Cultural Resources Management


To manage and protect cultural resources on Reclamation land; provide for the curation of and public access to collectible heritage assets, including the increase of public awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of these resources; and provide for the protection and preservation of the tribal cultural resources impacted by operations of some Reclamation projects.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Pub. L. 89 665, as amended (54 U.S.C. 300101 et seq.); Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act of 1974, P.L. 93-291 (54 U.S.C. 312505 et seq.); Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, P.L. 101-601 (25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq.).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
State and local agencies, sponsored organizations, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, other public institutions/organizations, Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments, minority groups, specialized groups, small businesses, profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institutions/organizations, other private institutions/organizations, and Native American Organizations, educational or scientific organization, or any institution, corporation, association, or individual that possesses the requisite professional requirements.
Beneficiary Eligibility
State and local governments, Tribes, universities, anyone/general public, entities that have an education mission or mission-component, and repositories that meet the standards of the Department of the Interior, Department Manual, Part 411: Identifying and Managing Museum Property, for facilities managing Federal museum property. Further information regarding the general purpose and scope of the Department Manual (DM) is included in Part 001, Chapter 1, of the DM. The DM may be accessed at
Repositories must meet the standards for managing museum property at 411 DM; and repositories holding archeological collections must also meet the standards for "Curation of Federally-owned and Administered Archeological Collections" included in the Code of Federal Regulations at Title 36, Part 79, available at Activities under the Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act must be conducted by educational or scientific organizations, or any institution, corporation, association, or qualified individual.
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. Notice of funding opportunity announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF-424 forms and any other forms to be used to submit application information, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on
Award Procedure
All applications will be initially screened by Bureau of Reclamation personnel for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the issuing office. Qualified experts from the Bureau of Reclamation will review applications against the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. Final selection will be determined by the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, or regional officials, as applicable to the project.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Varies depending on the number of proposals received and the complexity of the project. Generally, offices review and award assistance agreements within 60 days of proposal submission.
None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.
Some projects may be eligible for extension. 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 and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria used for selecting a recipient are based on a balanced and informed review of program needs and sources of information. For example, states have mandatory responsibilities to cooperate with Federal agencies to maintain statewide inventories of cultural resources, so states are sole sourced funds to maintain databases under the various National Historic Preservation Act sections requiring data sharing and cooperation. Indian tribes are often sole sourced because only they can identify properties of religious and cultural concern to tribal members. For other cultural resources activities, a technical proposal, budget proposal, and relevancy to program objectives are required. The specific evaluation criteria for each project will be included in the funding announcement posted on
How may assistance be used?
All activities are related to Reclamation cultural resource management programs and activities. Cooperative agreements are used for providing long-term care of Reclamation-owned heritage assets and meeting curation requirements per 36 CFR Part 79 and the Departmental Manual, Part 411. Grants or cooperative agreements are issued to State or Tribal Historic Preservation Offices to share databases, including geographic information systems. Awards made under the National Historic Preservation Act include grants or contracts for cultural resource work. The amount of funding available for projects is variable from year to year. Projects are approved through the budget cycle and may require up to three years for funding approval.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit on an annual basis: Program Performance Reports. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report; and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.
Not applicable.
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. For museum property, records must be in accordance with the specifications of 36 CFR Part 79 and 411 DM.
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
Agreements are typically awarded for periods of 1 to 5 years. Varies based on award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Joe Giliberti, Federal Preservation Officer Environmental Compliance Division (84-53000) PO Box 25007 Denver, CO 80225-0007 Phone: 303-445-3206 Nebraska-Kansas Area Office: Catherine Griffin, Archeologist Bureau of Reclamation 1706 W 3rd St McCook, NE 69001 Phone: 308-345-8324
Headquarters Office
Joe Giliberti
Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 25007 (Mail Code: 84-53000)
Denver, CO 80225-0007 US
Phone: (303) 445-3206
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 22$25,385.00; FY 23 Estimate Not Available FY 24 Estimate Not Available FY 21$0.00; FY 20$0.00; FY 19$0.00; FY 18$168,827.00; FY 17$247,798.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Information not available; not funded currently.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS and the applicable OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation office listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 Information not available. The examples of funded projects include agreements with the University of Texas San Antonio and the Institute of the Great Plains for cataloging and curation of Reclamation museum property; Colorado Historical Society for public education efforts; University of Nebraska State Museum for testing sites at Red Willow Reservoir; Kansas State University for cultural resource inventory, evaluation and excavation of sites at Red Willow Reservoir and other Reclamation lands; University of North Dakota for archaeological investigations at Reclamation’s Shadehill, Jamestown, and Heart Butte Reservoirs and McClusky Canal and producing electronic versions of cultural resource site records; University of Denver Museum of Anthropology to inventory, analyze, and catalog objects recovered from archeological investigations at Lake Pueblo State Park (Pueblo Reservoir) in 2017; University of Oklahoma for archaeological fieldwork and investigation of unanticipated discoveries; Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and Wichita State University for curation of Reclamation collections and NAGPRA remains; and archaeological fieldwork for unanticipated discoveries and their analysis; Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources for analysis and development of a restoration plan for the smokestack at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center National Historic Landmark; Wichita State University and the Nebraska State Historical Society for providing curation services of Reclamation collections and NAGPRA remains; University of Kansas for curation of Reclamation collections; and the Nebraska State Historical Society for curatorial services such as object processing, cataloging, and curation of a re-possessed and back-logged archeological collection from Medicine Creek Reservoir.
Fiscal Year 2018 Information not available.
Fiscal Year 2019 Information not available.
Fiscal Year 2023 Projects assisted in the management and protection of cultural resources on Bureau of Reclamation land, while providing public access to collectible heritage assets, including the increase of public awareness, appreciation.


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