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New Hampshire Airport Improvement and Maintenance Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Purpose of NH AIM Program

The public-use airports in New Hampshire provide the state's citizens and visitors with an economic and reliable method of transporting goods and people within the state as well as throughout the nation and the world. The New Hampshire Airport Improvement and Maintenance Program supports the state's goals of preserving and enhancing the state's aviation system by providing funding assistance to eligible airports for airport projects that focus on state objectives of airport safety, airspace access, economic development, and airport capacity.

2. Eligible Airports

All public-use airports in New Hampshire regardless of ownership may apply for NH Airport Improvement and Maintenance Program grants.

3. Eligible Projects

Eligible projects are listed here. Other eligible project costs may include, but are not limited to: professional services, project bid advertisements, related legal services, documented supplies, and permitting application fees so long as they are reasonable, justified, and appropriate. Other projects or their components not already listed may be evaluated by NHDOT/BOA on a case-by-case basis.

4. Project Forms

The eligible airports must use the following forms for submission of project information to the Bureau:

Instructions for these forms are printed on the forms. Please fill out each form (fill it out in MS Word then print or print and fill it out by hand) with the requested information, sign and date the form where indicated, and submit the signed form and attachments (as needed) to the Bureau at:

NHDOT/Bureau of Aeronautics
Attn: Carol Niewola
7 Hazen Drive
P.O. Box 483
Concord, NH 03302-0483

5. Ineligible Projects

Ineligible project items include, but are not limited to: improvements to property or facilities not under the perpetual control of the airport sponsor, excessive spare parts, landscaping, and routine and low-cost maintenance work (e.g., weed spraying, snowplowing, utility bills, etc.).

6. Project Funding Shares

The NHDOT/BOA will participate in funding up to 80% of eligible project costs. Determination of the funding shares will be made at the project scoping meeting. NH Aim Program funds cannot be used as any share of FAA's Airport Improvement Program projects. The airport sponsor or other non-NHDOT funding source must contribute the remaining project costs. If the non-NHDOT funding is not forthcoming, the project will not be funded.

7. Source of State Share of NH AIM Program

The funds collected by the state from New Hampshire airway tolls (a.k.a., aviation fuel taxes) via NH RSA 422:34 are used to fund the state share of NH AIM Program. The amount of airway tolls collected annually fluctuates with the quantity of aviation fuel sold in NH. Historically, NH's airway tolls collected has ranged from approximately $189,000/year to $337,000/years over the last 20 years. In state fiscal year 2018, approximately $251,000 in airway tolls were collected in NH.

8. Granting Schedule

NHDOT/BOA will advertise a solicitation annually for pre-applications from eligible airports for projects proposed to be funded through the New Hampshire AIM Program. The following are the deadlines for this program's various submissions for the first year of the program (dates may change for subsequent years but airport sponsors will be notified in advance of any changes):

  • January 31, 2019: pre-application submission to the Bureau
  • June 1, 2019 grant application submission based on negotiated fees, quotes, or bids to the Bureau
  • June 30, 2019: initiate distribution of grant offers to airport sponsors
  • September 15, 2019: Bureau to issue notice to proceed following Governor & Council review and approval of grant offers

Only eligible project work tasks necessary to obtain negotiated, quoted, or bid value are allowed prior to grant issuance; all other work tasks must wait until the grant offer has been approved by New Hampshire's Governor & Council.

9. Project Contracts

Airport sponsors will utilize their own contracts for eligible project goods and services. These contracts must include an insurance requirement based on a sliding scale of the value of the anticipated project.

10. Program Requirements

  • Eligible airport sponsors will complete a pre-application form supplied by the Bureau.
  • The Bureau will prioritize proposed projects based on project ranking and anticipated funding availability.
  • The Bureau will present the list of projects recommended for funding to the New Hampshire Aviation Users Advisory Board (AUAB) for review and comment
  • The Bureau will notify the successful applicants in writing of the intent to award funding assistance for the selected project(s).
  • The Bureau will schedule a scoping meeting to determine project eligibility requirements, work tasks, probability for funding, and preliminary project schedule.
  • These applicants will proceed with the preliminary project tasks to obtain negotiated fee proposals, quotes, or construction bids then submit a grant application on form(s) supplied by the Bureau.
  • The Bureau will issue a grant offer, pending funding availability to the selected applicants.
  • The terms of this grant offer are non-negotiable.
  • The grant offer terms require the airport sponsor to carry a policy during for comprehensive general liability insurance coverage the life of the project in the following amounts (amounts are subject to change):
    • $50,000 coverage per occurrence and in the aggregate for projects with a maximum value of $50,000
    • $100,000 coverage per occurrence and in the aggregate for projects with a maximum value of $100,000
    • $1,000,000 coverage per occurrence and $2,000,000 in the aggregate for projects with maximum project value of $100,001 and greater
  • The grant offer terms include a minimum usable life for each project as follows:
    • 2 years: all turf repairs
    • 3 years: all pavement maintenance projects
    • 10 years: all snow-removal and mowing equipment
    • 20 years: all new pavement and pavement rehabilitation projects and all lighting projects
    • 40 years: all building projects
    • For the life of the airport: all property acquisitions and obstruction removals
  • The Bureau will notify the successful applicants of the outcome of Governor & Council's review of their project(s), and if approved, the Bureau will issue a Notice to Proceed to the airport sponsor in writing.
  • The airport sponsor must submit a request for partial grant reimbursements at least once every 12 months until the project is closed out.
  • The airport sponsor is may need to hire specialist(s) to assist with their project design or implementation. The Bureau will determine at the scoping meeting the eligibility and scope of these efforts.
  • The Bureau must participate in a final inspection meeting at the airport to observe the deliverable(s) of the project(s) to ensure the objective of the project(s) has been met.

Note: The grant offer terms include a provision to repay the Bureau the prorated share remaining on the usable life of funded improvements if the airport ceases to be a public-use airport during the minimum usable life of the project. Additionally, the airport sponsor will have up to 36 months to complete their project(s) following the date of New Hampshire Governor & Council approval of the grant offer. Typical Grant Agreement terms document - PENDING

11. Program Contacts

Please contact Carol Niewola, Senior Aviation Planner at NHDOT/BOA for assistance with this grant program at 603-271-1675 or

New Hampshire Department of Transportation
PO Box 483 | 7 Hazen Drive | Concord, NH | 03302-0483
Tel: 603.271-3734 | Fax: 603.271.3914

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