How to Apply for a Grant


P.O. Box 1165 Fletcher

NC 28732

Western North Carolina Pilots Association


Educational Foundation




If you are interested in applying for an aviation grant from the Western North Carolina Pilots Association Educational Foundation (WNCPAEF), please consider the following information.


Who is Eligible: You must live in Western North Carolina and have a keen, if not proven, interest in aviation and show a financial need.


Programs and Requirements: The WNCPAEF is offering grants in three programs described below. These programs encompass a wide range of aviation opportunities and allow for a varying degree of aviation experience from applicants.


Program A - Pilot Certificate or Rating: You must show a serious pursuit of a pilot certificate or rating (e.g., recreational to airline transport certificate, instrument rating, etc.). If you are seeking your first certificate, you should have soloed or passed a written test toward that certification or rating.


Program B - Pilot Familiarization: For individuals who have little or no experience in aviation. Recipients of a Program B grant are required to pay for the first $500 of flight time themselves and the WNCPAEF will provide a grant for the next $500 of flight training.


Program C - Aviation Mechanic or Avionics Repairman Certificate: You must show progress towards satisfying the requirements of the certificate you seek.


To Apply: Submit a letter of application and two letters of reference (none from a family member) to the WNCPAEF Grant Coordinator. Additionally, for Program A, one reference must be from a certified flight instructor (CFI) familiar with your aviation interest and achievements. Your application letter should be a maximum of two pages, typed (not handwritten), and should include the following information in this order:


  • Date of Application

  • The program you are applying for (Program A, B, or C)

  • Name, postal address, contact phone number, and email address

  • Education and occupation

  • Aviation accomplishments (for Programs A and C only)

  • Your aviation objectives

  • A plan for completing those objectives

  • Degree of commitment to aviation in Western North Carolina

  • Community involvement

  • A brief explanation as to why financial assistance is needed

  • Any other information that might be of interest to the Selection Committee


 Email your application materials in PDF format to:

Andy Guenette – Grant Coordinator



Applications must be received on or before Friday, April 1, 2022.


Emailed applications should be in PDF format as a single document.
Note: A free pdf document merge app is available at this link:


You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your application materials.

You may be contacted for an interview.



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