|The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced approximately $2 billion available in grants for airports under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act, 2021 (CRRSA). The (CRRSAA) (Public Law 116-260) (PDF), signed into law on December 27, 2020, includes funds to be awarded as economic relief to eligible U.S. airports and eligible concessions at those airports to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. To distribute these funds, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has established the Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program (ACRGP). The FAA will make grants to all airports that are part of the national airport system, including all commercial service airports, all reliever airports, and some public-owned general aviation airports. These funds will provide economic relief to airports around the country affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds are coming directly from the U.S. Treasury’s General Fund to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. FAA’s Office of Airports will administer these grant funds to airport sponsors.
Wickenburg Municipal Airport has been awarded $9,000 through the CRRSA funding source. Matching funds are not required. Period of performance: Four years from acceptance date. Reporting due annually. FAA will reimburse sponsors for operational expenses directly related to the airport incurred on or after January 20, 2020. Operational expenses are those expenses necessary to operate, maintain, and manage an airport. They include expenses such as payroll, utilities, service contracts, and items generally having a limited useful life, including personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. FAA will reimburse sponsors for debt service payments directly related to the airport that are due on or after December 27, 2020, which is the date of enactment of CRRSA. FAA will reimburse sponsors for monthly payments into a debt service reserve fund (also called a debt service sinking fund or similar name), which are directly related to the airport, that are due on or after December 27, 2020, which is the date of enactment of CRRSA. Any development-related costs must be associated with combating the spread of pathogens at the airport.
Examples of eligible development would be replacing or upgrading a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system; reconfiguring the terminal to accommodate increased social distancing; or reconfiguring terminal space or other facilities to accommodate health screening. Airport Coronavirus Response Grant Program funds are available to reimburse the costs associated with aeronautical products or services offered by the airport sponsor but only when the sponsor certifies it is the only provider of the same product or service at the airport. These services include aviation fuels, equipment, parts, supplies, and facilities for aircraft storage or maintenance.