Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
To provide grants to museums to assist in the consultation on and documentation of Native American human remains and cultural items; to provide grants to Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations, as defined in the Act, to assist in identifying human remains and cultural items; and to provide grants to museums, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to assist in the repatriation of human remains and cultural items.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
National Park Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
No information available. In FY2017, 53 applications were received and 32 awards were made to 31 entities to assist in consultation, documentation, and repatriation of Native American cultural items.Fiscal Year 2018
49 applications were received and 35 awards were made to assist in the consultation, documentation and repatriation of native American cultural items.Fiscal Year 2019
No information available.Fiscal Year 2020
No information available.
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, Pub.L. 101-601 §10, 104 Stat. 3057, 25 U.S.C. 3008.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
An eligible applicant is: A museum that has control of Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony and has received Federal funds. The term "Museum" includes state or local government agencies, private institutions, and institutions of higher learning that have received Federal funds. An Indian tribe, Alaska Native village, or Native Hawaiian organization. An "Indian tribe" means any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community of Indians, including any Alaska Native village (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act), which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. The Department of the Interior has interpreted this definition as applying to over 560 Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages that are recognized by the United States Government. This list does not include Alaska regional or village corporations, although Alaska Native villages may subcontract work under grants to such corporations. A "Native Hawaiian organization" includes any organization that: a) serves and represents the interests of Native Hawaiians; b) has as a primary and stated purpose the provision of services to Native Hawaiians; and c) has expertise in Native Hawaiian Affairs. NAGPRA states that such Native Hawaiian organizations shall include the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
State, local, public nonprofit institution/organization, other public institution/organization, Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government, Native American organization, American Indian.
Eligible museums must have completed a written summary of their Native American collections and an inventory of Native American human remains and associated funerary objects in their collections to the National Park Service and the appropriate Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations by the deadlines in 43 CFR Part 10. For repatriation grants, publication under 43 CFR Part 10 of a Notice of Inventory Completion or Notice of Intent to Repatriate in the Federal Register is required. Funding is not available for activities that occur prior to the submissions of the application.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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 www.grants.gov.
Proposals received in response to announcements on www.grants.gov are reviewed through 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 www.grants.gov. Generally, applications are reviewed and approved or disapproved by the end of the Federal fiscal year.
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.
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?
Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov, and will include the following: Criterion A - Objectives and Activities; Criterion B - Partnerships; Criterion C - Implementation/Administration; Criterion D - Impact/Evaluation
How may assistance be used?
Grant funds must be used for CONSULTATION, DOCUMENTATION, or REPATRIATION under NAGPRA.
Consultation and documentation projects should lead to determining control, treatment, and disposition of NAGPRA cultural items. Consultation projects support efforts related to compiling or revising a NAGPRA inventory and making or responding to requests for items in a NAGPRA summary. Documentation projects support determining the geographical origin, cultural affiliation, and other basic facts surrounding the acquisition of Native American cultural items.
Repatriation means the transfer of control of Native American human remains and/or cultural items to lineal descendants, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Repatriation includes disposition of culturally unidentifiable Native American human remains (CUI) according to 43 C.F.R. 10.11. Repatriation projects defray costs associated with the packaging, transportation, contamination removal, reburial, and/or storage of NAGPRA-related human remains and/or cultural items.
The Notice of Funding Opportunity posted with the funding opportunity announcement has further information regarding eligible activities.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program Performance Report
Per 2 CFR Part 200, Subpart F
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
Project duration is generally one to two years. Payment will be made by advance or reimbursement through the Department of Treasury’s Automated Standard Application for Payments (ASAP) system. Grants are awarded for up to 18 months.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
National NAGPRA Program
1849 C Street NW
Mail Stop 7360
Washington, DC 20240 US
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$1,657,000.00; FY 19 est $1,657,000.00; FY 20 est $1,657,000.00; FY 17$1,497,143.00; - FY19 & FY20 totals are an estimate based on prior year funding levels only.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $1,000.00 - $90,000.00 Average: $25,000.00
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR Part 10, grants.gov and standard forms.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
No information available. The National NAGPRA Program funded projects such as: - A museum hiring a bioarchaeologist to conduct an examination of the faunal collection in order to identify and culturally affiliate interspersed Native American human remains; - A university conducting in-person consultations with representatives of multiple tribes to review collections, identify sacred objects and objects of cultural patrimony, and develop a care and treatment plan for the objects, including digitization to provide remote access to the tribes; and - A tribe completing the repatriation of 645 ancestors and 8,945 funerary objects from multiple museum collections for reburial near the locations of the original excavations.Fiscal Year 2018
A tribe completing the repatriation of 36 ancestors from museum collections in multiple states for reburial near the original excavation location.Fiscal Year 2019
Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that assist in the documentation and repatriation of Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony.Fiscal Year 2020
Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that assist in the documentation and repatriation of Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony.