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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.

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: June 1, 2017


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 9, 2017, 11:59 pm (PST)


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.



October 20, 2016

Application and guidelines for FY2017 REPATRIATION Grant Application available on

December 9, 2016

Application and guidelines for FY2017 CONSULTATION AND DOCUMENTATION Grant Application available on

March 9, 2017

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

June 1, 2017

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

August 2017

Target date for announcement of FY2017 Consultation/ Documentation Grant awards

Application Guidelines and Forms

The National NAGPRA Program requires grant applications be submitted electronically through

Repatriation Grant Application Materials (available on under grant opportunity P17AS00003):

• FY2017 NAGPRA Repatriation Grant Guidelines
• FY2017 NAGPRA Repatriation Grant Proposal Coversheet
 FY2017 NAGPRA Repatriation Grant Proposal

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

Consultation/Documentation Grant Materials (available on


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 2016, a total of 901 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
1201 "Eye" Street, NW (2253)
8th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
Attention: NAGPRA Grants


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