By Tia Lynn Ivey
The City of Madison is applying for airport funding through the new CARES Act through the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), which has allotted nearly $3.5 million to Georgia’s 88 general aviation airports that are in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems.
According to City Manager David Nunn, Madison’s airport is eligible for $30,000 in funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
“The lion’s share of this money will go to the bigger airports in the state, but with our operation we can apply for $30,000,” explained Nunn. “This money would just be for operations. We don’t have salaries out there, but we have maintenance and upkeep and power bills that will easily exceed $30,000.”
The funds come at a 100 percent federal share with no local match required.
“It is always good to hear a little bit of good news,” said Madison Mayor Fred Perriman.
According to a press release from GDOT, Under the FAA’s State Block Grant Program, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) will administer the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding totaling $3,448,000 to Georgia’s 88 general aviation airports that are in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS)…CARES Act Funding Distribution was developed by the FAA based on a formula described in the Act. These amounts are set by the Act and cannot be amended. CARES Act funding will be provided at a 100 percent federal share, with no local match required.
The Department highly encourages airport sponsors to apply for funds that can be spent immediately to help minimize any adverse impact from the current public health emergency. CARES Act funding must follow the FAA’s Revenue Use Policy and can be used for payments such as employee payroll, airport utilities, service contracts, and supplies incurred beginning on January 20, 2020.”