Repatriation Grants

group photo at a repatriation ceremony
Joint inter-tribal repatriation of human remains and funerary objects, FY2007 Repatriation grant

Repatriation grants defray costs associated with the packaging, transportation, contamination removal, reburial and/or storage of NAGPRA-related cultural items

Award: Non-competitive, rolling awards

Grant Period: 1 year

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

Amount: $3,000 to $15,000

Cost Share Requirement: None

Deadline: The deadline for the FY2021 Repatriation grants has passed. The National Park Service announced FY2021 awards here:

CFDA Number: 15.922

Repatriation FOA #: The FY2022 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and accompanying Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) will be available on in late fall/early winter 2021.

Application Guidelines and Forms

The latest Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) containing the current year’s application guidance and forms will be posted on as soon as it is 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 Organizations not yet registered or familiar with 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 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 repatriations successful
  • Establish partnerships with 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 other tribes/Native Hawaiian organizations conducting NAGPRA work and discuss with them what made their repatriations successful

  • If necessary, identify resources to help with reburial

  • Establish partnerships with museums

Last updated: August 13, 2021