Managing Agency National Park Service

Program Description

The National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 authorizes grants to federally recognized Indian tribes for cultural and historic preservation projects. These grants assist Indian Tribes, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations in protecting and promoting their unique cultural heritage and traditions. Grant awards are from $5,000 to $40,000 ($60,000 for construction).

Grant Categories include:

  1. Locating and Identifying Cultural Resources
    1. Survey and Inventory of Historic or Significant Places
    2. Survey of Traditional Skills and Information
  2. Preserving a Historic Property listed on the National Register
    1. Project Planning (Plans and Specifications for Preserving a Specific Structure or Site)
    2. Repair Work to Preserve a Specific Historic Structure or Site
  3. Comprehensive Preservation Planning
  4. Oral History and Documenting Cultural Traditions
  5. Education and Training for a Historic Preservation Program
  6. Other Projects involving Education of Cultural and Historic Preservation

General Program Requirements

Tribal Heritage grants are open to the following groups:

  1. Federally recognized Indian tribes
  2. Alaskan Native groups
  3. Native Hawaiian organizations defined as eligible applicants under the National Historic Preservation Act.

All projects are expected to adhere to The Secretary of the Interior's Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation and all costs must be eligible and in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act and HPF Guidelines.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Notice of the award opportunity is generally posted on in January with applications due in March. Please see the program page for more information and application requirements. Applications are not accepted at any other time. Selected awards are generally announced in July or August of each year.

See last year's application for additional guidance.

Program Contact Information

Madeline Konz
Grants Management Specialist

Additional Information

Length of Program2 years
Tribes Funded by this Program8-15
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)Varies
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes/Native Organizations
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number15.904
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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