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May 1, 2014
By AOPA Communications staff
The AOPA Foundation on May 1 opened the application period for its annual Giving Back grant program, which awards 10 grants worth $10,000 each to nonprofit aviation organizations.
Grants will be awarded to organizations doing good work through general aviation that reflect the mission and effort of the AOPA Foundation. Grant applications will be accepted until July 11 and grant awards will be announced in September.
Recipient organizations will also be recognized at a ceremony at the AOPA Homecoming Fly-In in Frederick, Md., on Oct. 4.
Grant requests may be for specific programs or projects, or they can be used for operating costs. Funding provided by the AOPA Foundation will be for one year. Giving Back grant applications may be downloaded from the AOPA Foundation website.
The grants are available only to 501(c)(3) organizations, and not to individuals.
The AOPA Foundation’s Giving Back program began in 2013. Grants were awarded to public benefit flying organizations, educational institutes that included aviation in their curriculum, and several youth aviation groups.
The AOPA Foundation Inc., a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt charitable, educational, and scientific organization, educates the public on the value of general aviation. The foundation’s mission is to improve aviation safety through the Air Safety Institute, preserve community airports, and encourage learning to fly for career and personal benefit—all in the interest of ensuring the future of general aviation in America. AOPA membership dues alone cannot support these important initiatives, and so donations to the AOPA Foundation play a critical role in helping take on GA’s most challenging issues.
Public Benefit Flying,
Safety and Education
You and your fellow flying club members are trained to handle in-flight emergencies, but are you prepared to endure a forced landing? Of the millions of GA flights every year, only a few end with unplanned off-airport landings. Even though the odds of a crash are slim, the potential consequences are harsh—which is why you should prepare and take basic precautions. To help, the AOPA Air Safety Institute (ASI) offers a video, publication, seminar, and web page of resources dedicated to this topic.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
In a friendly challenge between AOPA Foundation Executive Director Jim Minow and AOPA President Mark Baker, general aviation will ultimately be the winner.
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