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 - June 2, 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.
Consultation/Documentation Grants and Repatriation Grants (mandatory):
Consultation/Documentation Grants only (mandatory):
• FY2014 Consultation/Documentation Grant Proposal Cover Sheet MS Word
Repatriation Grants only (mandatory):
Additional Grant Resources:
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. Click here to download a copy or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a free copy.
The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number for NAGPRA Grants is 15.922.
Click here for information and forms to help manage your current grant.
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