Ohio's airport system consists of 151 public-use facilities (airports, heliports, seaplane landing areas) and is supported in part by the Office of Aviation's Airport Grant Program.
This program provides financial assistance for obstruction removal, pavement maintenance, airport lighting, navigational aids and pavement rehabilitation projects at publicly-owned, public use airports in Ohio.
Total available funding is approximately $6 million annually. The state share may not exceed 95% of eligible construction costs.
- All publicly-owned, public use airports in the State of Ohio that provide ODOT with the following standard assurances are eligible for this program:
- The applicant is not eligible to receive FAA Air Carrier Enplanement Funds or FAA Air Cargo Funds;
- The public shall be afforded use of the airport and its facilities as fully and equally as all other parties;
- The grant funds will be used for improvements on publicly owned property or on property for which an ODOT approved easement has been obtained; and
- The applicant agrees to maintain all airport-owned or controlled Part 77 surfaces free of obstructions that can by feasibly removed.
- Obstruction Removal – Tree and building removal, powerlines, grading, and ditch enclosure.
- Marking Rehabilitation – Runway, taxiway, and apron pavement markings.
- Lighting Rehabilitation – Runway, taxiway and apron lighting,
- Navigational-Aid Rehabilitation – Airport Beacon, Wind Indicators, REILS, PAPI, Approach Lighting Systems, and Automated Weather Observing Systems (AWOS).
- Pavement Rehabilitation – Rehabilitation of existing airport pavement including pavement resurfacing or reconstruction
The Office of Aviation sends a program announcement to potential applicants about March 15. The deadline for receiving applications is about May 1, and Notices of Project Approval are sent out approximately July 15.
Projects are given scores in the following categories:
- Effect on safety (for obstruction removal projects)
- Pavement condition (for pavement maintenance projects)
- Type of critical based aircraft
- Number of based aircraft
- Local economic conditions
- Applicant’s compliance with the airport’s pavement maintenance plan.
Direct Grant Application
The Direct Grant Application provides financial assistance to publicly owned airports in the state that do not receive FAA passenger or air cargo entitlements. Grants may be used for airport obstruction removal, pavement marking, lighting rehabilitation, and pavement rehabilitation or resurfacing. ODOT will provide up to 95% of eligible costs for construction, and engineering services. Funding available in fiscal year 2021 will be approximately $6.5 million. The application cycle is annual.
Matching Grant Application
General Aviation Airports
This program pays 5% of the non-federal share of all FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funded projects at publicly owned airports in the state that do not receive FAA passenger or air cargo entitlements. Final cost breakout for eligible projects is 90% FAA, 5% State and 5% local. The application process, described below, is tied to the FAA AIP grant process.
Commercial Service Airports
This program pays 5% up to the funding cap of the non-federal share of FAA Airport Improvement Program (AIP) projects at publicly owned commercial service airports in the state. Final cost breakout for eligible projects is 90% FAA, 5% state up to the funding cap with the remainder being locally funded. The application process, described below, is tied to the FAA AIP grant process.