will continue to serve the nonprofit and small business community during the COVID-19 global crisis.  In addition to posting new COVID-19 Coronavirus funding opportunities, we will continue to update active grants with new extended grant deadlines.  While we are carefully monitoring funding opportunities and updating throughout each day, the situation is dynamic. We ask that all GrantWatch members review the URL listed in the grant posting and all material provided by the funding source prior to submitting applications.

Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

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:


Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

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

Deadline Date:

02/14/20 11:59 PM PT


Request a Grant Writer

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:


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.


  • 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 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

Organizations not yet registered or familiar with must first go to the following website and follow the instructions to register:

View this opportunity on

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

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

CFDA Number:


Funding or Pin Number:


URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Suggested Grants:

Grants to USA State Agencies to Support Volunteerism

Deadline 05/06/20

Grants to USA state agencies to encourage and support volunteerism. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs that support, manage, and recruit volunteers. Priority will be given to prog

GrantWatch ID#: 123648

Grants and In-Kind Services to USA Nonprofits and Agencies to Benefit Those with Memory Loss

Deadline 06/24/20

Grants of $10,000 and in-kind services to USA nonprofit organizations and public agencies for programs that address the needs of people with memory loss and dementia. Funding is intended to enable new programming, as well as to provide support for caregivers and familie

GrantWatch ID#: 123719

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to USA Agencies in Multiple States to Develop Services for Relative Caregivers

Deadline 06/10/20

Grants of $15,000 to eligible USA state agencies to develop new services for supporting caregivers who have taken on the role of surrogate parents to young relatives. Funding is intended to be used over a two-year period to develop the program activities. Priority will

GrantWatch ID#: 124160

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Independent Filmmakers for Feature-Length Films in ...

Deadline 06/15/20

Grants to USA, Canada, and International independent filmmakers for feature-length films in eligible genres. Funding is intended to support nonfiction films at any production phase from development through post-production. Films should demonstrate effective storytelling

GrantWatch ID#: 127055

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Schools, Colleges, Museums, and Tribes for Native Alaskan Educa...

Deadline 06/01/20

Grants to Alaska nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges, cultural centers, museums, and tribal organizations for educational opportunities in eligible regions. Funding is intended to provide access to high-quality education for native adults and children who are ori

GrantWatch ID#: 128374

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Schools, Colleges, Tribal Organizations, and Individuals for Al...

Deadline 06/01/20

Grants of up to $6,000 to Alaska nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges, tribal organizations, and individuals to promote the culture of Native Alaskans in eligible regions. Funding is intended to support projects that further the traditions of these peoples, preser

GrantWatch ID#: 128375

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 05/01/20

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644

Grant to a USA, Canada, or International Psychology Graduate Student to Research the Effects...

Deadline 06/15/20

Grant of $9,000 to a USA, Canada, or International graduate psychology student for research and demonstration projects that foster understanding of the relationship between self-identity and scholastic achievement, primarily for children in kindergarten through eighth g

GrantWatch ID#: 132694