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Collections Assessment for Preservation

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

A CAP assessment is a study of the institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its collections care policies and procedures. The grant 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:

  • 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.

How can my institution apply?

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