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Typical Projects - 2006

The eight categories of activities eligible for funding under the National Scenic Byways Program are broad, allowing for a wide range of specific project types within each one. Grant applications and awards frequently include multiple activities that may fall within one or more categories of eligible activity. For example, a grant to implement a marketing program might use some funds for a new visitors map, other funds for website development, and other funds for a brochure.

As noted, the majority of NSBP grants are for corridor management plan development or implementation. Thus grant requests for the other seven categories of eligible project activities (in particular safety improvements, byway facilities, access to recreation, resource protection, interpretation information and marketing program, and to a lesser extent due to its emphasis on larger program development issues, State or Indian tribe scenic byway development) may be represented under the broader category of corridor management plan development or implementation, rather than being individually identified under one of the more specific categories. While there is no "correct" category assignment—safety improvements may be a critical aspect of corridor management plan implementation, for example—the reporting may skew the real numbers of grants going for specific projects.

In order to provide a more detailed profile of byway grant use in a typical year, data from 2006 were examined in more detail. Specific project types were identified based on a review of funded grant applications. It is important to recognize that these project types are not categories recognized in the Program regulations or application materials, but were defined through a review of funded grant applications in a particular year. Additional project types might be identified from review of funded grant applications in other years, or of applications that were not funded.

Table 23 presents a listing of the project types that were identified from the review of FY 2006 funded grant applications. From the 309 funded grants, 51 identifiable project types were identified representing 891 discrete activities.

Table 23 : Examples of Typical Byway Projects from the year 2006
Project Type No. of Projects Percent of Project Type No. of Projects Percent of
Projects Grants Projects Grants
Kiosks 112 12.6% 36.2% Multimedia stuff for the traveler 10 1.1% 3.2%
Conservation Easements 60 6.7% 19.4% Educational materials 9 1.0% 2.9%
Websites 59 6.6% 19.1% Newsletters 9 1.0% 2.9%
Employee acquisition 55 6.2% 17.8% Other resource protection 9 1.0% 2.9%
Wayfinding along byway 49 5.5% 15.9% Press kits and releases 8 0.9% 2.6%
General byway materials 43 4.8% 13.9% Restrooms 8 0.9% 2.6%
Conference Attendance 39 4.4% 12.6% Low-watt radio 6 0.7% 1.9%
Map-only materials 34 3.8% 11.0% Magazines 6 0.7% 1.9%
Other Marketing 33 3.7% 10.7% Picnic areas 6 0.7% 1.9%
Wayfinding to/from byway 30 3.4% 9.7% Trailheads 5 0.6% 1.6%
Safety Improvements 24 2.7% 7.8% Activity-specific materials 4 0.5% 1.3%
Bike/Ped Paths 23 2.6% 7.4% Guidebooks 4 0.5% 1.3%
Branding 22 2.5% 7.1% Mailings 4 0.5% 1.3%
Other printed materials for byway co 20 2.2% 6.5% Other advertisements 4 0.5% 1.3%
Parking 20 2.2% 6.5% Photo collections 4 0.5% 1.3%
Overlooks and Viewing Platforms 19 2.1% 6.1% Byway logo signage 3 0.3% 1.0%
Restoration and preservation of Historic 17 1.9% 5.5% Computer-hosted interactive interpretation 3 0.3% 1.0%
Videos 16 1.8% 5.2% Materials for children 3 0.3% 1.0%
Visitor centers 16 1.8% 5.2% Multilingual Access 3 0.3% 1.0%
Conference Hosting 15 1.7% 4.9% News feeds 3 0.3% 1.0%
ADA-Related 12 1.4% 3.9% Other Interactive Interpretation 3 0.3% 1.0%
Audio presentations 12 1.4% 3.9% Pullouts other than overlooks 3 0.3% 1.0%
Land, Site, Building Purchases & Acquisitions 12 1.4% 3.9% Radio 3 0.3% 1.0%
Exhibits 11 1.2% 3.6% Theme-based materials 3 0.3% 1.0%
Other printed materials for traveler 11 1.2% 3.6% Visitor Service Signage 3 0.3% 1.0%
        AB signage 1 0.1% 0.3%
Source: MDSC       Totals 891 100.0% 288.6%

The most popular grant-funded project in 2006 was kiosk purchase or development. A total of 112 such projects were carried out. These projects comprised 12.6 percent of the total 891 identified activities, and were included in 36 percent of all funded grants. This was twice as many as the next most popular category, conservation easements. This resource protection tool was funded in 60 instances and made up 6.7 percent of all projects and, appeared in 19.4 percent of all funded grants. Other popular categories were website development, wayfinding signage, maps, marketing, and safety improvements. Less common projects included low power radio products, materials for children, news feed services, and logo signage.

Directions for the Future

One of the challenges for the Program is trying to capture useful information on a range of activities as broad as those shown in Table 23. While capturing information is important and should be useful, it is also time consuming based on the information currently available.

Updated: 09/03/2013
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