State Airport Aid is the basic airport aid program of the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Under the terms of North Carolina General Statutes Chapter 63, "the Department of Transportation is hereby authorized to provide State aid in the forms of loans and grants to cities, counties, and public airport authorities for the purpose of planning, acquiring, constructing, or improving municipal, county and other publicly owned or controlled airport facilities, and to authorize related programs of aviation safety, promotions, and long-range planning".
The Division of Aviation administers the FAA Block Grant Program along with the State Aid to Airports Program. The Grant administration function ensures state and federal grant funds are transferred in a timely manner between the various parties.
Under the NCDOT administration of FAA Block Grants, an effort is made to make all grant processes as seamless as possible. Thus, the application, approval, and grant management for Block Grants is identical to that of State Aid to Airports.