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Airport Infrastructure Renewal (AIR) Application

2019 Instructions and Application

Authorizing Legislation

Minn. Stat. 116J.439


The Airport Infrastructure Renewal (AIR) grant program is created to provide grants to counties, airport authorities, or cities to keep or enhance jobs in the area, increase the tax base, or expand or create new economic development.

Types of Funding Available

DEED provides funds as a grant.

Application Deadline

January 31, 2020

Funds Available

$700,000 in FY 2020. Projects must encumber funds by 6/30/20 and complete eligible work prior to June 30, 2021.

Maximum Award

A county, airport authority, or city may receive no more than $250,000 in two years for one or more projects.

Match Requirement

50 percent of the capital costs of the project from non-state sources.

Selection Criteria

The AIR Grant Program applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Eligibility (No points)
  2. Capital Investment and Economic Development (40 points)
    1. Private Capital Investment
    2. Non-State Capital Investment
    3. Increase in Tax Base
    4. Economic Development
  3. Full-time Job Creation or Retention (40 points)
    1. New or retained jobs by identified business (es) within 1 year
    2. New or retained jobs by unidentified and identified business (es) within 5 years
  4. Readiness (20 Points)
    1. Committed funding
    2. Project Identified in Airport Layout Plan (ALP)
    3. Environmental documentation is complete

Please note, an application must receive a minimum of 50 points in order to be eligible for funding.

The most competitive applications are those that can demonstrate within their request the following:

  • A strong, well-documented need and an effective solution. This would include documented financial costs, reasonable budgets, secured leverage resources;
  • How the proposal addresses the goal of the application;
  • Committed business(es) - a letter from business(es) documenting the number of full-time jobs created or being created and their salaries;
  • Project Readiness – the project will be able to start soon after AIR grant approval and completed by June 30, 2021;
  • Capacity - Evidence that the Eligible Applicant is able to perform and complete the tasks stated within the application.

DEED Disbursement Requirements

Grant payments will be processed on a reimbursement basis for completed work. When requesting payments, supporting documentation including invoices and proof of payment for completed work, including eligible match, must be included with each pay request in order for Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) to process payment request(s). Payments are made on a pro rata basis (with other sources) and will not be front loaded. Eligible Applicants can only request up to the percentage of funds that matches the percentage of AIR funding in the project. DEED will only reimburse for completed work that has been paid for by the grantee.

Time Table for Completion of Awards

Grant contracts must be executed by June 30, 2020. Projects should be completed within one year of execution of the funding agreement (June 30, 2021). If the project is not proceeding in a timely manner as outlined in the project schedule, DEED has the authority to cancel the award.

Application Requirements/Time Table

Please submit one original and one hard copy of the application to DEED. No emailed or faxed applications will be accepted.

October 16, 2019 Solicitation announcement distributed
October 16, 2019 - January 21, 2020 Applications prepared
November 14, 2019 Informational session
January 31, 2020 Applications due to DEED
March 6, 2020 Projects selected and approved

Program/Application Informational Session

An information session on the program and the application process will be held November 14, 2019, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Initiative Foundation, 405 First Street SE, Little Falls, MN.

If you cannot make that meeting, the presentation will be available after the meeting on the DEED website. Persons considering applying are encourage to call DEED staff discuss their application.

Reporting Requirements

DEED will provide each grantee with the necessary reporting documents. Reports must be provided to DEED upon request.

Application Submittal

2019 Application

Eligible applicants must submit one original and one copy of the application to be considered for --funding to the address listed below.

Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, 1st National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200, St. Paul, Minnesota 55101-1351, Attn: Jeremy LaCroix.

Applications must be received by DEED by 4:00 pm on January 31, 2020. No faxes or emails will be accepted.


Jeremy LaCroix

Pat Armon

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