Project Grants

2005 grant funded inter-tribal consultation with U Colorado Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque, NM
2005 grant funded inter-tribal consultation with University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque, NM

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

Grant Period: 2 years

Eligibility: Museums, Indian Tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations as defined in NAGPRA are eligible to apply.

Amount: $5,000 to $90,000

Cost Share Requirement: None

Deadline: The deadline for the FY2020 Consultation Grants has passed. Contact our office for information on how to prepare for the FY2021 grant cycle.

CFDA Number: 15.922

Consultation FOA #: Will be made available for FY2021


Application Guidelines and Forms
The latest Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) containing the current year's application guidelines will be posted on Grants.gov as soon as they are available. Applicants must use the current year's NOFO, as they are subject to change from year to year.

All NAGPRA grant applicants must submit their complete application packages electronically through Grants.gov. Organizations not yet registered or familiar with Grants.gov should review the instructions to register.

PLEASE NOTE: It will take several days or even weeks for your account to be processed before you can submit your application. Do not wait until the last minute!

Before you apply for a NAGPRA Grant

Register with grants.gov and learn to use the system.

For Museums:

  • Determine if museum trustees or personnel require additional training on NAGPRA
  • Identify other museums conducting NAGPRA work and discuss with them what made their program successful
  • Determine if additional research is required to support a finding that human remains are Native American
  • Establish partnerships with Indian Tribes/Native Hawaiian organizations
  • Consider expenses for consulting Indian Tribes/Native Hawaiian organizations


For Indian Tribes/Native Hawaiian Organizations:

  • Determine if elected officials, tribal elders, traditional religious leaders, or staff require additional training on NAGPRA

  • Identify experts within the tribe/Native Hawaiian organizations to assist with developing requests/claims. Consider either using an existing committee or forming a new one

  • Identify other tribes/Native Hawaiian organizations conducting NAGPRA work and discuss with them what made their program successful

  • If necessary, identify resources to help with reburial

  • Establish partnerships with museums

Last updated: March 10, 2020

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