Department of Transportation (DOT) Federal Highway Administration
Grants are available for projects that help recognize, preserve and enhance scenic roads in the United States. Programs should benefit the roads and travelers and should demonstrate a component that improves quality of life and provides a strategic benefit. Grants are made to States and Indian tribes to implement projects on highways designated as National Scenic Byways or All-American Roads, or as State or Indian tribe scenic byways.
Projects submitted for consideration should benefit the byway traveler’s experience: helping to manage the natural qualities that support the byway’s designation, shape the byway’s story, interpret the story for visitors, or improve visitor facilities along the byway.
Applicants must work with the State byway coordinator(see contact below), Indian tribe byway coordinator, and/or FHWA division office byway contact to submit the proposal, implement the project and to be reimbursed for eligible expenses.
Maryland's FY 2011 Funding Priorities:
• Existing state byway desiring to prepare a corridor management plan (note a single corridor planning grant for multiple byways for the state is anticipated);
• Projects that are intended to build strong regional partnerships among jurisdictions, heritage areas, or related state agencies to manage, interpret or market the byway and that are consistent with the Maryland Byways Market Study; and
• Projects that conserve or preserve vulnerable byway related resources through effective partnering with non-governmental organizations (e.g. land trusts, statewide or regional historic preservation organizations, etc.).
There are eight categories of eligible project activities; 23 U.S.C. 162(c):
1. State and Indian Tribe Scenic Byway Programs
2. Corridor Management Plan
3. Safety Improvements
4. Byway Facilities
5. Access to Recreation
6. Resource Protection
7. Interpretive Information
8. Marketing Program
GrantWatch ID#: 124293
City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Intent to apply forms must be submitted by 2 p.m. on January 12, 2011. Applicants with high scores will be asked to submit a full application. Applications due date has not yet been posted but are anticipated to be during March 2011.
Applicants must coordinate their applications with their State Departments of Transportation (DOT). The formal applications to FHWA are submitted by the State DOTs, and the projects are generally managed by the State DOT. Indian tribe governments have the option of submitting byway grant applications through the State or directly to the FHWA Division office in their State.
Applications must be submitted online: http://www.bywaysonline.org/login/
In order to access the online grant application you must register for an account. Registration requires a valid e-mail address and is open to anyone, free of charge (http://www.bywaysonline.org/register/).
A signed paper copy must be submitted to your State or Indian tribe byway coordinator, who will then submit your application to the FHWA division office.
Guidance and other important materials are available on the Byways Online website at http://www.bywaysonline.org/grants/.
A minimum of 20 percent in matching funds is required. This matching requirement can be satisfied in whole or in part with State, local government, private sector, Federal land management agency or Indian tribe funds. Additionally, third party in-kind donations can be credited toward the State or Indian tribe’s share of the project cost. More information can be found at: http://www.bywaysonline.org/grants/application/information/match_req and http://www.bywaysonline.org/grants/articles/81541.
National Scenic Byways Program funds are provided on a reimbursement basis.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Program Manager, Office of Environmental Design
Maryland State Highway Administration
State Highway Administration
707 North Calvert Street, #C303
Baltimore, MD 21202
State Office of Tourism:
Marci Wolff Ross
Destination Resources Development
Office of Tourism Development
9th Floor, 217 East Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
FHWA Division Office:
Jeanette J Mar
Environmental Program Manager
FHWA - DelMar Division
10 South Howard Street, Suite 2450
Baltimore, MD 21201