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State and Indian Tribe Scenic Byway Programs

An activity related to the planning, design, or development of a State or Indian tribe scenic byway program, 23 U.S.C. 162(c)(1).

Principles

  1. National Scenic Byways Program funds may be used to establish a State or Indian tribe scenic byway program.

  2. National Scenic Byways Program funds may not be used for the ongoing administrative, operating or maintenance expenses of a State or Indian tribe scenic byway program (e.g., hosting and maintenance of a website, organizing and sponsoring annual promotional events or festivals, and costs associated with the fulfillment of individual information requests).

Practices

  1. Planning, design and development of a State or Indian tribe scenic byway program includes:

    • research or studies leading to the development of designation criteria, the structure of the State's or Indian tribe's scenic byway program and designation process, and the development of themes for byways on a statewide basis;
    • technical assistance (workshops, conferences, seminars, and program coordination) to specifically provide awareness and education about the management, operation, and development of the byway program; and
    • activities associated with identifying and planning tourist services on byways in the State or Indian tribe collection.
  2. Byway funds may be used for activities associated with assessing the economic impact of an individual byway or a statewide or Indian tribe scenic byway program.

  3. Byway funds may be used for meeting materials, meeting facilities, equipment expenses, and speaker expenses directly related to State and Tribal technical assistance activities, including an annual State or Indian tribe scenic byway conference.

  4. Entertainment and alcoholic beverages are not eligible for byway funds.

  5. When considering how best to organize and prepare an application for an eligible project in the State and Indian tribe scenic byway program category, FHWA expects the applicant to consider and respond to the following questions:

    • What would be accomplished with this proposed project?
    • What is the overall vision for the State or Indian tribe scenic byway program? What is the status of the program?
    • What are the significant dates for establishing the State or Indian tribe scenic byway program or advancing new elements of the program?
    • What information is available or needed to authorize or establish the State or Indian tribe scenic byway program such as:
      • State legislation,
      • A declaration by the Tribal government, Governor, or other State official acting on behalf of the Governor,
      • An agreement among two or more State or Tribal agencies, or
      • Byway designation or program criteria, plans or guidelines.
    • Recognizing that the effectiveness of many byway programs rests on multi-agency partnerships,
      • What partnerships has the State or Indian tribe byway coordinator established through the development and implementation of the program?
      • What partnerships will be established?
      • What partnerships will be strengthened?
      • How will the coordinator use the partnerships to achieve the vision for the program and to advance the interests and sustainability of individual byways?

Complete Applications Include:

Below are some tips for submitting a complete application for a project in the State and Indian Tribe Scenic Byway Programs category.

  1. STATE AND INDIAN TRIBE SCENIC BYWAY PROGRAMS: Respond to the questions posed in item five of the Practices section - in the Narrative Section of the application.

  2. MAP(s): Provide a map showing existing State or Indian tribe designated scenic byways (if possible, please include the addresses/intersections and GPS coordinates for the beginning and end points of the byway(s) such that the byway(s) can be located using basic mapping software) and discuss those routes in the Narrative Section of the electronic application. Provide GIS data for the byways if available.

  3. PROGRAM REASSESSMENTS: A State or Indian tribe byway coordinator proposing major reassessment or reformulation of an existing byways program should include the following information in the Narrative Section of the electronic application:

    • Explanations for why the reassessment is needed and the outcomes expected from the work,
    • The scope of the reassessment and anticipated action(s), product(s), and document(s), e.g., legislation, implementing guidelines, etc., and
    • The target date for completing the reassessment or reformulation of the State or Indian tribe scenic byway program.
Updated: 09/03/2013
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