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Leveraging Grant Funds

The National Scenic Byways Program has been successful at leveraging funds for the America's Byways® collection. The required 20 percent match from the State or byway has often been exceeded. Local byway communities, in addition to dedicated funds, have contributed labor, professional services, and materials to their byways. While often small monetarily, these contributions and commitments represent a significant interest in the program and desire to actively participate in fundraising and byway development.

From 1999 through 2006, $196.6 million in National Scenic Byways Program grant funding has leveraged $122.4 million in matching funds. While detailed data for other grant years are not readily available, the total amount of matching funds over the life of the program exceeds $150 million and is estimated to be as much as $190 million.

Table 2: Grant Awards, Matching Amounts and Total Funding, 1999- 2007
Year Total Grants
Awarded
Matching Funds Total Project Costs Match %
of Total
1999 $34,385,173 $14,231,941 $48,617,114 29%
2000 $20,399,233 $20,426,539 $40,825,772 50%
2001 $20,483,088 $21,807,890 $42,290,978 52%
2002 $23,083,400 $11,859,346 $34,942,746 34%
2003 $26,327,750 $13,500,160 $39,827,910 34%
2004 $23,854,702 $8,651,126 $32,505,828 27%
2005 $22,457,500 $14,912,810 $37,370,310 40%
2006 $25,563,807 $16,989,007 $42,552,814 40%
Total $196,554,653 $122,378,819 $318,933,472 38%

Source: MDSC

Figure 2: Matching Funds for National Scenic Byways Program Grants, 1999-2006
Column chart showing total matching funds for National Scenic Byways Program grants from 1999 to 2006, and general source (federal, state or other)
Source: MDSC - Breakdowns by source not available prior to 1999

Updated: 09/03/2013
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