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Giving Back Grant Requirements

The AOPA Foundation will again award 10 grants of $10,000 to nonprofits doing charitable work through general aviation. This year the application process has changed.

Applicants must first submit a Letter of Intent. Foundation staff will review the letters and ask a select number of organizations to submit a full grant proposal.

The Letter of Intent deadline has been extended!! LOI's are now due by 5pm EDT on June 19, 2015

  • If your nonprofit is selected to submit a full grant proposal you will be notified the week of June 22.
  • If you do not hear from Foundation staff that week, your proposal was not accepted.

Before submitting a Letter of Intent, please read through the eligibility requirements and Frequently Asked Questions below.

If you have any questions, you can send them to Grants@AOPA.org or you can call 301-695-2037.

To see the requirements for the Letter of Intent, CLICK HERE.

The 2015 grant application process will open May 1, 2015.
The Letter of Intent deadline has been extended to Friday, June 19, 2015.

Before submitting a Letter of Intent, please review the eligibility requirements:

Applying organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Applying organizations must have a current IRS Form 990.
The applicant must be an organization doing good work through general aviation.

  The AOPA Foundation cannot fund:

  • Individuals
  • Sponsorships
  • Scholarships for flight training
  • Events
  • Aviation Academies
  • Governmental Units
  • Religious Organizations
  • Organizations located outside of the U.S.
  • Scholarships for classes/training/college courses
  • Airport Commissions

Letters of Intent will be accepted only via email at Grants@AOPA.org. Mailed submissions cannot be accepted. Letters should be submitted in WORD or .PDF format.

Deadline Extended!!! Letters of Intent are now due by 5pm EDT on June 19, 2015.
Late or incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

To see the requirements for the Letter of Intent CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions, you can send them to Grants@AOPA.org or you can call 301-695-2037.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can my organization apply for funds from the AOPA Foundation’s Giving Back Program? We post the guidelines for each grant cycle at the beginning of May each year. Please check our website at that time.

I don’t see the grant application posted on your website. Why not?
For 2015 the AOPA Foundation has changed the way that requests for funds will be submitted and reviewed. A full grant proposal is no longer required as the first step in applying for funds. The first step is now submission of a Letter of Intent. Complete instructions for submitting the Letter of Intent are provided on our website.

How do I know if my agency/organization is eligible for grant funds through the Giving Back Program? Grants will be awarded to nonprofit organizations doing good work through general aviation that reflect the mission and efforts of the AOPA Foundation.

The Foundation cannot fund:

Individuals
Scholarships for flight training
Aviation Academies
Airport Commissions
Events
Sponsorships
Governmental Units
Religious Organizations
Organizations located outside of the U.S.
Scholarships for classes/training/college courses

If you have questions about your organization’s eligibility, please call 301-695-2037 or send an email to Grants@AOPA.org

Can an individual apply for grant funds? No. Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations may apply for funding.

Can I request funding for an annual event? Can the funds be used to underwrite an event? Can the funds be used as sponsorship money? No, the Giving Back program is not intended to provide sponsorship or event support.

Can the funds be used for flight training? No, the funds are not intended to cover flight training expenses for an individual.

My organization awards scholarships. Can we use the funds for scholarships? No, the grant funds are not intended to be used for scholarships or to be used to benefit an individual.

Can I apply if my organization has applied for nonprofit status but hasn’t yet received our exemption letter from the IRS? No, the AOPA Foundation cannot accept proposals from organizations that have applications “in process”.

My organization can accept tax-deductible contributions but we do not have 501(c)(3) status. Are we eligible to apply? No.

Do the funds have to be used for a specific program or project? Funding requests can be for specific programs or projects or they can be for operating costs. Funding provided by the AOPA Foundation will be for one year only and there will be no commitment to further funding.

What are the goals and mission of the AOPA Foundation? The AOPA Foundation’s mission is: “The AOPA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, works to improve aviation safety, preserve community airports, and encourage learning to fly for career and personal benefit – all in the interest of ensuring the future of general aviation in the United States.”

The AOPA Foundation works to keep general aviation strong and preserve our freedom to fly by focusing our efforts in the following areas:

  • Aviation education and safety 
  • Airport preservation 
  • Increasing the pilot population 
  • Enhancing the image of general aviation. It is through this initiative that we are spotlighting the good work being done through GA.    

How many grants will be awarded in 2015? The AOPA Foundation will award 10 grants of up to $10,000 each to aviation-related nonprofits. Grant requests are limited to no more $10,000.

When will the AOPA Foundation announce the winners? Grant recipients will be notified in September 2015.

If my organization receives funds thru the Giving Back Program are there any additional requirements? Yes, all grant recipients are required to submit a progress report at the end of the grant year and all grant recipients are required to communicate about their AOPA Foundation grant award in their news releases, newsletters, annual reports and on their web sites. AOPA will also utilize its wide-reaching communication network to publicize the good work these aviation nonprofits are doing.

Who were the 2014 grant recipients?

Air Serv International
Warrenton, VA

Aviation Adventures
Tavernier, FL

CAVU
Universal City, TX

Civil Air Patrol New York City Group
Bellmore, NY

Great Eastern Balloon Association
Forked River, NJ

Operation Migration
Niagara Falls, NY

Patient AirLift Services (PALS)
Farmingdale, NY

SCAPA Disaster Airlift Response Team
San Martin, CA

TigerFlight Foundation
Rome, GA

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
Englewood, CO

What if I have questions about the Letter of Intent, the grant process or the application? If you have questions we would be glad to answer them! Please don’t hesitate to send an email to Grants@AOPA.org or to call 301-695-2037.

Ready to submit a Letter of Intent?

Click here to download the requirements for the Letter of Intent.

If you experience any problems downloading the document, send an email to Grants@AOPA.org.

Deadline extended!!! Letters of Intent are now due by 5pm EDT on Friday, June 19, 2015.

2014 Giving Back Grant Recipients

  • Air Serv International, Warrenton, VA
  • Aviation Adventures, Tavernier, FL
  • CAVU, Universal City, TX
  • Civil Air Patrol New York City Group, Bellmore, NY
  • Great Eastern Balloon Association, Forked River, NJ
  • Operation Migration, Niagara Falls, NY
  • Patient AirLift Services (PALS), Farmingdale, NY
  • SCAPA Disaster Airlift Response Team, San Martin, CA
  • TigerFlight Foundation, Rome, GA
  • Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, Englewood, CO

2013 Giving Back Grant Recipients

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