On December 29, 2022, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for approximately $268,728,965 of Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 supplemental Airport Improvement Program (AIP) discretionary funding. The additional supplemental AIP funding opportunity is available for all AIP-eligible projects, including projects supporting the Airports Climate Challenge, at all AIP-eligible airports. In addition, the funding announcement includes at least $25,000,000 to be made available for Voluntary Airport Low Emissions (VALE) projects and Zero-Emissions Vehicles (ZEV) projects.

Airport sponsors that wish to be considered for FY 2022 supplemental discretionary funding must submit an application no later than 5 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 (the NOFO describes the application process). All projects should be ready to begin by/on June 30, 2024. Under this announcement, the FAA would cover 70% to 95% of eligible costs, depending on the airport size and type of project. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Improvements related to enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, environmental sustainability, planning, or any combination of the above, including terminal development
  • Planning for the feasibility of and options for unleaded aviation fuel infrastructure, and to relocate and/or construct run-up locations to reduce community exposure to emissions associated with leaded aviation fuel
  • Noise planning and noise mitigation
  • Other emission reduction projects

Funding is available for eligible projects at airports of all sizes, and at least 50% of the funds are to be dedicated to non-hub, small hub, reliever, and non-primary airports. The remaining 50% of funds would be to support projects at medium hub and large hub airports.

ESA Airport’s group is experienced in assisting clients in making their environmental and noise projects come to fruition—and we have the tools and staff resources to help you meet the FAA’s deadline for the NOFO. If you have any questions about these opportunities or how ESA can help with attaining this funding for your project, please reach out to Neal Wolfe and Justin Cook.