The Detroit Lakes-Becker County Airport will receive a $30,000 emergency grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
It’s part of a $10 billion appropriation to keep the nation’s airports up and running, and save workers’ jobs, during the COVID-19 public health emergency, according to a news release from the U.S. Transportation Department.
“It’s pretty open-ended as to how we can use it,” said Detroit Lakes City Administrator Kelcey Klemm.
The money can be used for capital expenditures, operating expenses including payroll and utilities, and debt payments related to the airport.
The federal CARES Act also provides funds to increase the federal share to 100% for grants awarded under the fiscal year 2020 appropriations for Airport Improvement Program, according to the news release. The feds usually pay 90% and require a 10% local match.
It’s not clear if that will apply to the ongoing $18 million runway extension and improvement project at the Detroit Lakes-Becker County Airport, since the project already has a fully funded $12.8 million federal airport construction grant that requires no local matching funds.
Klemm said the airport will be submitting its Airport Improvement Program grant within the next month.
Other Minnesota airports will also receive emergency grants: Hawley, Park Rapids and Fergus Falls will each get $30,000, Wadena will receive $20,000, and the larger regional Bemidji airport will get $1.1 million.
The Brainerd regional airport will collect $18 million, Hector International Airport in Fargo will get $22 million, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will get $125 million.