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How to Apply for a Grant


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 have 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 that have little or no experience in aviation. Recipients of a Program B award will receive a grant of $500 as reimbursement for initial flight training lessons.


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


Grant Application Instructions

Read Carefully before starting


Grant applications are to be submitted online only and must be completed by Monday, April 1, 2024 at 11:59pm. This Application Process requires you to be logged into a google account. Grant applications sent via email or USPS will not be accepted. Click the online application link below and follow the instructions.

Note: All applicants are required to submit two letters of reference (none from a family member). For program 'A' applicants, one reference letter must be from a certified flight instructor (CFI) familiar with your aviation interests and achievements. 

You will have the ability to upload this supporting documentation (in PDF format only) during the application process. Have all of your supporting documentation ready for upload prior to starting the application process.  This documentation can include a cover letter and letters of recommendation.  


Applications can only be submitted once. Please ensure all of your information and PDFs are accessible by your computer or device prior to starting your application. You may be contacted for an interview. 




If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Grant Coordinator at: 

Andy Guenette – Grant Coordinator

Tel: 828-301-8253

NoteApplications to be filed online only.  Emailed applications will not be accepted

Grant Application Process for 2024  is closed 


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