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2019 Aviation Outreach and Education Program

For Fiscal Year 2019 (beginning July 1, 2018), the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Aeronautics Division’s Aviation Outreach and Education program will be restructured to better promote, prioritize, and fund aviation outreach and education programs in Tennessee. The main aspect of the Aviation Outreach and Education program that will be restructured is the application process. Overall, the application process will be more competitive than it has in the past due to the limited amount of funds that are allocated to the Aviation Outreach and Education program every year. TAC has established a budget of $200,000 for fiscal year 2019.

Since the promotion of aviation in Tennessee is at the heart of the Aviation Outreach and Education program, a new application has been created to identify specifically how each aviation outreach and education program will influence others to pursue aviation education, careers, activities, and more in the state. The new application will require each applicant to describe in detail the type of program for which he or she is requesting funding along with the program’s targeted population, location, dates, and purpose. In addition, each applicant will be required to provide in detail how the program will promote aviation in the state, the goals and objectives of the program, and the aviation subject area or areas that will be addressed during the program. Another new aspect of the application process is that each applicant must use performance measures to determine whether the program is meeting its stated goals, objectives, and aviation impacts. Finally, applicants will be required to provide detailed justification of why he or she needs funding from the TDOT Aeronautics Division for the program.

Each applicant will be required to submit his or her application by the new deadline that has been established to enhance and better streamline the application process for the program. The following application submission date, application review date, and award date have been established for the Aviation Outreach and Education program:

Submission Cut Off Date
October 15, 2018

Review Date
December 15, 2018

Grant Award Date
January 15, 2019

To submit an application, please visit our TDOT Aeronautics Division website or the electronic application web page at https://www.tn.gov/tdot/aeronautics/aviation-outreach-education-program/aoep-application.html. If you have any questions about the application process or the program, please contact the Aviation Outreach and Education Program Coordinator, Evan Lester, at 615-361-8016 or at Evan.Lester@tn.gov.