This story is part of AIN's continuing coverage of the impact of the coronavirus on aviation.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has established a website and on Wednesday published a notice providing information surrounding participation in the Aviation Manufacturing Jobs Protection (AMJP) program that was established in the most recent Covid-19 relief bill, the American Rescue Plan Act. Congress set aside $3 billion for the AMJP program, which will provide grants for eligible manufacturers and maintenance businesses to retain, recall, or rehire affected workers. the AMJP program sets up a 50/50 cost-share program to cover compensation for workers.
A strong proponent of the program, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association has encouraged affected businesses to prepare for participation, noting that the DOT is expected to begin accepting applications shortly. Eligible businesses should apply now for a Data Universal Number Systems (DUNS) and register online with the System of Award Management, GAMA advised. The DOT said those steps must be taken before a company can apply for assistance under the AMJP program.
“The DOT estimates that thousands of businesses that meet the statutory criteria may be eligible to receive funding through this program,” the agency said, adding it is “also taking steps to help ensure that small, socioeconomically disadvantaged businesses (including those in underserved communities) receive timely information about this assistance.”
According to the notice, applicants will need to furnish business, eligibility, and compensation details, among other information.