Cultural and Paleontological Resources Management

 

BLM manages archaeological and historic sites, artifact collections, places of traditional cultural importance to American Indians and other communities, and paleontological resources that occur on million acres of federal lands. Collectively, these ?heritage resources? represent over years of human occupation, and millions of years of the earth?s natural history. BLM Cultural Heritage and Paleontology Programs coordinate management, preservation, education and outreach efforts, economic opportunities, and public uses of a fragile, nonrenewable scientific record that represents an important component of America?s heritage. The BLM Cultural Heritage and Paleontology Resource Management Programs seek to establish partnerships that collaboratively encourage the public to learn about and engage with heritage resources on public lands, restoring trust and being a good neighbor, and sustainably developing energy and natural resources. The Cultural Heritage and Paleontology Resource Management Programs achieve these goals by: Protecting and preserving cultural heritage and paleontological resources for the benefit of future generations; Improving professional and/or public understanding of the nation?s cultural and natural history; Providing educational, recreational, and economic opportunities for local communities and the public; Increasing American Indian access to locations and natural resources important to traditional cultural practices and beliefs; and Managing heritage resource collections and associated records to appropriate standards, and providing access to the public and American Indians.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.224
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Land Management, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No current data available. BLM's cultural resources and paleontological resource programs continued efforts to inventory, document, study, stabilize, and interpret the cultural and paleontological resources on the public lands. BLM worked with over 40 university archeology field schools to train 330 students in archaeological methods, worked with partners to study 890 cultural properties, stabilize 100 archaeological sites, present gave more than 620 public programs, and curate 107 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 2017 BLM's cultural resources and paleontological resource programs continued efforts to inventory, document, study, stabilize, and interpret the cultural and paleontological resources on the public lands. BLM worked with over 28 university archeology field schools to train 264 students in archaeological methods, worked with partners to study 709 cultural properties, stabilize 212 archaeological sites, present gave more than 3,269 public programs, and curate 56 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 2018 BLM's cultural resources and paleontological resource programs continued efforts to inventory, document, study, stabilize, and interpret the cultural and paleontological resources on the public lands. BLM worked with over 28 university archeology field schools to train 264 students in archaeological methods, worked with partners to study 709 cultural properties, stabilize 212 archaeological sites, present gave more than 3,269 public programs, and curate 56 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 2019 No current data available.
Fiscal Year 2020 No current data available
Authorization
Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 U.S.C. 43 1737(b)
Subject to the provisions of applicable law, the Secretary may enter into contracts and cooperative agreements involving the management, protection, development, and sale of public lands.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Anyone/general public.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All Public Land users.
Credentials/Documentation
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 proposal, budget spreadsheet, a budget narrative/breakdown, and any other requirements specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity Notice and submitted through www.grants.gov. State plan is not required for this application.
Award Procedure
All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each project at the time the Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes.
Appeals
Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
First Level Screening -Basic Eligibility. Applications will be screened by the Grants Management Officer to ensure that applications meet basic eligibility requirements. Must meet the requirements of the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on www.grants.gov, screening may include, but is not limited to: Program and/or legislative authority requirements are met; Submission is timely; and complete and properly executed SF-424 application package documents. B. Applications must satisfy basic eligibility screening requirements to be considered for further review. Second Level Evaluation -- Merit Review Evaluation is stated in each Notice of Funding Opportunity noticed post on www.grants.gov Third Level Review Pre-Award Clearance and Approvals. BLM will also complete a business evaluation and determination of responsibility. During these evaluations the Grants Management Officer will evaluate variables such as: Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, financial stability, quality of management systems, past performance meeting prior award terms and conditions, reports and findings of audits performed, and applicant's ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory or other requirements.
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?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Shall be submit at the minimum on an annual basis within 90 days after the anniversary award date, unless otherwise stated in the award document. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar day after the award end date:
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
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
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
No specific restrictions. However, most projects are funded on a year to year basis and no more than five years. Funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes. 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 Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.
Headquarters Office
Division Chief
20 M Street SE
Washington, DC 20003 US
jbowmer@blm.gov
Phone: 2029127240
Website Address
http://www.blm.gov
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-1109-0-1-302
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$3,058,004.00; FY 19 Estimate Not Available FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$3,938,237.00; FY 16$7,428,219,219.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Past partnership projects have ranged from $3,000 to $100,000. Average amount is $45,000 or less.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
BLM's cultural and paleontological resources management program is guided by the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act, and implementing regulations: 43 CFR Part 7, 43 CFR Part 10, 36 CFR Part 60, 36 CFR Part 79 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 and Handbooks providing basic program operational guidance for cultural resources (8100) are available online at www.blm.gov and by contacting the Washington Office.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No current data available. 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 2017 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 2018 AK Native Allotment Title Recovery CA CESU NEIC Data Sharing & Archaeological Research CO Museum Research Curation and Education ID Data Collections Management - Education and Outreach
Fiscal Year 2019 No current data available
Fiscal Year 2020 No current data available

 



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