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Section 10 of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to make grants to museums, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations for the purposes of assisting in consultation, documentation, and repatriation of Native American “cultural items,” including human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony.

Two types of grants are available – Consultation/Documentation Grants and Repatriation Grants. Each uses the same application, but there are different time parameters.

Eligibility: Museums with possible NAGPRA collections, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations as defined in NAGPRA are eligible to apply. The FY2014 Grant Guidelines will detail eligibility requirements. Note there are new uniform Federal rules for grants coming soon.

Consultation/Documentation grants: Project-based grants to support the efforts of museums, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations to consult and document NAGPRA-related human remains and cultural items in non-federal collections. The projects will encompass the costs of all parties to the project.

Award: Competitive grant, awarded once per year

Amount: $5,000 to $90,000

Deadline: Applications due Monday, March 17, 2014

Consultation. Museums and Federal agencies must consult with known Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations in compiling a NAGPRA inventory and when responding to claims and interests of potential claimants to items in the NAGPRA summary. Consultation should lead to determining control, treatment and disposition of NAGPRA-related human remains and objects. The consultation process is outlined in 43 CFR 10.5, 10.8 (a),10.9 (b) and 10.11.

Documentation. The term documentation refers to data that will lead to determining the geographical origin, cultural affiliation, and basic facts surrounding the acquisition of Native American human remains and cultural items to further the NAGPRA process.

Repatriation grants: Awards to defray costs associated with the packaging, transportation, contamination removal, reburial and/or storage of NAGPRA-related human remains and/or cultural items.

Award: Non-competitive, grants awarded on a continuing basis throughout each fiscal year to the extent funds are available

Amount: Up to $15,000

Deadline: Applications accepted October 1, 2013 - August 15, 2014. Repatriation grant applications should be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the scheduled repatriation. Please note that funding may take an additional six weeks to become available after signing the grant agreement.

Repatriation . The term repatriation means the transfer of control, of Native American human remains and/or cultural items pursuant to lineal descendents, Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations. Control does not transfer until 30 days after publication of a NAGPRA notice. The grant will fund costs of transfer of possession. Plan ahead to publish notices well in advance of repatriation ceremonies to allow time for grant awards.

 All grant awards are contingent upon available funds.


NAGPRA Grants Calendar for FY2014

November 2013

FY2014 NAGPRA Grant Guidelines posted online
Begin new funding year

Oct. 1, 2013 - Mar.3, 2014

Draft FY2014 NAGPRA Consultation/ Documentation grant applications submitted for optional pre-review*

 March 17, 2014

Deadline to submit applications for project proposals

 May 2014

Grants Panel meets
Target date for announcement of FY2014 Consultation/ Documentation Grant awards

Oct. 1, 2013 - Aug. 15, 2014

Period in which to request noncompetitive repatriation grants

Feb. 2014

webinar, grants for all interested in NAGPRA grants

Feb. 2014

webinar, managing a grant training for FY2013 grantees

* Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the optional pre-review of their grant. NAGPRA staff will review a draft of the narrative portion only of the grant application and offer feedback based on past successful applications. The pre-review process has no impact on the final application process and in no way influences the scoring of applications. If you have any questions or would like to submit a draft application, please email your draft to .


Application Guidelines and Forms

Consultation/Documentation Grants and Repatriation Grants (mandatory):

• FY2014 Grant Guidelines PDF
• FY2014 Grant Application MS Word
• SF424: Application for Federal Assistance PDF
• SF424: Instructions PDF

Consultation/Documentation Grants only (mandatory):

• FY2014 Consultation/Documentation Grant Proposal Cover Sheet MS Word

Repatriation Grants only (mandatory):

• FY2014 Repatriation Grant Proposal Cover Sheet MS Word
Transfer of control document for repatriation grants (prior to funding)


Additional Grant Resources:

Featured grant proposals and final projects including a bibliography of sample deliverables.

Journeys to Repatriation: 15 Years of NAGPRA Grants (1994-2008) analyzes the impact of the NAGPRA grants program. Filled with stories, quotes and statistics, this publication highlights the important role the NAGPRA grants program has played in repatriation efforts around the country. Download a copy or email to request a free copy.

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number for NAGPRA Grants is 15.922.


Information for Grantees

Click here for information and forms to help manage your current grant.


Awards to Date:

The National Park Service has awarded NAGPRA grants since 1994. From 1994 through 2013, 786 NAGPRA grants have been awarded. Click for the complete list of NAGPRA grant awards to date.

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1201 "Eye" Street, NW (2253)
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