The Dec. 15 deadline is approaching for Wolf Aviation Fund grant proposals. Each year the fund provides help for innovative projects that “promote and support general aviation.”
Projects must fit into the foundation’s seven major program areas, which are Developing Public Policy and Airports; Networking and Mutual Support; Development and Alternative Resources; Communications, Media, and Community Relations; General Aviation Technology, Safety, and Noise; Improving Public Understanding and Perception; and Aviation and Space Education.
More than 275 projects have been funded to date, many of which have led to the existence of new organizations or have supported projects which continue today, according to officials.
Some of the 30 projects funded in 2009 include:
- Development of a lightweight gondola for high altitude balloon research
- A school challenge program developing a new Light Sport Aircraft design
- A seed grant promoting the Swift Sustainable Aviation Fuel project
- -An aviation careers classroom designed by Catavia Kids for the NAS Wildwood Museum
- -The successful Youth Aviation Adventure program for development of a manual enabling programs at other airports
- A guidebook for those who enjoy combining flying with camping
- A development grant for the MOTOPOD ground transport concept for aircraft
- A seed grant to develop the Whispertrack aviation noise abatement procedure database and program
- To Challenge Air for Kids to develop its Fly Day programs for disabled and disadvantage children
- To the Build a Plane program to support its hosting of Teachers Day at AirVenture 2010
- Regional teachers’ workshops to spread aviation education across Alaska
- Flight and patient matching systems and related software for two charitable aviation groups.
Proposals often received partial support, because by providing partial funding as challenge grants the recipients then could use the recognition of a Wolf Aviation Fund grant to approach others and seek additional funding, fund officials said, adding this approach permits more projects to receive grants and has proven quite successful.
For more information: Wolf-Aviation.org