The Martha’s Vineyard Airport will receive $366,016 in grant money from the Federal Aviation Administration, the federal agency announced Tuesday.

The grant is part of some $1.2 billion awarded by the Trump administration for safety and infrastructure improvements at airports around the country.

Martha’s Vineyard Airport director Geoffrey Freeman said the money will be used for an environmental study associated with phase three of the airport master plan.

Begun in 2016, the master plan includes a comprehensive overview of airport operations and potential improvements to its facilities.

Mr. Freeman said with ongoing financial pressures due to the pandemic, the federal grant is especially helpful because the airport will not have to dip into available funds or seek additional state grants to complete phase three of the plan. “The FAA is picking up 100 per cent of the grant offer,” he said.

The environmental study will examine areas of potential development, including options for terminal expansion as well as the potential for solar or wind energy generation. According to the master plan, 129 acres of airport property have been identified as potentially available for solar or wind.

A total of 405 airports in 50 states and six U.S. territories received funding through the federal grant, a press release said.


— Aaron Wilson