Tribal Heritage Grant Application Information

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Who is Eligible:

  1. Federally recognized Indian Tribes

  2. Alaskan Native Villages/Corporations

  3. Native Hawaiian organizations defined as eligible applicants under the National Historic Preservation Act

The funding opportunity is limited to the groups above as defined by 54 USC 300309, 54 USC 300313, 54 USC 300314. Registration with these websites can take 2 to 3 weeks, so please allow plenty of time. If the project is funded, applicants should expect to be able to begin work no sooner than the fall. Please take this into consideration when creating a project timeline. Proposed projects should be completed within two to three years.

How to Apply:

Application packages must be submitted using grants.gov in response to a notice of funding opportunity number under Assistance Listing (formerly CFDA) 15.904. Detailed application instructions are posted on grants.gov. For technical issues related to using grants.gov or questions about registering with grants.gov, please call 1-800-518-4726. For questions about completing an application, please email our office or call 202-354-2020.

Requirements

  • Non-federal matching share is not required for the Tribal Heritage Grant program but may be considered as part of the evaluation process. Non-federal match may be in the form of cash or donated time, services, or materials, but must be expended during the grant period. Match is considered part of the grant funding and is subject to all of the same requirements as the federal funds.
  • Grant projects should be completed in 2 years.
  • Personnel time and/or materials must be directly related to the grant project in order to be eligible costs charged to the grant award.
  • Administrative costs, both direct and indirect, may not exceed 25% of the total project cost of both the federal grant award and any non-federal match per the National Historic Preservation Act.
  • If your budget includes indirect costs, then you must include a copy of your federally-approved Indirect Cost Rate Agreement or a letter indicating that you have never negotiated a rate and have chosen the 10% de minimis rate as specified in 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements and Cost Principles for Federal Awards, 2 CFR 200 Section 200.414 and 2 CFR Part 200, Appendix III through VII as applicable.
  • Competitive selection of all consultants and contracting is required as stipulated in 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements and Cost Principles for Federal Awards.
  • Maximum hourly wages charged to this grant for personnel and consultants may not exceed 120% of the salary of a Federal Civil Service GS-15, Step 10. Current salary tables can be found on the Office of Personnel Management website.
  • Budgeted travel costs must adhere to the federal mileage and per diem travel limits found at www.gsa.gov.
  • Work must be conducted, supervised, reviewed, or verified by a person(s) from the appropriate discipline who meets the Secretary of Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards.

Selection Process

NPS personnel and qualified Federal employees will review all complete proposals using the criteria outlined below. Reviewers’ evaluations are based solely on the material provided in the application. Additional materials not specifically required by the application, and materials sent separately from the application, will not be considered. A summary of the review panel comments may be provided to the applicant if requested after the grant process is complete.

Panel recommendations will be made to the Secretary of the Interior who will select successful applicants and forward to the House and Senate Committees on Appropriations. NPS will conduct risk assessments on all projects prior to funding. Matching funds are not required but may be considered as part of the evaluation process.

Last updated: March 1, 2022