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Collections Assessment for Preservation Program (CAP)

February 01, 2019
Grant Info: 

Application: CAP applications will be accepted from November 1, 2018 through February 1, 2019. Please visit for application information.

Program Overview:
The Collections Assessment for Preservation Program (CAP) is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. The program is designed to help small and mid-sized museums receive prioritized recommendations for improving the care of their collections.

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

A CAP assessment may assist small museums by:

  • identifying short- and long-term priorities for preventive conservation,
  • facilitating the development of a long-range preservation plan, and/or
  • serving as a fundraising tool for future collections projects

Museums of all kinds may apply for a CAP assessment. Please see for a complete list of eligibility criteria.

Press Releases:

Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program Applications Opening

IMLS and the FAIC Announce New Collections Assessment For Preservation Program

* Subject to the availability of funds and IMLS discretion.