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

Grants to USA Museums, Tribes, and Organizations
to Preserve Native Cultural Objects

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Deadline Date:

02/14/20 11:59 PM PT

Description:

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Grants to USA museums tribes, and eligible Native organizations and colleges for activities to preserve Native American culture. Applicants are advised that registration in the online grants system may take several days to complete. The purpose of the grant program is to support consultation and documentation projects related to the preservation of cultural items.

The National Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) Program assists the Secretary of the Interior with some responsibilities under NAGPRA. One of these responsibilities is to administer the section of NAGPRA which authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to make grants to museums, Indian tribes, and Native Hawaiian organizations for the purposes of assisting in consultation, documentation, and repatriation of Native American cultural items, including human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony (25 U.S.C. 3008).

Grant funds must be used for consultation and documentation under NAGPRA. Consultation projects support efforts related to compiling or revising a NAGPRA inventory and making or responding to requests for items in a NAGPRA summary. Documentation projects support determining the geographical origin, cultural affiliation, and other basic facts surrounding the acquisition of Native American cultural items. Consultation and documentation projects should lead to determining control, treatment, and disposition of NAGPRA cultural items.

Secretary of the Interior Priorities:

  • This program supports the following Secretary of the Interior priorities:
  • Expand lines of communication with Governors, state natural resource offices, Fish and Wildlife offices, water authorities, county commissioners, Tribes, and local communities.
  • Support tribal self-determination, self-governance, and sovereignty.
  • Reduce the administrative and regulatory burden imposed on U.S. industry and the public.

This program supports the priorities listed above by assisting Indian Tribes, Native Hawaiian organizations, and museums in repatriation activities required under NAGPRA. Grant funds support activities including travel, consultation meetings, 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.

NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation grants are intended to support:

a. Museums’ efforts to further identify Native American human remains and cultural items in their collections through consultation with Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations leading towards repatriation; and/or

b. Indian tribes and Native Hawaiian organizations’ efforts to consult with museums regarding human remains and cultural items of interest to their tribe or organization and determine items for which they desire to make a request and consult on repatriation/ disposition.

For details on eligible activities, see pages 8-12 of the NOFO document below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178708

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,907,000

Number of Grants:

Based on prior year data, NPS anticipates between 30 and 40 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 $5,000 to $90,000.

Term of Contract:

Agreement terms for funded projects are estimated to range between one and five years, depending on the negotiated project statement of work.

Eligibility:

  • 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:

Eligible Applicants:

Federally recognized Indian tribes, Alaska Native villages, Native Hawaiian organizations, and museums are eligible to apply. Federal agencies may not apply for grants. The following entities are eligible to apply for a NAGPRA Consultation/Documentation Grant:

a. 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 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 560 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 www.nps.gov/nagpra. This list does not include Alaska regional or village corporations, although Alaska Native Villages may subcontract 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. As applicable to their institution, eligible museums must have completed and provided the following documents to the National NAGPRA Program and to Indian tribes or NHOs as appropriate:

i. A NAGPRA Summary of the Native American unassociated funerary objects, sacred objects or objects of cultural patrimony in their possession or control by November 16, 1993, and thereafter according to timelines established by 43 CFR 10.13 (Future Applicability Rule).

ii. A NAGPRA Inventory of Native American human remains and associated funerary objects in their possession or control by November 16, 1995 (or other deadline as stipulated by the Department of the Interior), and thereafter according to timelines established by 43 CFR 10.13 (Future Applicability Rule).

A museum that has not yet completed the initial obligations of NAGPRA (the initial summaries and inventories), but does so prior to submitting a grant proposal, may then receive an award.

Applicants who previously received a NAGPRA grant, but did not meet the conditions of the grant agreement, including reporting and deliverables, may be penalized in the review process.

Pre-Application Information:

Announcement Closing Date: February 14, 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 process as soon as possible.

Applications will be reviewed and evaluated as they are received and may be submitted at any time up until the closing date of this announcement. An applicant's failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of the application deadline will result in the application being excluded from consideration. This includes but is not limited to late and incomplete application packages

Unique entity identifier and System for Award Management (SAM) - Each applicant (unless exempt under 2 CFR §25.110) is required to:

(a) Be registered in SAM;
(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 https://www.sam.gov.

Organizations not yet registered or familiar with Grants.gov must first go to the following website and follow the instructions to register:
http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/applicants/apply-for-grants.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323179

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link 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
202-354-2201
NAGPRA_grants@nps.gov

National NAGPRA Program
1849 C Street NW
Mail Stop 7360
Washington, D.C. 20240

CFDA Number:

15.922

Funding or Pin Number:

P20AS00025

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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