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Less Successful Examples of Budget/Cost Breakdown

Example 1: Interpretive Center (Eligibility Category: Byway Facilities):

# Description Total Cost Requested Match
1. Interpretive center main lobby 257,345 205,876 51,469
2. Demonstration area 64,336 51,469 12,867
3. Audio visual area 97,301 77,841 19,460
4. Gift shop 97,301 77,841 19,460
5. Administration offices 193,009 154,405 38,604
Total $709,292 $567,432 $141,860

This budget is less successful because it:

  • More detail is needed for the budget items included in the application (e.g., $77,841 requested for audio visual area -- what are the components of this budget item? Seating? Audio/visual equipment, etc.) Similarly $51,469 is detailed for a demonstration area. What will the components of this area be (e.g., interpretive panels, dioramas, etc.)?
  • A large amount of the center is also dedicated to office space with costs totaling $193,009. This amount does not seem proportionate to the benefit to the byway traveler
Updated: 09/03/2013
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