• Airfield Development Advisory Fund (ADAF) 

    The Department for Transport (DfT) has unveiled a scheme to provide support and advice to qualifying UK airfields and associated businesses.

    The fund provides UK airfield businesses access to expert advice on a range of topics to support their future development.  

    Who is eligible to apply for the ADAF?

    The ADAF supports airfield owners, operators and airfield-associated businesses across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Military airfields in receipt of Ministry of Defence funding cannot apply for support under this fund. To qualify for support, the application must relate to a UK airfield that:    

    • Is licensed or unlicensed   
    • Handled less than 200,000 passengers on average during the last two financial years (April 2018 to March 2019, April 2019 to March 2020), and the annual passenger traffic for this financial year (April 2020 to March 2021) is not expected to exceed 200,000 passengers

    Should the fund be oversubscribed, we will apply a set of additional criteria to prioritise applicants, details of these criteria can be found in the Applicant guide.

    Key dates for the fund

    1. The fund closed for applications on 3 December 202
    2. Mid December 2020: Notification of award sent to successful applicants
    3. December 2020 to March 2021: Engagement with successful applicants

    What support is available through the fund?

    • Accounting and finance
    • Town planning and heritage grants 
    • Marketing, communications and branding
    • Business strategy and commercial development
    • The application of technology and innovation

    Some specific examples of the type of support that can received include: 

    • A review or improvements to an existing business plan (business report) 
    • Review current budgets and suggest ways of reducing operational or fixed costs (business report)
    • Review of existing financial models or advice on construction of an appropriate model to aid in business planning and/or fundraising (financial modelling)
    • Advice on a planning application (high-level report)
    • Provide advice on communications and marketing strategies
    • Evaluation of planning policy, class use or changes (high level planning report)
    • Advice around maximising asset utilisation and land use to diversify and increase revenue to support aviation use
    • Suggesting new potential revenue sources and evaluate their likely impact on the airfield
    • Develop a high-level green aviation strategy (outline report) 
    • Advice on employment uses for current buildings on airfields (work-place demand study)
    • Advice on potential reduction of business rate liability (rates assessment)

    Applying to the Airfield Development Advisory Fund 

    The ADAF closed for new applications on 3 December 2020. The scheme is administered by ICF, a global consulting and digital services provider. 

    If you would like to be kept up to date with future opportunities, please email airfields@icf.com