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. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number for NAGPRA Grants is 15.922. NAGPRA grants are appropriated by Congress annually as a part of the Department of the Interior and Environment Appropriations Act.
Eligibility: Museums with possible NAGPRA collections, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations as defined in NAGPRA are eligible to apply.
Funding Opportunities: Two types of grants are available each fiscal year:
Repatriation grants 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, rolling basis
Consultation/Documentation grants 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.
All NAGPRA grant applicants must submit their complete application packages electronically through the Grants.gov website. Organizations not yet registered or familiar with Grants.gov must first go to the following website and follow the instructions to register: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply-for-grants.html. It will take several days for your account to be processed before you can submit your application.
The National NAGPRA Program requires grant applications be submitted electronically through Grants.gov.
The deadline for submitting applications to the FY2018 Repatriation grant program has passed. The Program anticipates posting the FY2019 Repatriation Notice of Funding Opportunity and accepting grant applications starting in Mid-October, 2018.
• Sample Transfer of control document for repatriation grants (required prior to funding)
The deadline for submitting applications to the FY2018 Consultation/Documentation grant program has passed. The Program anticipates posting the FY2019 Consultation/Documentation Notice of Funding Opportunity and accepting grant applications starting in Mid-December, 2018. Please contact the National NAGPRA Program with any questions.
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. Download a copy or email email@example.com to request a free copy.
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