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State Highway Administration Grants

Under State Highways Administration, the mission of the Maryland Scenic Byways Program is to enhance the quality of life and pride in local communities as well as the visitor appeal by identifying and promoting as well as encouraging the responsible management and preservation of the state's most scenic, cultural and historic roads and surrounding resources.

Maryland Scenic Byways Grants Program funds the development of community-based corridor management plans (CMP), which make scenic byways eligible for additional grants, as well as a National Scenic Byway designation.

Read about the LESHC Byway corridor management plan.

The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA), on behalf of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), also sponsors the Recreational Trails Program. SHA encourages non-profit organizations and government agencies to utilize this Program to fund trail related projects.

The Recreational Trails Program provides funds to states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. Examples of trail uses include hiking, bicycling, in-line skating, equestrian use, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, off-road motorcycling, all-terrain vehicle riding, four-wheel driving, or using other off-road motorized vehicles.

Administered by the State Highway Administration (SHA), this program matches federal funds with local funds or in-kind contributions to implement trail projects. Projects can be sponsored by a county or municipal government, a private non-profit agency, a community group or an individual (non-governmental agencies must secure an appropriate government agency as a co-sponsor).

Federal funds administered by the State Highway Administration are available for up to 80% of the project cost, matched by at least 20% funding from the project sponsor. Matching funds must be committed and documented in the local jurisdiction's budget. A Memorandum of Understanding outlining funding and project implementation responsibilities will be prepared by SHA and signed by all parties before the project funds are released.

Find out more about recreational trails.









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