Discretionary Aviation Grant Program
Since legislation in 1991 channeled aviation fuel taxes to "aviation purposes", the CDOT - Division of Aeronautics has reimbursed 65% of those taxes back into the airports - of - origin in the form of regular entitlement funds. At the same time, the Colorado Aeronautical Board began conducting the Colorado Discretionary Grant Program, utilizing the remaining 35% of tax revenues to serve the maintenance, capital equipment, and developmental needs of Colorado’s 79 public-use airports.
In June of 2003, new legislation was signed into law by Governor Bill Owens. Senate Bill 49 continuously appropriates fuel tax dollars into the Colorado Aviation Fund. This legislation gives the Colorado Aeronautical Board increased flexibility when dispursing discretionary grant dollars into the Colorado Airport System.
The Division of Aeronautics is continually accepting applications for Aviation Education Grants. Below you will find a download link for the Aviation Education Grant guidelines. Applications are due each calendar year, no later than July 15th. Submitted applications are considered by the Aeronautical Board at the August or September Board meetings. If you plan to submit a request for an education grant, please refer to the guidelines document. The guidelines document outlines the criteria that the Board will use to evaluate the submitted Aviation Grants.
DOWNLOAD: Aviation Education Grant Guidelines (PDF, 71 KB)
All education requests compete for a limited allocation of aviation funds. All submittals must be completed in our "WIMS" system. If you do not have an account then please contact our office at 303 512-5250 and you will be set up with a discrete account.
The staff will initially evaluate your request using the attached criteria. We will discuss your request with you and tell you if we will recommend it to the Aeronautical Board for approval. The staff does not make the decision so even if your request is not recommended for approval, the Board will review it and you will have the opportunity to go before the Colorado Aeronautical Board.