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Category 7: Information and Interpretation

Category Description

Development and provision of tourist information to the public, including interpretive information about a scenic byway. [23 U.S.C. 162(c)(7)]

Category 7 funds the planning, design, fabrication, and site construction of information and interpretation signage and facilities. This can be traditional interpretive signage, or multimedia formats such as videos, audio tours, low-power radio facilities, and internet information. Printed materials such as guides, brochures, pamphlets, and maps are eligible as well as the recruitment and training of living history docents.

Since 2001, 222 projects have been funded with $22 million in grant funds, an $0.57 leverage ratio for total project costs of $35.5 million.

Table 21 : Category Profile for Information and Interpretation Impacts
Year Number
of Projects
Total Project Costs Total Grant Funding Dollars Leveraged
Per Program Dollar
2001 17 $1,432,882 $1,102,860$0.30
2002 31 $5,994,662 $3,751,600$0.60
2003 29 $10,637,164 $4,856,757$1.19
2004 31 $4,656,904 $3,507,382$0.33
2005 36 $4,556,750 $3,447,911$0.32
2006 78 $8,275,794 $5,934,731$0.39
Total 222 $35,554,156 $22,601,241$0.57

Figure 19 : Profile of Information and Interpretation Grant Impacts

Combination column/line chart showing the data from Table 21 on projects funded from 2001 through 2006 in the Information and interpretation eligibility category. A line depicts the number of projects in each year, and pairs of columns depict the total grant amounts and total project costs.

Relevant Project: - Flint Hills Scenic Overlook

In 1996, The Flint Hills Scenic Byway was awarded a grant for $222.2 million to develop a scenic overlook and interpretive facility in the tallgrass prairie. An overlook platform of native sandstone with interpretive panels and planted with native wildflowers reflects both the historic and natural features of the area by showcasing traditional building materials and craftsmanship and the reflecting the vastness of the prairie through its horizontal design.

Updated: 9/3/2013
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