Cultural Resources Management


The National Park Service (NPS) conducts cultural resource stewardship largely at the park level. To carry out and further this stewardship responsibility, the Service implements programs that encompass a broad range of research, operational, and educational activities.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
National Park Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No information available. Over 100 awards made to non-profit, tribal entities and universities.
Fiscal Year 2017 Over 100 awards made to non-profit, tribal entities, and universities
Fiscal Year 2018 The program anticipates 100 awards made to non-profit, tribal entities, and universities.
Fiscal Year 2019 The program funded over 30 projects.
Fiscal Year 2020 More than 100 projects were funded that support the National Park Service mission of protecting important resources that are enjoyed by the public.
Fiscal Year 2021 Interpretive projects, restoration projects and historical cataloging projects were undertaken throughout the National Park Service system. The projects help the public better understand the importance of cultural resources.
Fiscal Year 2022 In Fiscal Year 2022, this listing provided funding for 100 new projects in addition to modifications to existing projects.
54 U.S.C. § 320102(f) American Antiquities Act; 54 U.S.C. § 101702(a) Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State, local, or tribal government or other public entity, an educational institution, or a private nonprofit organization.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local governments, Federally recognized Indian Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, educational or scientific institutions, associations, individuals.
Generally, applicant entity must have expertise in the contemplated resource management and/or research project.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on
Award Procedure
Proposals received in response announcements on are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the announcement. Awards may be made to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the Program Manager listed as the point of contact. Generally 30 - 120 days.
None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the National Park Service will provide applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.
Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress.
How are proposals selected?
Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on
How may assistance be used?
Funds used for all aspects of cultural resource stewardship activities, including but not limited to inventory, monitoring, research, rehabilitation, reconstruction, restoration, preservation, documentation, data recovery, education, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Secretary of Interior must determine that appropriations for the purpose of cooperative management of projects are available and an agreement is in the best interests of the United States. Funds may not be used for acquisition of real property.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 - 200.337
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
Depends on project complexity. Will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, if applicable. Will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, if applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Joy Beasley
U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Room #2737
Washington , DC 20240 US
Phone: (202)208-7625
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 22$25,172,762.00; FY 23 est $26,000,000.00; FY 24 est $26,000,000.00; FY 21$9,304,364.00; FY 20$19,111,765.00; FY 19$16,743,524.00; FY 18$15,000,000.00; FY 17$7,951,735.00; FY 16$16,260,471.00; - Fiscal years 2022 and 2023 estimates are based on previous year expenditures.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $1,000.00 - $5,500,000.00 Average: $192,000.00
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No information available. Planning and cultural resources stewardship, including research.
Fiscal Year 2017 Planning and cultural resources stewardship, including research
Fiscal Year 2018 Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that are related to planning and cultural resources stewardship, including research.
Fiscal Year 2019 The program funded over 30 projects.
Fiscal Year 2020 Projects were funded across the National Park Service. Over $18,000,000 funded Research to identify, evaluate, document, register, and establish basic information about cultural resources and traditionally associated peoples; Planning to ensure that management processes for making decisions and setting priorities integrate information about cultural resources, and provide for consultation and collaboration with outside entities; and Stewardship to ensure that cultural resources are preserved and protected, receive appropriate treatments (including maintenance), and are made available for public understanding and enjoyment.
Fiscal Year 2022 Provide technical assistance to eligible sites, facilities, and programs to obtain AACRN program membership, including performing research and gathering materials, writing text, application review, and submittal of complete applications to the NPS AACRN e-application database.


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