Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)

The legislationprovides $25 billion for airports to address repair and maintenance backlogs, reduce congestion and emissions near ports and airports, and drive electrification and other low-carbon technologies.

For the most up-to-date information and news from FAA regarding the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), please visit the FAA's BIL page at: https://www.faa.gov/bil

The BIL is composed of two main programs: 

Airport Infrastructure Grants
–  annual formula allocations for airports
–  competitive funds for Federal Contract Towers
•  Airport Terminals Grants (competitive)
Click here for the March 2, 2022 ACIP and BIL Presentation.
Select a tab below to learn more about each program.

 

For FY22, $12.7 million has been made available to TN NPIAS airports. Amounts per airport are based on the NPIAS
classifications.  Amounts for each Tennessee GA airport can be found here.

  • AIG grants follow eligibility criteria for the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) program, which is slightly expanded from AIP eligibility.
  • AIG funds will be recalculated each year. AIG allocated funds may change from year-to-year based on an airport’s enplanements, cargo volume or the amount of development captured in the NPIAS for your airport classification.
  • An airport can save up BIL AIG allocated funds to combine into one grant.
  • All projects funded with AIG funds must be eligible and justified, using AIP and PFC criteria.
  • Be mindful that requests for AIP discretionary will be weighed against a sponsor’s use of AIG BIL funds in a given year
  • Before pursuing revenue-producing projects, consider if all airside needs on an airport have been met. If airside needs are not met, the airport should discuss with their Project Manager.
  • Projects will follow AIP contract and procurement rules and grant assurances
  • BIL funds can be used on additional phases of a current AIP funded project but will be under separate grant from TDOT.
  • AIG allocated funds have the same 90% Federal share as AIP grants.
  • Funds cannot be transfer to another airport
  • Design only grants must start construction phase within two years
  • Unobligated funds expire in 4 years
  • Cannot use to pay debit service
  • Cannot be used as local share of AIP project

BIL established the FAA Contract Tower Competitive Grant Program, which provides $20 million in grant funding annually for five years (FY2022-2026) to sustain, construct, repair, improve, rehabilitate, modernize, replace, or relocate nonapproach control towers; acquire and install air traffic control, communications, and related equipment to be used in those towers; and construct a remote tower certified by the FAA*. This program furthers the goal to mobilize American ingenuity to build modern infrastructure and an equitable, clean energy future.

*There are currently no remote towers certified by the FAA.

The FAA is looking to award projects that align with the President’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, promote energy efficiency, support fiscally responsible land use and transportation efficient design, support development compatible with the use of sustainable aviation fuels and technologies, increase climate resilience, incorporate sustainable pavement and construction materials as allowable, and reduce pollution.

Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) 

How to apply

The Fiscal Year 2022 application period is open until 5:00 PM ET on Monday, May 16, 2022.  Apply directly to FAA, follow NOFO instructions. Keep TAD informed of application. Include project in airport’s ACIP.

1. Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to learn about the program and the terms and conditions of the grant awards.

2. Ensure you’re registered with System for Award Management (SAM) and you have a unique entity identifier. You must continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information while the FAA is reviewing your application.

3. Complete and submit FAA Form 5100-144, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Airport Terminal and Tower Project Information, in its entirety including the tower only section. Instructions are included with the form.

4. The form must be submitted electronically. Save your work as you complete the application and save a copy to your files for future reference. Use the "Submit" button at the bottom of the form when complete and it will be automatically emailed to the FAA BIL team. You may also email the form manually to: 9-ARP-BILAirports@faa.gov.

5. Your complete, electronic application must be submitted by 5:00 PM ET on Monday, May 16, 2022.

NOTE: Airports that submitted projects under the FY 2022 Airport Terminal Program NOFO (87 FR 10890), that meet the eligibility requirements outlined in C.1., do not need to resubmit under this NOFO.

How will my application be evaluated?

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, Section E:

  • Must meet project eligibility requirements outlined under Section C.3 of the NOFO
  • Timeliness of implementation
  • Overall impact on the NAS including age of facility, operational constraints, nonstandard facilities conditions, or new federal contract tower entrant requirements
  • Advancement of aviation safety or enhancement of air traffic efficiency
  • Creation of good-paying jobs
  • Description of opportunities for all workers to be trained and placed in directly related, good-paying jobs

Applicants are encouraged to submit projects that meet as many of these criteria as possible, but do not need to meet all criteria to be considered. The FAA will also consider projects that advance the goals of the following Executive Orders:

Executive Order 13990, ‘‘Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis”
Executive Order 13985, ‘‘Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government”
Executive Order 14008, “Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad”
Executive Order 14036, “Promoting Competition in the American Economy”

100% Federal grants

Air Terminal Program (ATP) to replace aging terminals, increase terminal energy efficiency and accessibility, and more. BIL provides $5 billion to provide competitive grants for airport terminal development projects that address the aging infrastructure of the nation’s airports.

FY2023 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) posted.

How to apply

The application period for the second $1B (FY2023) is open from September 22 to 5:00 pm Eastern time, October 24, 2022Apply now!

1. Read the Notice of Funding Opportunity to learn about the program and the terms and conditions of the grant awards.

2. Ensure you’re registered with System for Award Management (SAM) and you have a unique entity identifier. You must continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information while the FAA is reviewing your application. 

3. Complete FAA Form 5100-144, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Airport Terminal and Tower Project Information. Instructions are included with the form. As part of your submission, you will need to prepare short summaries of your project and its program considerations and benefits. 

4. The form can be completed and submitted electronically. Save your work as you complete the application. Use the "Submit by Email" button at the bottom of the form when complete.

5. Your complete, electronic application must be submitted by 5:00 pm Eastern time, October 24, 2022.

Already applied and wondering what happens next? Click here for more information.

Keep TAD informed of application. Include Projects on ACIP.

Federal share for Grants for terminal development is 95% for non-primary airports.

Applications will be evaluated based on criteria found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, Section E. Projects for consideration should:

•    Increase capacity and passenger access

•    Replace aging infrastructure

•   Achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including expand accessibility for persons with disabilities

•   Improve airport access for historically disadvantaged populations 

•   Improve energy efficiency including upgrading environmental systems, upgrading plant facilities, and achieving Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation standards

•   Improve airfield safety through terminal relocation 

•   Encourage actual and potential competition 

•   Create good paying jobs