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and Tribes to Preserve Native American Burial Remains

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) - Repatriation Grants

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U.S. Department of the Interior - National Park Service

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05/13/22 11:59 PM PT


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, tribes, IHEs, and museums to preserve Native American burial remains. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for the expenses associated with the packaging, transportation, contamination removal, reburial, and/or storage of NAGPRA-related human remains and/or cultural items.

Grant funds must be used for repatriation under NAGPRA, which means the transfer of control of Native American human remains and/or cultural items to lineal descendants, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations. Repatriation includes disposition of culturally unidentifiable Native American human remains.

Eligible Grant Activities:

  1. Travel by representatives from Indian tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations and museums to prepare and/or accompany Native American human remains and/or cultural items to the Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization.
  2. Transportation of Native American human remains and/or cultural items to the Indian tribe or Native Hawaiian organization.
  3. Hazardous substance testing, documentation, and decontamination of Native American human remains and/or cultural items.
  4. Construction of appropriate containers for the transport and disposition of repatriated Native American human remains and/or cultural items.
  5. Ceremonial materials necessary for the appropriate return of Native American human remains and/or cultural items.
  6. Staff time dedicated to the administrative and logistical arrangements of repatriation.

See the table starting on page 7 of the NOFO in Attached Files below for an outline of the scope of activities allowed under a NAGPRA Repatriation grant.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164780

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Based on prior year data, NPS anticipates between 10 - 15 agreements for FY2022.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Maximum Award: $15,000
- Minimum Award: $1,000
- The amount of funding available per award for this NOFO will be determined once final FY2022 appropriations have been made. This NOFO will be cancelled if FY2022 appropriations are insufficient to support new awards.

Term of Contract:

Agreement terms for funded projects are estimated to last approximately twelve months, depending on the negotiated project statement of work.

Anticipated Start Date: Rolling until September 2022
Projects receiving funding through this announcement will start once funding has been secured and awards have been made, which may be on a rolling basis.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants: State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, Private institutions of higher education, and Others (see below).

The following entities are eligible to apply for a NAGPRA Repatriation Grant:

An Indian Tribe, Alaska Native village, or Native Hawaiian Organization
An Indian Tribe means any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community of Indians, including Alaska Native villages, which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians.

Native Hawaiian organization (NHO) includes any organization that: a) serves and represents the interests of Native Hawaiians; b) has as a primary and stated purpose the provision of services to Native Hawaiians; and c) has expertise in Native Hawaiian Affairs. NAGPRA states that this shall include the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

A museum that has control of Native American human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, or objects of cultural patrimony and has received Federal funds.
The term “Museum” includes state or local government agencies, private institutions, and institutions of higher learning that have received Federal funds. Museums determined to be out of compliance with NAGPRA may be excluded from consideration.

Federal agencies and the Smithsonian Institution may not apply for grants.

Applicants who previously received a NAGPRA grant, but whose grant expired without successfully completing major elements of the proposed work or without meeting the conditions of the grant award may be penalized in the review process. If an applicant has questions about their eligibility, they should contact the Awarding Agency using the information provided in Section G of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

This program does not provide funding to foreign entities or for projects conducted outside the United States.

Pre-award costs are not allowable unless specified in the written Notice of Award/Grant Agreement.

Applications for renewal or supplementation of existing projects are not eligible to compete with applications for new Federal awards.

Pre-Application Information:

Complete applications must be submitted to the National Park Service by Friday, May 13, 2022, 11:59 PM PT.

Anticipated Award Date: August 1, 2022

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis as they are received, from the time this announcement is posted through the May 13, 2022 deadline. Merit reviews will typically be completed within 90 days of receipt. Funding may take an additional ten weeks to become available after an award is announced. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified no later than September 2022.

Repatriation grant applications must demonstrate the following for each unique repatriation:
1. The human remains and/or cultural items that are being physically transferred have been published in a Notice of Inventory Completion and/or Notice of Intent to Repatriate in the Federal Register, and the required 30 day waiting period has passed.
2. The legal transfer of control of the human remains and/or cultural items from the museum or Federal agency to the Indian tribe or NHO has occurred and is documented in writing.

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 (

Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM) Registration:
A Federal award may not be made to an applicant that has not completed the registration. Applicants registering in prior to April 2022 may still be required to obtain a DUNS number prior to completing the registration process within Federal award recipients must also continue to maintain an active registration with current information through the life of their Federal award(s).

Obtain a DUNS Number:
In April 2022, the Federal Government will stop requiring DUNS numbers. At that point, entities doing business with the government will use the Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) created in in place of a DUNS number. A UEI will be assigned to entities upon registering with SAM. If an entity is applying for federal financial assistance prior to April 2022, a DUNS number may still be required as part of the SAM registration process. A DUNS Number can be requested through the Dun & Bradstreet website. The official website address is

Register with the System for Award Management (SAM):
Applicants can register on the website (

Applicants are encouraged to submit the application well before the deadline. Application preparation time may take several weeks, so please start the application process as soon as possible.

Applicants may submit more than one repatriation proposal under this announcement. A separate and complete application must be submitted for each unique repatriation project. A maximum of $15,000 is available per repatriation proposal.

Different organizations may submit proposals for the same repatriation project where the total combined Federal request for the project will exceed $15,000 only with prior approval by the NPS and only if there is no overlap of funds or activities. Applicants are encouraged to accomplish the repatriation of items listed in separate NAGPRA notices, but from the same museum or in the same geographic area, in a single repatriation project/proposal.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For both technical support and program administration assistance, please contact:

Sarah Glass
1849 C Street NW, Mail Stop 7360
202-354-2201 (preferred) Help Desk

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