• 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 will provide UK airfield businesses access to expert advice on a range of topics to support their future development.  The scheme is open for applications from 29th of October 2020 until 3rd of December 2020. 

    Who is eligible to apply for the ADAF?

    The ADAF is open to 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. 29 October 2020: Airfield Development Advisory Fund Launch (application portal opens)
    2. 3 December 2020 at 17.00: Deadline for applications 
    3. Mid December 2020: Notification of award sent to successful applicants
    4. 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 you could receive 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)

    What you’ll need to apply

    To apply you will need to demonstrate how the advice can help protect or expand your business and aviation. Advisory services will be provided across a range of disciplines by UK based experts pre-selected by the DfT and the CAA. 

    The application shouldn’t take longer than 45 minutes, and we recommend you complete your application in one sitting. If you need to take a break, you can come back to your form later.

    To complete the form, you’ll need to gather some essential information about your business and the related airfield.

    Here’s what we’ll be looking to find out:

    • About you and your organisation. We require some basic information about you, the type of organisation that you represent and the airfield your organisation is linked to.
    • About your aviation support. We’ll need some insight into how your business supports the aviation sector, and how it will help future growth.
    • What type of support you require. We’ll need to understand what types of advice you need, along with a brief explanation about the nature of your situation.

    Apply now

    The scheme is administered by ICF, a global consulting and digital services provider. You can complete an application form online directly or download an application form for completion and send it to airfields@icf.com  The application is also available in Welsh.

    All applications can be found at:

    Apply online
    Download application form
    Download application Form in Welsh (Cymraeg)
    View our one-page summary of the scheme

    Support with your application

    Guidance for applications can be found in our Application guide, for other questions related to the fund please see our FAQ document.

    If you need additional support, the ADAF support team at ICF are available to help you. 

    If you have any further questions about the fund or about completing the application form, please get in touch:

    By calling us on +44 1212336990 
    By emailing us directly at airfields@icf.com