Cultural Resource Management


To manage and protect cultural resources on the public lands and to increase public awareness and appreciation of these resources. Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Land Management
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: BLM's cultural resources program continued its efforts to promote Heritage Education through partnerships and its Adventures in the Past initiative. BLM worked with over 15 university archeology field schools to train students in archaeological methods, worked with partners to study 1,450 cultural properties, stabilize 300 archaeological sites, present gave more than 800 public programs, and curate 100 collections. BLM uses challenge cost-share grants whenever possible on projects located on lands managed be the Federal Government, to enhance cultural and heritage resource management on Public Lands. Projects are restricted to lands administered by BLM in the Western United States and Alaska. Fiscal Year 2015: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.
Federal Land Policy and Management Act, Public Law 94-579; Archaeological Resources Protection Act, Public Law 96-95; National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Public Law 89-665, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Anyone/general public.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All Public Land users.
No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
For more information and local requirements, cooperative project proposals should be coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management local State, or District or Field offices. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. 2 CFR, Part 200, Subpart C—Pre-Federal Award Requirements and Contents of Federal Awards. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposals should be submitted through in response to the advertised announcements and must include: the title, objectives, timeframes, and a budget breakdown as specified in the funding opportunity announcement. State plan is not required for this application.
Award Procedure
Projects are reviewed at BLM State Office level and funding recommendations are made through each State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the Washington Office.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. Further information will be available for each project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement.
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria used to select assistance proposals are based on a balanced review including relevance to program objectives, merit and cost effectiveness.
How may assistance be used?
All projects are restricted to lands and resources administered by BLM. Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska. Assistance can be used for cooperation in managing cultural or paleontological resources, e.g., survey for sites and localities, stabilization of historic structures, and public contact/education/interpretation or for improving information about cultural resources, consistent with needs identified in BLM planning documents. No regular discretionary fund is available but is highly variable each fiscal year.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly, semi-annual, or annual Program Performance Reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period. For any grant or cooperative agreement terminated, transferred to a new grantee, or will not be extended, that grantees must submit a final Program Performance Report 90 days after the end date of grant performance. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly SF-425, Federal Financial Reports 30 days following the end of the reporting period. A final SF-425 is required 90 days after the end date of grant performance. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: The program has no statutory formula matching requirements except when use is for the Challenge Cost Share program which has a 1:1 matching requirement. However, matching funds or in-kind services by the applicants are encouraged and those projects are more likely to be funded.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions, however, most projects are funded on a year to year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at the time of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.
Headquarters Office
Division Chief Bureau of Land Management, Division of Cultural and Paleontological Resources and Tribal Coordination (WO 240), 1849 C St., NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 912-7241.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $2,600,700; FY 15 est $2,600,000; and FY 16 est $2,600,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have ranged from $3,000 to $2,000,000. Average amount is $35,000 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
BLM's cultural resource management program is basically guided by the provisions in 43 CFR Part 3, 43 CFR Part 7, 36 CFR Part 60 and 36 CFR Part 800. A variety of public interest publications on these programs are available free of charge by contacting the appropriate State Office. Manuals providing basic program operational guidance for cultural resources (8100) may be obtained by contacting the Washington Office.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Cooperative agreements with universities to conduct management-focused archaeological or paleontological field schools and scholarly research on public lands located in Western United States and Alaska, cooperative agreements with states to compile and maintain cultural inventory data, cooperative agreements to curate and interpret museum collections from the public lands, and cooperative agreements to produce education materials enhancing public awareness and appreciation of cultural and paleontological resources. Fiscal Year 2015: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2016: No current data available.


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