Cultural and Paleontological Resources Management

To manage and protect cultural resources on the public lands and to increase public awareness and appreciation of these resources.

Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska.

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Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Cooperative agreements with universities to conduct management-focused archaeological or paleontological field schools and scholarly research on public lands located in Western United States and Alaska, cooperative agreements with states to compile and maintain cultural inventory data, cooperative agreements to curate and interpret museum collections from the public lands, and cooperative agreements to produce education materials enhancing public awareness and appreciation of cultural and paleontological resources.

Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available.

Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Oregon $ 8,000   2015-08-312020-08-30
Utah State University $ 45,918   2011-09-012015-05-31
Carolynne L Merrell $ 12,000   2008-07-012013-04-15
Kodiak Island Borough-$ 2,248   2008-11-262011-11-25
Society Of American Indian Governme Nt Employ $ 36,000   2008-03-012011-05-31
State Historical Society Of North Dakota $ 5,000   2009-04-272010-10-31
National Academy Of Sciences $ 560,960   2008-10-152010-07-15
Michigan Technological University ( Inc) $ 30,000   2009-05-142010-05-30
University Of Alaska System $ 0   2008-07-012009-09-30
Montana State University System $ 10,000   2003-01-012008-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: BLM's cultural resources and paleontological resource programs continued efforts to inventory, document, study, stabilize, and interpret the cultural and paleontological resources on the public lands. BLM worked with over 40 university archeology field schools to train 330 students in archaeological methods, worked with partners to study 890 cultural properties, stabilize 100 archaeological sites, present gave more than 620 public programs, and curate 107 collections. BLM uses challenge cost-share grants whenever possible on projects located on lands managed be the Federal Government, to enhance cultural and heritage resource management on Public Lands. Projects are restricted to lands administered by BLM in the Western United States and Alaska. Fiscal Year 2017: No current data available. Fiscal Year 2018: No current data available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

All projects are restricted to lands and resources administered by BLM.

Most of these lands are located in the Western United States and Alaska.

Assistance can be used for cooperation in managing cultural or paleontological resources, e.g., survey for sites and localities, stabilization of historic structures, and public contact/education/interpretation or for improving information about cultural resources, consistent with needs identified in BLM planning documents.

No regular discretionary fund is available but is highly variable each fiscal year.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Anyone/general public.

Beneficiary Eligibility

All Public Land users.


No Credentials or documentation are required. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

For more information and local requirements, cooperative project proposals should be coordinated with the Bureau of Land Management local State, or District or Field offices.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 2 CFR, Part 200, Subpart C?Pre-Federal Award Requirements and Contents of Federal Awards. A Standard Form 424, Application for Federal Assistance, Standard Form 424A, Budget Information for Non-Construction Programs, Standard Form 424B, Assurances for Non-Construction Programs, and a written proposal, budget spreadsheet, a budget narrative/breakdown, and any other requirements specified in the Notice of Funding Opportunity Notice and submitted through State plan is not required for this application.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. State and District Office level and funding recommendations are made through the State's annual work plan. Final budget approvals rest with the State Director.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976, Public Law 94-579, 43 USC ž1737 (b); National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, 54 USC 302304 and 302704.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Award time varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each project at the time the Notice of Funding Opportunity is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the point of contact listed in the funding opportunity announcement. Most awards are anticipated within 90 days or less after the announcement closes.


Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Land Management will provide all applicants with information on why their proposal was not selected for award.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: The program has no statutory formula matching requirements except when use is for the Challenge Cost Share program which has a 1:1 matching requirement. However, matching funds or in-kind services by the applicants are encouraged and those projects are more likely to be funded. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

No specific restrictions, however, most projects are funded on a year to year basis and funds are expended during a particular fiscal year. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Frequency of recipient payments will be determined for each awarded assistance agreement at the time of award.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the notice of award, recipients shall submit at the minimum the following reports on an annual basis within 90 days after the anniversary date: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

The notice of award will detail all financial, performance, and other specific report requirements, including frequency and due dates.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final report no later than 90 calendar day after the award end date: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as progress and final reports, property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Unless otherwise stated in the award document, recipients are required to submit quarterly SF-425, Federal Financial Reports.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 16 $7,428,219,219; FY 17 est $2,000,000; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Past partnership projects have ranged from $3,000 to $100,000. Average amount is $50,000 or less.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

BLM's cultural and paleontological resources management program is guided by the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act, and implementing regulations: 43 CFR Part 7, 43 CFR Part 10, 36 CFR Part 60, 36 CFR Part 79 and 36 CFR Part 800. A variety of public interest publications on these programs are available free of charge by contacting the appropriate State Office. Manuals and Handbooks providing basic program operational guidance for cultural resources (8100) are available online at and by contacting the Washington Office.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Catalog Appendix IV for addresses.

Headquarters Office

Division Chief Bureau of Land Management, Division of Cultural and Paleontological Resources and Tribal Coordination (WO 240), 1849 C St., NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 912-7241.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

First Level Screening -Basic Eligibility. Applications will be screened by the Grants Management Officer to ensure that applications meet basic eligibility requirements. Must meet the requirements of the Notice of Funding Opportunity posted on, screening may include, but is not limited to: Program and/or legislative authority requirements are met; Submission is timely; and complete and properly executed SF-424 application package documents. B. Applications must satisfy basic eligibility screening requirements to be considered for further review. Second Level Evaluation -- Merit Review Evaluation is stated in each Notice of Funding Opportunity noticed post on Third Level Review Pre-Award Clearance and Approvals. BLM will also complete a business evaluation and determination of responsibility. During these evaluations the Grants Management Officer will evaluate variables such as: Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System, financial stability, quality of management systems, past performance meeting prior award terms and conditions, reports and findings of audits performed, and applicant?s ability to effectively implement statutory, regulatory or other requirements.

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