Federal Grant Applications
The Federal Highway Administration has available funding for projects related to Scenic Byways through the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA 21). The National Scenic Byways program was put into place to help administer the funds properly. In Fiscal year 2003 there was 26.5 million dollars available through this program. The law guiding implementation of the National Scenic Byways Program is in Section 162, Title 23 of the United States Code; 23 U.S.C. 162. The program is set up so that money at 80% of the total project cost can be applied for.
Thus, there must be a minimum of 20 percent in matching funds for the project. This matching requirement can be satisfied in whole or in part with State, local government, private sector, or Federal land management agency funds. Additionally, third party in-kind donations can be credited toward the State's share of the project cost.
Sources for the 20% matching funds are:
- State Government
- Local Government
- Private Sector
- Federal Land Management Agency
- In-Kind Donations
A more detailed explanation of grant money and matching funds can be found on the National Scenic Byways website located at http://www.byways.org/.
The Federal Grant Application process
The grant application process is done electronically through the National Scenic Byways website located at the address above. Every year the Roadway System Divisions Scenic Byways coordinator sends out notification to different agencies associated with Scenic Byways informing them of the up coming grant cycle, where to go to apply for grants, and the deadline which is normally July 1st to have their grants prepared. Once the entity has filled out and submitted their application electronically, the State Scenic Byways Coordinator at the Nevada Commission On Tourism(NCOT) is notified by email that the grant applications are ready for review. The coordinator from NCOT contacts the coordinator from the Roadway System Division and a time is scheduled to review the grants together. If the grants appear to be filled out properly the coordinator from NCOT has the opportunity to prioritize which grants should be approved first. The grants are then submitted electronically to the Federal Highway Administration for review and approval.