May 1, 2014
By AOPA Communications staff
May 1, 2014
Contact: Steve Hedges
FREDERICK, Md. – The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Foundation today opened the application period for its annual “Giving Back” Grant program, which awards 10 grants worth $10,000 each to non-profit 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, 2014.
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: Giving Back Grants
The grants are available only to 501(c)(3) organizations, and not to individuals.
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. 2013 Grant Recipients
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 AOPA 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.
For more information on the AOPA Foundation, please visit: www.AOPAFoundation.org.
Since 1939, AOPA has protected the freedom to fly for thousands of pilots, aircraft owners and aviation enthusiasts. AOPA is the world’s largest aviation member association, with representatives based in Frederick, Md., 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. To learn more, visit www.aopa.org.
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