ISTAT Foundation

Silvia Weninger

1) About

The International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading Foundation (ISTAT Foundation) was founded in 1994 to support individuals and institutions that promote the advancement of commercial aviation and humanitarianism. The Foundation fosters interest in, creates opportunities for and provides assistance to the global aviation community by offering scholarships, grants, internships and humanitarian aid worldwide. The following programs are supported through the ISTAT Foundation: (1) scholarships to academically-qualified students pursuing an aviation-related degree at an accredited university; (2) grants to educational institutions, museums and other non-profit organisations that need funding to stimulate commercial aviation interest; and (3) humanitarian aid efforts, wherein commercial aviation plays a role. The Foundation’s work in humanitarian aid strives to support humanitarian causes that are designed to help save lives, promote human welfare and alleviate suffering. Their focus is on restoring the basic necessities and improving the well-being of those in need as a result of global disasters or afflictions.

2) Thematic Interest

  • Humanitarian aid (focus on commercial aviation, e.g. transport of patients)
  • Scholarships for students in aviation-related degrees

3) Focus Countries

They have no focus countries and provide funding for individuals (scholarships) and projects across the globe.

4) Application Procedure

For applications in humanitarian aid, there is an annual application window open (usually in September). Interested organisations are asked to prepare a one-page proposal stating: (1) the organisation’s mission and activities; (2) purpose of requested grant (including USD amount); and (3) plans to recognise the support of the Foundation. Completed applications shall be submitted as an email attachment with the subject line: ISTAT Foundation Humanitarian Grant Application, {Organization Name}. Individual grant sizes are generally up to $10,000 per project. Their annual funding volume is around $100,000 and around 10 non-profit organisations across the globe receive funding every year.

5) Contact

ISTAT Foundation Headquarters
330 N. Wabash Avenue
Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60611

T: +1 312 321 5169
E: istatgrants(a)