Cultural Resources Management

To manage and protect cultural resources on Reclamation land and to provide for the curation of and public access to collectible heritage assets, including the increase of public awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of these resources.
Examples of Funded Projects

Cooperative agreements with entities to provide long-term curation of Reclamation-owned museum property, and grants to provide heritage education to the public including lesson plans to be used in promoting heritage education on Indian tribal schools and development of web sites to Reclamation's contribution to archaeology site preservation and protection.

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 - Please see listing of contacts at .

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

Heritage education grants have been awarded since 1993. Numerous assistance agreements have been awarded to state and governmental entities, and universities for the curation of museum property. Assistance agreements have been awarded to universities for activities associated with the Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act.

Uses and Use Restrictions

All activities are related to Reclamation programs and activities.

Cooperative agreements are used for providing long-term care of Reclamation-owned heritage assets.

Awards made under the National Historic Preservation Act are limited to project grants for providing heritage education services and, per 36 CFR Part 79, the curation of museum property.

The amount of funding available for projects is highly variable from year to year.

Projects are approved through the budget cycle and may require up to three years for funding approval.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State and local agencies, sponsored organizations, public nonprofit institutions/organizations, other public institutions/organizations, Federally-recognized Indian Tribal governments, minority groups, specialized groups, small businesses, profit organizations, private nonprofit institutions/organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institutions/organizations, other private institutions/organizations, and Native American Organizations, educational or scientific organization, or any institution, corporation, association, or individual that possesses the requisite professional requirements.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State and local governments, Tribes, universities, general public, entities that have an education mission or mission-component, and repositories that meet the standards of the Department of the Interior, Department Manual, Part 411: Managing Museum Property, Chapters 1, 2, and 3, for facilities managing Federal museum property. Further information regarding the general purpose and scope of the Department Manual (DM) is included in Part 001, Chapter 1, of the DM. The DM may be accessed at


Repositories must meet the standards for managing museum property at 411 DM Chapters 1 through 3; and repositories holding archeological collections must also meet the standards for "Curation of Federally-owned and Administered Archeological Collections" included in the Code of Federal Regulations at Title 36, Part 79, available at Activities under the Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act must be conducted by educational or scientific organizations, or any institution, corporation, association, or qualified individual.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Funding opportunity announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF-424 forms and any other forms to be used to submit application information, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on .

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened by Bureau of Reclamation personnel for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by the issuing office. Qualified experts from the Bureau of Reclamation will review applications against the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. Final selection will be determined by the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, or regional officials, as applicable to the project.


Varies by project. Deadline information will be included in all funding opportunity announcements posted on


National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, Pub. L. 89-665, as amended; Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act of 1974, P.L. 93-291 and 16 U.S.C. 469-469 c.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the number of proposals received and the complexity of the project. Generally, offices review and award assistance agreements within 60 days of proposal submission.


None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.


Some projects may be eligible for extension. 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 availability of appropriated funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Agreements are typically awarded for periods of 1 to 5 years.

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on a quarterly basis: (1) SF-269/SF-269a Financial Status Reports, (2) SF-272 Report of Federal Cash Transactions, and (3) Program performance reports.

Annually, recipients shall submit an annual program performance report.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-269/SF-269a Financial Status Report, (2) final program performance report, and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) or more a year in Federal awards will have a single or a program specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than ($500,000 for fiscal years ending after December 1, 2003) a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Records, accounts, and supporting documents must be retained for 3 years after final request of reimbursement. For museum property, records must be in accordance with the specifications of 36 CFR Part 79 and 411 DM 1 through 3.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $899,669; FY 08 est not separately identifiable; and FY 09 est $289,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Heritage education agreements: one annually in the amount of $15,000. Curation agreements: Range $5,000 - $190,000. Agreements under the Archaeological and Historic Preservation Act: Range $25,000 - $250,000. Average approximately $50,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Reclamation's cultural resources management program is governed by 36 CFR Part 800; 43 CFR Part 7; Department of the Interior Manual Chapter 411, Chapters 1 through 3; and Reclamation Policy and Directives & Standards for Cultural Resources Management and Museum Property Management available at - page1/. 43 CFR 12 and 18, - page1/; OMB Circulars, These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Please see listing of contacts at .

Headquarters Office

Thomas Lincoln, Federal Preservation Officer, Bureau of Reclamation, P.O. Box 25007 (Mail Code: 84-53000), Denver, Colorado 80225-0007.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria used for selecting a recipient are based on a balanced and informed review of a technical proposal, budget proposal, and relevancy to program objectives. The specific evaluation criteria for each project will be included in the funding announcement posted on

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