Cultural Resources Management
As a steward of the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, the primary responsibility of the NPS is to preserve and protect park resources and values. The NPS actively manages cultural resources in the national park system to meet its statutory responsibility to preserve these resources unimpaired for future generations.
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. The NPS conducts:
•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. This work is conducted at all units of the NPS and helps to perpetuate resources and allows for their continued appreciation, understanding, and enjoyment. The solicitation, award and administration of Cooperative Agreements is done on a project by project bases generally at the park level. Additionally, the National Park Service is authorized by Congress as the principal federal agency to lead the Nation's efforts in historic preservation, providing for the identification, documentation, registration of, treatment of, and preservation planning for, the nation's historic and cultural resources. The National Park Service is directed by Congress and the National Historic Preservation Act to administer programs and partnerships with State, Tribal, and Local governments and nonprofit organizations.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: National Park Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants); Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)
Fiscal Year 2014: Over 50 awards made to non-profit,
Tribal entities and universities. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.
Historic Sites Act 16 U.S.C.462e & 464; Archeological and Historic Preservation Act 16 U.S.C.469b1; National Historic Preservation Act 16 U.S.C.470a(b)6, 470w-7(b)2Biv, 470w-5(a), & 470a(d)4; Cooperative Agreements, 16 U.S.C. 1g: Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996, Public Law 104-333; Research and Training 16 U.S.C. 1a-2j; Cost Sharing, 16 U.S.C. 1f; Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Public Law 111-11.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Generally, applicant entity must have expertise in the contemplated resource management and/or research project. Applicant eligibility will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, if applicable.
State and local governments, Federal recognized Indian Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, educational or scientific institutions, associations, individuals and in some cases corporations.
Generally, applicant entity must have expertise in the contemplated resource management and/or research project.
2 CFR Part 200, in its entirety, applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program.
Projects are identified and awarded based on priorities of the agency and available funding. Will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, if applicable.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Generally 30- 120 days.
Will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, if applicable.
Recipients may request renewal of existing projects or additional projects to meet program goals and objectives. NPS will make awards based on mission needs and priorities. Renewals are contingent upon available appropriations to the program, and applicable regulations.
How are proposals selected?
Specific criteria will be developed based on the objectives of individual projects and will be provided in Funding Opportunity Announcements. Generally, relevance to agency program mission and qualification of principle investigator and institution will be important to the acceptance of proposals.
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. For further information, please contact the regional office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Unless otherwise specified in the award, additionally, all organizations will be required to submit a yearly narrative summary accomplishment reports to the National Park Service at the end of each project year. Specific projects or activities for which funds are advanced shall be tracked and reported by submittal of a quarterly or annual submittal of Standard Form 425, the Financial Report . All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance within the agreed upon scope of work and in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12. Specific requirements will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement. Specific projects or activities for which funds are advanced shall be tracked and reported by submittal of, Standard Form 270, Request for Advance or Reimbursement, and a quarterly or annual submittal of Standard Form 425, the Financial Report . All projects and activities are monitored for progress and compliance within the agreed upon scope of work and in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12. Specific requirements will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
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.
Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 – 200.337.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Recipients may share some project or program costs. The cost-sharing arrangements are developed between NPS and the recipients in advance of the program unless otherwise stated by Congress.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, if applicable. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, if applicable.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Stephanie Toothman U.S. Department of the Interior, Main Building, 1849 C Street NW, Room #2737 , Washington , District of Columbia 20240 Phone: 202 2087625
14-1042-0-1-303 - NR&P; 14-1036-0-1-303 - Operation of the National Park System; 14-5140-0-2-303 - HPF.
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $12,166,538; FY 15 est $15,000,000; and FY 16 est $15,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $1,000.00 - $5,500,000.00
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Planning and cultural resources stewardship, including research. Fiscal Year 2015: No information available. Fiscal Year 2016: No information available.