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National Scenic Byway Program grants have been an important part of establishing and growing the America's Byways® Collection. The grants are awarded based on an 80-20 match: the local byway, State or Indian tribe is responsible for providing at least 20 percent of the project cost. In-kind matches and Federal land management agency matches are permitted to meet the 20% requirement.[1],[2]

Table 1 provides a summary of grant funds awarded over the history of the Program. Compared to typical FHWA funded projects, the NSBP grants are extremely modest, averaging approximately $126,000 per grant. National Scenic Byway Grants accounted for approximately 0.08% of the total 2007 FHWA budget.[3]

Table 1 : Total National Scenic Byways Program Grants, 1992-2006
Year Number of Grants Grant Funds Awarded
1992 75 $10,000,000
1993 94 $10,040,000
1994 82 $10,000,000
1995 105 $18,937,124
1996 104 $13,396,800
1997 77 $11,903,934
1998 97 $7,000,000
1999 242 $34,385,173
2000 122 $20,399,233
2001 142 $20,483,088
2002 140 $23,083,400
2003 209 $26,327,750
2004 169 $23,854,702
2005 207 $22,457,500
2006 309 $25,563,807
2007 276 $30,533,369
Total 2,450 $308,365,880

Grants are awarded based on eight eligible funding categories[4]:

  1. Since TEA-21, Federal agencies other than FHWA have been allowed to provide match dollars for NSBP grants.^ back

  2. States have different policies regarding how to count in-kind matches, and different requirements as to when match funds must be available.^ back

  3. Source: USDOT, "2007 Budget in Brief" (http://www.dot.gov/sites/dot.dev/files/docs/dot_budget_highlights_fy_2007.pdf).^ back

  4. This list provides a brief summary of eligible funding categories. See the statute in Appendix B for a detailed description of these categories and eligible projects.^ back

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Updated: 09/03/2013
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