THPO Grant Application
Applications for Historic Preservation Funds (HPF) are posted on Grants.Gov each fiscal year. Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) must submit an application each year to receive the funds.
The grant program is only open to Tribal Historic Preservation Officers (THPOs) that have signed partnership agreements with the National Park Service to formally assume selected duties of the State Historic Preservation Office on their tribal lands. If your Tribe is not in the program but is interested in becoming a partner please visit the partnership application website or contact the THPO program.
The amount of funding apportioned to each THPO is determined by applying a formula, developed with THPOs, to the total amount of funds appropriated for the program.
The annual application can be accessed on Grants.gov by searching on the CFDA number for the grant program (15.904) and selecting the appropriate grant opportunity, or by searching on the current fiscal year's Grants.gov funding opportunity number.
Preparing to Apply
In order to receive a grant, the applicant must:
Have a Signed THPO Partnership Agreement with the National Park Service
If you are unsure if your Tribe has an existing THPO partnership agreement with the National Park Service, you can search the THPO database of existing partners.
Be Registered with Grants.gov
Please visit the Grants.gov registration site for more information on requirements.
Apply for Funding Following the Program-Specific Instructions
Additional instructions for completing grant application forms can be found in Notice of Funding Opportunity included in the funding opportunity on Grants.gov.
Completing the Application
Application requirements change from year to year. Please read through and follow the application instructions included in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) which can be downloaded from the application package on www.grants.gov under the tab labeled "Related Documents."
The Grants.gov application contains electronic signature authorization for the THPOs; therefore, no hard copies of the application need to be submitted to NPS.
The grant opportunity summary on grants.gov states the last day an application can be submitted. NPS will withdraw its offer of annual funding to Tribes that do not submit an acceptable application by the application deadline.
NPS reviews applications submitted through grants.gov. If no errors or problems exist, an application can be processed within a couple days. If there are issues to be addressed, NPS will contact the THPO to resolve the problem(s).
When the application is approved and the grant is processed, NPS emails notification of the approval to the THPO along with a copy of the active grant agreement. Grant funds are placed into the tribe's ASAP grant account within 48 hours of receiving the approval email.