Cultural Resources Management

The National Park Service (NPS) conducts cultural resource stewardship largely at the park level.

To carry out and further this stewardship responsibility, the Service implements programs that encompass a broad range of research, operational, and educational activities.

The NPS conducts:

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Research to identify, evaluate, document, register, and establish basic information about cultural resources and traditionally associated peoples;
Planning to ensure that management processes for making decisions and setting priorities integrate information about cultural resources, and provide for consultation and collaboration with outside entities; and
Stewardship to ensure that cultural resources are preserved and protected, receive appropriate treatments (including maintenance), and are made available for public understanding and enjoyment.

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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Sealaska Heritage Institute Inc $ 1,500,000   2020-05-192025-05-18
Sealaska Heritage Institute Inc $ 1,000,000   2019-03-312021-12-31
Sealaska Heritage Institute Inc $ 500,000   2018-08-092020-10-06
Natural Resources, Georgia Department Of $ 28,196   2014-06-012019-08-01
Mississippi Heritage Trust Incorporated $ 24,998   2016-07-072016-12-31
Makah Museum $ 12,000   2014-10-012016-09-30
Sapulpa, City Of $ 22,380   2015-07-222016-09-07
Cinefemme $ 25,000   2015-07-162016-06-03
Best Budget Inn, Llc $ 30,000   2015-07-152016-03-31
Boots Court $ 17,976   2015-07-152016-03-31

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Over 100 awards made to non-profit, tribal entities and universities. Fiscal Year 2017: No information available. Fiscal Year 2018: No information available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds used for all aspects of cultural resource stewardship activities, including but not limited to inventory, monitoring, research, rehabilitation, reconstruction, restoration, preservation, documentation, data recovery, education, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The Secretary of Interior must determine that appropriations for the purpose of cooperative management of projects are available and an agreement is in the best interests of the United States.

Funds may not be used for acquisition of real property.

For further information, please contact the regional office.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State, local, or tribal government or other public entity, an educational institution, or a private nonprofit organization.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments, Federal recognized Indian Tribal governments, nonprofit organizations, educational or scientific institutions, associations, individuals.


Generally, applicant entity must have expertise in the contemplated resource management and/or research project. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

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. Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on

Award Procedures

Proposals received in response announcements on are reviewed on the basis of a competitive, merit-based review process, and are rated in accordance with the evaluation criteria stated in the announcement. Awards may be made to the highest rated proposals based on the amount of funding available each year.


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


54 U.S.C. §320102(f) commonly known as the American Antiquities Act; 54 U.S.C. §302304(b) State Historic Preservation Programs; 54 U.S.C. §101702(a) Cooperative Agreements, Transfer of Service Appropriated Funds; 54 U.S.C. §101702(b) Cooperative Agreements, Cooperative Research and Training Programs, and; 54 USC §101701(b) Challenge Cost-share Agreement Authority.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the Program Manager listed as the point of contact. Generally 30 ? 120 days.


None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the National Park Service will provide applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.


Projects may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. If renewals or extensions are applicable to the project, this information will be included in the funding opportunity announcement. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Recipients may share some project or program costs. The cost-sharing arrangements are developed between NPS and the recipients in advance of the program unless otherwise stated by Congress. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Depends on project complexity. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Will be specified in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, if applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (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 property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Program Performance Report.


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.


Per 2 CFR Part 200.333 ? 200.337.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1036-0-1-303 - Operation of the National Park System; 14-1042-0-1-303 - NR&P; 14-5140-0-2-303 - HPF.


(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $16,260,471; FY 17 est $15,000,000; and FY 18 est $15,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range: $1,000.00 - $5,500,000.00 Average: $192,000.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR, Part 200, 43 CFR, OMB Circulars, standard forms, and program information

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Stephanie Toothman U.S. Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street NW, Room #2737 , Washington , District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202)208-7625

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on

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