The FAA is accepting applications for its next round of aviation workforce development grants that are awarded to programs that develop a diverse pool of pilots, aviation maintenance technicians, and other professionals. In January, the agency announced the initial grant awards totaling $10 million to 30 schools and organizations.
“The FAA is investing in the future aviation workforce,” the agency said “We are providing grants to academia and the aviation community to help prepare a more inclusive talent pool of pilots and aviation maintenance technicians, to inspire and recruit the next generation of aviation professionals.”
Its grants program was established through the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, providing up to $25 million a year through the Fiscal Year 2023. In the next tranche of awards, the FAA has $10 million available for grants ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 each.
Two notices of funding opportunities have been released for the aviation workforce development awards: one offering a total of $5 million for programs focused on the development of pilots, aerospace engineers, or unmanned aircraft systems operators, and another offering $5 million for aviation maintenance technician programs. Deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. June 10.