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Lesson 1.3.1 Component 1: Submit Grant Applications

The links below contain specific areas within the Interim Policy or SAFETEA-LU that support the "submit grant application" component.

Supplementary Information section

This notice specifies the type of projects eligible for funding and lists that funding priority for providing grants to the States under the National Scenic Byways Program.

Reference:
Interim Policy for National Scenic Byways published in the Federal Register on May 18, 1995

Section 1 Applicability

"The policy and procedures of this document apply to... any State or Indian tribe* seeking funds for eligible scenic byways projects. Participation in the national program shall be entirely voluntary."

Project applicants other than States and Indian tribes are sub-recipients and must work through their respective States or Indian tribes for project implementation.

* Although the Interim Policy does not specifically discuss how the program applies to Indian tribes, FHWA does interpret the Interim Policy to apply to Indian tribes as they are applicable grant recipients consistent with 23 USC 162 as amended by SAFETEA-LU. Indian tribes is inserted in brackets to note this interpretation and allow tribes to see how FHWA is applying its policy.

Reference:
Title 23, Section 162.

Section 10 Funding, item a

Funds are available to the States [and Indian tribes] through a grant application process to undertake eligible projects, as identified below in Paragraph 10c, for the purpose of:

  1. Planning, designing, and developing State [or Indian tribe] scenic byways programs, including the development of corridor management plans.
  2. Developing State [and Indian tribe] designated scenic byways to make them eligible for designation as National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads.
  3. Enhancing or improving designated National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads.

Note that these criteria do not override the eligibility criteria in 23 USC 162. In particular, Federal land management agency byways are not eligible for funding unless they are also designated as a State or Indian tribe scenic byway.

Section 10 Funding, item b

The State Highway Agency (SHA) shall be responsible for the submission of grant requests to the FHWA [other than those from Indian tribes]. If the SHA is not the identified State scenic byways agency, all grant requests [other than those from Indian tribes] must be forwarded from that agency to the SHA for submission to FHWA.

Indian tribes may submit grant requests directly to FHWA.

Section 10 Funding, item c.1.

Planning, design, and development of State [or Indian tribe] scenic byway programs.

This scenic byways activity would normally apply to those States [or Indian tribes] that are about to establish or they are in the early development of their scenic byways programs. All related project activities must yield information and/or provide related work that would impact on the statewide [or Indian tribe] scenic byways program.

Note that these criteria do not override the eligibility criteria in 23 USC 162. The statutory criteria will govern when there is any inconsistency with the Interim Policy.

Section 10 Funding, item c.6.

Developing and providing tourist information to the public, including interpretive information about the scenic byway.

All information must be associated with the State's [or Indian tribe's] scenic byways. It may provide information relating to the State's [or Indian tribe's] total network of scenic byways or it may address a specific byway's intrinsic qualities and/or related user amenities. All interpretive information should familiarize the tourists with the qualities that are important to the highway's designation as a scenic byway. Tourist information can be in the form of signs, brochures, pamphlets, tapes, and maps. Product advertising is not permitted on tourist information that has been developed with grant funds received under the scenic byways program.

Note that these criteria do not override the eligibility criteria in 23 USC 162. The statutory criteria will govern when there is any inconsistency with the Interim Policy.

Updated: 09/03/2013
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