State grants for projects under the ASMP are only given to public use airports included in the Massachusetts Airport System Plan (MASP). Further, to be eligible for a grant, the project must be included in MAC's statewide Capital Improvement Plan (CIP). Projects are often programmed for routine maintenance which address deficiencies noted in an annual state airport inspection, but airport planning and new construction are also considered eligible projects under the ASMP. ASMP grants are typically issued to airport sponsors for the following activities:
- Airport Planning - Typical planning projects may involve planning on an areawide or individual airport basis, ranging from a large integrated statewide or regional airport system plan, to smaller airport master plans for individual sponsors. These plans identify and evaluate the aviation facilities needed to meet the current and future air transportation needs of the particular study group. Other planning related projects may include feasibility studies and environment permitting projects.
- Airport Development - Eligible development projects may include facilities or equipment associated with the construction, improvement, maintenance and repair of an airport. Typical work items include: site preparation; vegetation management projects, including tree clearing and herbicide treatment for long term management; construction, alteration, and repair of runways, taxiways, aprons, and roads within airport boundaries; construction and installation of lighting, utilities, navigational aids, and aviation related weather reporting equipment; safety equipment; maintenance equipment; snow removal equipment; terminal buildings and related site development; and equipment to measure runway surface friction.