Grant #1: ROAR
The first grant, offered by the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA), is called ROAR (Rural Oregon Air Relief program). We were approved for a $500,000 grant to pay for the following two items: 1) the recruitment consultant process, and 2) to execute the marketing plan once we acquire service.
The grant money comes from aviation fuel taxes specifically earmarked for this kind of effort.
The Grantee is the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.
Grant #2: SCASD
The second grant, offered by the US Department of Transportation (DOT), is called SCASD (Small Community Air Service Development). We've contracted with Volaire Aviation to write the grant application. We submitted our 1st application in July 2019 but we were not selected. We submitted our 2nd application in February 2021 and await news expected by end of August.
The application requests $850,000 with $50,000 allocated to marketing and the remaining $800,000 to be used as part of the MRG (minimum revenue guarantee) fund. Combined with the $750,000 million local fund, the MRG is planned to be $1.55 million.
John Paskell, Salem's Airport Manager, is the applicant, but the application will be composed by Volaire Aviation and paid for with private sector contributions and ROAR grant funds. Travel Salem will be the fiduciary and holder of the funds.
Local pledge dollars are needed to reach our $1 million goal. See the MRG page.