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

Grants to USA Native Tribes, Villages, Organizations,
and Museums to Preserve Native American Culture

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

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04/10/20 11:59 PM Pacific Time


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Grants of to USA Indian tribes, Native villages and organizations, and museums for the preservation of Native American culture. 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 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.

Grant funds support activities including transportation, reburial, and training, all of which are required under the regulations. Through these activities, this grant program allows all recipients to expand lines of communication with Tribes, support tribal sovereignty, and reduce the administrative and regulatory burden imposed by the Act. 

See the table on page 9 of the NOFO in Attached Documents below for an outline of the scope of activities allowed under a NAGPRA Repatriation grant.

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GrantWatch ID#: 164780

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Based on prior year data, NPS anticipates between 10 and 20 agreements for FY2020.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Based on prior year data, NPS anticipates the average dollar amount of awards made under this announcement to be between $1,000 to $15,000. A maximum of $15,000 is available per repatriation proposal.

Term of Contract:

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


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • 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
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Native Hawaiian Organizations include any organization that serves and represents the interests of Native Hawaiians, has the primary purpose of the provision of services to Native Hawaiians, and has the expertise in Native Hawaiian affairs.

Federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, Native Hawaiian organizations, and museums are eligible to apply.

The following entities are eligible to apply for a NAGPRA Repatriation Grant:
a. An Indian Tribe or Native Hawaiian Organization
An "Indian tribe" means any tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community of Indians, including any Alaska Native village (as defined in, or established pursuant to, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act), which is recognized as eligible for the special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. The Department of the Interior has interpreted this definition as applying to over Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages that are recognized by the United States Government. The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ list of federally recognized tribes is posted on the National NAGPRA website at This list does not include Alaska regional or village corporations, although Alaska Native Villages may contract work under grants to such corporations.

“Native Hawaiian organization” 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 such Native Hawaiian organizations shall include the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.

b. 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.

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 Documents below.

Federal agencies may not apply for grants.

Pre-Application Information:

Complete applications must be submitted to the National Park Service by Friday, April 10, 2020, 11:59PM PT. 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 during the fiscal year. A separate and complete proposal package must be submitted for each repatriation project. Multiple proposals may be submitted for the same repatriation by different parties if there is no overlap of funds. Applicants are encouraged to accomplish the repatriation of items listed in separate notices, but from the same museum or in the same geographical area, in a single repatriation proposal.

Repatriation grant applications must demonstrate the following for each unique repatriation:
a. The human remains and/or cultural items that are being 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.
b. 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 (See Section D, Paragraph 2, Part 7 of the NOFO in Attached Documents below).

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 at 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

Each applicant (unless exempt under 2 CFR §25.110) is required to:
(a) Be registered in SAM before submitting its application;
(b) Provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application (currently a DUNS number);
(c) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal Awarding Agency.
Registration processes for SAM can be found at

In addition, in order to submit an application through an applicant must have an active SAM registration and register for submission permissions through the website. Utilize the following link to guide you through this process:

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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.

Sarah Glass
National NAGPRA Program
1849 C Street NW
Mail Stop 7360
Washington, DC 20240
Phone: 202-354-2201

In the event the applicant experiences technical difficulties with submitting their application, please contact the Help Desk toll free at 1-800-518-4726 or

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