AOPA Foundation Launches “Giving Back” Grants to Support General Aviation

May 10, 2013

Frederick, MD -- The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation has established a new grant program for non-profit organizations doing charitable work through general aviation.

Grants of up to $10,000 will be made to non-profits to fund work for one year starting October 2013. Only organizations with 501(c)(3) tax status are eligible for the grants. Grants will be awarded in September and a formal announcement recognizing grantees will be made during the 2013 AOPA Aviation Summit, Oct. 10-12 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The AOPA Foundation, the charitable arm of the Airport Owners and Pilots Association, raises funds independently through donations aimed at preserving the freedom to fly. Donations support the Foundation’s work to improve aviation safety, preserve community airports and encourage learning to fly for career and personal benefit – all to ensure the future of general aviation.

Grant recipients will be expected to publicize the work funded by their AOPA Foundation grant through press releases, newsletters and articles, annual reports and on organization websites. The AOPA Foundation will also utilize its communications network to raise awareness for the work of its grantees.
Grant applications are available at www.aopa.org/foundation/gbp . Applications will be accepted until July 1, 2013.

To learn more, or to make a donation to the AOPA “Giving Back” program, visit www.aopafoundation.org.
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. With a membership base of nearly 400,000, AOPA is the largest aviation association in the world. With representatives based in Frederick, M.D., Washington, D.C., and seven regions across the United States, AOPA provides member services that range from advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels to legal services, flight planning products, safety programs and award-winning media products.

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