Each year the Wolf Aviation Fund provides grants for a number of individuals and organizations doing great work in general aviation. The fund has made more than 330 awards,which have allowed worthy recipients the funding and recognition for their ideas.
The deadline to apply for grants in 2013 is Dec. 15. The fund seeks applications in seven major program areas: Developing Public Policy and Airports; Networking and Mutual Support; Development and Alternative Resources; Communications, Media, and Community Relations; General Aviation Technology, Safety, and Noise; Improving Public Understanding and Perception; and Aviation and Space Education.
Past winners include:
- Doug Stewart of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), Inc., who received a grant to form a new Aviation Educator Hall of Fame to recognize those having made significant contributions to aviation education;
- The Atlantic Aviators Chapter of Women in Aviation International, which is building a custom-designed, aviation-themed playground at New Bedford Regional Airport in Massachusetts.
- Penny Rafferty Hamilton, Ph.D., who will research, write, and publish a Flight Instructor Communication Manual presenting proven and effective communication techniques for providing instruction to women wishing to be involved in General Aviation;
- Teachers’ Day at AirVenture 2012, an event organized by Build a Plane’s Lyn Freeman designed to educate teachers how to use aviation in the classroom to motivate students to learn STEM subjects;
- John Zapp of the Flying Musicians Association, who received a grant to organize career fairs and related events supporting the Association’s objectives; and
- Flying High Coffee received a grant to support bringing its high quality product to the marketplace, with a portion of the proceeds being set aside to fund worthy non-profit aviation organizations.
Most proposals receive partial financial support because the Wolf Aviation Fund believes recipients can use the honor and recognition that comes from a grant to approach others and seek additional funding. The fund also seeks donations in order to award more grants.
Go to www.wolf-aviation.org for more information about the Wolf Aviation Fund.