The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) Aeronautics Board approved approximately $575,000 in grants and loans to be awarded in support of various large and small airport projects throughout Montana during fiscal year 2019
The requests were for a variety of improvement projects that focused on lighting enhancements, runway, taxiway and apron reconstruction projects. Funding for this program is provided by a $0.02 / gallon tax on fuel sold to general aviation aircraft in Montana. Most of the money awarded in grants and loans each year goes to leverage 90/10 Federal (FAA) match dollars for large airport construction projects. Any public airport is eligible to apply for assistance through the loan and grant program. Funds can be used for a wide variety of airport and aviation related projects.
Applications for the funding are due to the MDT, Aeronautics Division on November 15th of each year, and the funding is typically awarded in January of the following year. Although the money is awarded in January, the funds are not available until the beginning of the new fiscal year following July 1st. During their meeting, the Montana Aeronautics Board reviews the applications and hears public comment before making their final award determinations.
For more information regarding the program, please contact Wade Cebulski, MDT Aeronautics Division, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 444-9581.
The projects funded for FY 2019 are as follows:
AIRPORT GRANT AMOUNT LOAN AMOUNT
Cut Bank – PVMT Rehab $22,750 $37,538
Ennis – PVMT Rehab $30,988 $0
Hamilton – PVMT Rehab/Beacon $35,877 $0
Havre – PVMT Rehab $35,175 $82,913
Laurel – Const RWY $20,289 $0
Lewistown – PVMT Rehab $38,777 $77,818
Scobey – PVMT Rehab/Lighting $60,000 $100,000
Twin Bridges – PVMT Rehab/Lighting $28,210 $
Wolf Point – Lighting $3,463 $1,731
TOTALS $ 275,529 $ 300,000
Large Commercial Service Airport Pavement Preservation Program
AIRPORT GRANT AMOUNT
Great Falls $12,857