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Collections Assessment for Preservation Program

Deadline: February 1, 2020
Application: Please visit www.culturalheritage.org/cap for application information.

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Program Overview:

The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program is a joint effort of IMLS and the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation to help small and mid-sized museums better care for their collections.

A CAP assessment is a study of an institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its collections care policies and procedures. The assessment involves a site visit by collections and building assessors, who spend two days touring the museum and interviewing staff and governing officials. The assessors then prepare a comprehensive report that outlines recommendations for improving collections care.

A CAP assessment may assist small and mid-sized museums by:

  • Providing recommendations and priorities for collections care specific to your collections
  • Facilitating the development of a long-range preservation plan
  • Serving as a fundraising tool for future collections projects

How can my institution apply?

View the eligibility criteria and the application instructions to learn more.