Archaeological Assessment Grant

Archaeologists excavating a shovel test unit at the Archaeological Testing at the Halfway House - Dickey/ Jakoby Farm (5WL.6563).

Archaeological Testing at the Halfway House - Dickey/ Jakoby Farm (5WL.6563) SHF Grant # 21-AS-002.

Centennial Archaeology

Archaeological Assessment Grants fund initial archaeological data collection and analysis. These projects lay the foundation for future work, site preservation, and/or interpretation.

Types of Archaeological Assessments

  • Site-specific assessments develop baseline documentation for known archaeological sites and/or collections.
  • Small survey assessments assess areas with known archaeological potential for archaeological resources.
  • Research assessments test archaeological research methodologies.


Request Amount: Up to $15,000.

Cash Match: None until July 1, 2021. Starting July 1, 2021, there is a 10% cash match of the project total required for nonprofit/governmental entity owners and 25% for private/for-profit owners.

Designation: Historic designation is not required. Sites and areas are eligible for funding if they exhibit a high potential for research or interpretation.

Scope: Limited to initial project planning. See the competitive grant program for phased projects. Archaeological documentation must meet specifications set by the State Historic Preservation Office for site forms, reports, and GIS shapefiles.

Budget: Line items must denote all the costs of the project such as contractual services or travel costs. Budgets must contain a calculation, or reference a proposal document that contains a calculation, that shows how the budget amount has been derived.

Permits: The appropriate archaeology permit is required. Federal archaeology permits for projects on Federal lands. State archaeology permits are required for all other projects.

Ineligible Expenses:

  • Contingency
  • Work required by Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act
  • Direct preservation, mitigation, and/or interpretation activities
  • Excavation

Application Deadlines: Year-round.

Award Announcement: Applicants are notified within 30-45 days of submitting a complete application. If additional material or information is needed from the applicant, this may be longer. If awarded, the contracting process can take up to a month before the project can begin. If funding is no longer available within the current fiscal year, an approved application will be put in a queue for funding at the beginning of the next fiscal year.

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