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Grants Program

Offering aviation-related grant funding to organizations around the globe that advance commercial aviation.

The ISTAT Foundation Grants Program is actively engaged in awarding aviation-related grant funding to nongovernmental, not-for-profit organizations around the globe that advance commercial aviation.  The Grants Program is administered by the Grants Committee of the ISTAT Foundation Board of Trustees. The Grants Committee will accomplish this mission by providing funds to: 

  • Organizations worldwide that aid in the promotion of the aviation industry;
  • Educational platforms such as (but not limited to) museums, summer camps, workshops and other programs dedicated to increasing knowledge about the aviation industry; and 
  • Programs aimed at introducing the aviation industry to diverse groups of men and women internationally. 

Humanitarian-related grant requests should be directed to our Humanitarian Program.


The Grants Committee is no longer accepting applications for 2021.

Core Criteria: 

  • The Organization must be established and registered as a nongovernmental, not-for-profit entity in home country. 
  • The Organization focus must be aviation-related and classify as one of the following:
    • Museums
    • Educational Institutions/Universities
    • Industry or Student Associations and Societies
    • Youth Organizations 
  • We do not fund capital infrastructure, for-profit projects, religious or political activities. 

Applications that do not meet the core criteria will not be progressed.

Other Considerations: 

  • This year, the Grants Committee will prioritize programs or projects with an international focus and/or themes related to aviation & sustainability. 
  • Organizations can only submit one application per year.  Prior year applicants are able to apply in subsequent years. 
  • Umbrella organizations can only apply for a grant if the proposed program or project is implemented by the umbrella organization itself. 
  • As a point of reference, in 2020, the average grant was valued at US$7,000.  
  • Application materials must be submitted in English.

The deadline to submit applications was Monday, 3 May 2021. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application no later than Wednesday, 30 June 2021.

For more information on the ISTAT Foundation Grants Program, please conact ISTAT Foundation Headquarters.


Congratulations to the 2021 ISTAT Foundation Grant Recipients

In 2021, with the help of $105,000 from the Grants Program, 14 aviation-focused organizations were able to deliver on their missions and strengthen their futures through inspiration and education. The following organizations were awarded grants:

View the 2020 ISTAT Foundation Grant Recipients.




Grants Program Committee

The 2021 ISTAT Foundation Grants Committee is comprised of Sigthor Einarsson - Chair, Ulf Liljenberg, Mark Ray, Tracey Renfro, Michael Sotir, Jean Stein, and Eddo Weijer.