The Fallon Municipal Airport has received a $30,000 grant to
help respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao announced
the award last week.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation
Administration will award $231,448,014 in airport aid to 30 airports in Nevada.
The Hawthorne and Lovelock airports each received a $20,000
grant. The Silver Springs Airport also received $30,000.
The funding is part of the Trump administration’s Coronavirus
Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Airport Grant Program,
an effort to provide relief to American families, workers, and businesses.
This act includes $10 billion in funds to be awarded as
economic relief to eligible U.S. airports affected by the prevention of,
preparation for and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city of Fallon said
it’s studying some of the requirements of the act and is waiting on further
The CARES Act provides funds to increase the federal share
to 100 percent for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and supplemental
discretionary grants already planned for fiscal year 2020. Under normal
circumstances, AIP grant recipients contribute a matching percentage of the
project costs. Providing this additional funding and eliminating the local
share will allow critical safety and capacity projects to continue as planned
regardless of airport sponsors’ current financial circumstances.
Additionally, the CARES Act provides new funds distributed
by various formulas for all airports that are part of the national airport
system. This includes all commercial service airports, all reliever airports
and some public-owned general aviation airports.
Primary commercial service airports, with more than 10,000
annual passenger boardings, will receive additional funds based on the number
of annual boardings, in a similar way to how they currently receive AIP
All commercial service airports will receive funds based on
the number of passengers that board aircraft there, the amount of debt an
airport has, and the amount of money the airport has in reserve.
General aviation airports will receive funds based on their
airport categories, such as National, Regional, Local, Basic and Unclassified.
The Department of Transportation said it will provide
additional guidance either this week or next.