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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.  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:

Consultation/Documentation Grants

Repatriation Grants


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

Amount: Up to $15,000

Deadline: May 17, 2019


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.

Award: Competitive grant, awarded once per year

Amount: $5,000 to $90,000

Deadline:  March 8, 2019


All NAGPRA grant applicants must submit their complete application packages electronically through the website.  Organizations not yet registered or familiar with must first go to the following website and follow the instructions to register:  It will take several days for your account to be processed before you can submit your application.



Mid-October 2019

Application and Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY2019 REPATRIATION Grant Application available on

Mid-December 2019

Application and Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for FY2019 CONSULTATION AND DOCUMENTATION Grant Application available on

March 8, 2019

Consultation/Documentation Grant applications due in by 11:59 pm (PST)

May 17, 2019

Repatriation Grant applications due in by 11:59pm (PST)

August 2019

Target date for announcement of FY2019 Consultation/ Documentation Grant awards

Application Guidelines and Forms

The National NAGPRA Program requires grant applications be submitted electronically through

Repatriation Grant Application Materials

The FY2019 Repatriation Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and the required application forms are available on under funding opportunity number P19AS00009. There is not a separate NAGPRA proposal document for FY2019; the guidance for what constitutes a complete application can be found within Section D of the NOFO (see the "Related Documents" tab of the funding opportunity). The following link will take you directly to the Grant Opportunity page: Please contact the National NAGPRA Program with any questions.

 Sample Transfer of control document for repatriation grants (required prior to funding)

Consultation/Documentation Grant Materials

The deadline for submitting applications to the FY2019 Consultation/Documentation grant program has passed. The Program anticipates posting the FY2020 Consultation/Documentation Notice of Funding Opportunity and accepting grant applications starting in Mid-December, 2019. Please contact the National NAGPRA Program with any questions.


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.


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 2018, a total of 968 NAGPRA grants have been awarded. View the complete list of NAGPRA Grant awards to date.

Contact Information:


Program Information

National NAGPRA Grants


Mailing address:


National NAGPRA Program
1849 C Street NW
Mail Stop 7360
Washington, D.C. 20240


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