sector Applicants
Eligible Activities:
Planning; Construction; Equipment and Materials; Climate and Sustainability; Accessibility; Security
Transportation Type:
Most Recent Annual Program Funding Amount:
Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:
Match Waiver:
Rural Set-Aside:
Tribal Set-Aside:
Grant Opportunity ID:
USDOT / Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Eligibility Information

Eligible projects include planning and capital projects such as runways, taxiways, airport signage, airport lighting, and airport markings, and those improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, and civil rights compliance.

Funding Information

Funding may be used to address environmental priorities such as greenhouse gas and pollution reduction, energy efficient design, fiscally responsible land use, sustainable aviation fuels/technologies projects, and projects increasing climate resilience and those incorporating sustainable pavement and construction materials, as allowable. Funding may also be used for rehabilitation projects and, in some specific situations, for terminals, hangars, and nonaviation development.

Please see the AIP Handbook for more information.

The AIP provides more than $3.35 billion annually to more than 3,300 eligible airports. 

More than 50 percent of AIP funding must go to small hub and non-hub airports and airports eligible for non-primary entitlements (more likely to be rural).

Federal cost-sharing ranges from 70 percent to 95 percent. 

Contact Information

Please contact your Regional Office or Airports District Office.

The Dashboard provides users with a high-level overview of relevant Federal discretionary grant programs. The information in the Dashboard is maintained as a secondary resource and may not be updated with the most recent changes to each program's primary guidance materials. Accordingly, please refer to the Federal grant-making agency for the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on a grant opportunity in the Dashboard.

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