November 21, 2017


FAIC Contact: Tiffani Emig, CAP Program Coordinator
Phone: (202) 750-3346

IMLS Contact: Giuliana Bullard
Phone: (202) 653-4799

Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program Accepting Applications Through Feb. 1

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Applications for the 2018 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program are now being accepted through February 1, 2018. CAP is administered by the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation (FAIC) under a three-year cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). 

The CAP program is open to small and medium-sized museums, zoos, aquariums, arboreta, and botanical gardens in the United States. Participating institutions receive support for a general conservation assessment from a qualified collections assessor and a building assessor. The two assessors work collaboratively to provide institutions with recommendations for improved collections care. Assessments consist of preparatory work, a two-day site visit, a written report, and a one-year follow-up consultation.

“CAP was, without question, two of the most productive and insightful days that our board and I have ever spent on our campus,” said recent CAP participant Mark Schmidt, Executive Director of Museums on the Green in Falmouth, Massachusetts. 

Program details and a link to the online application are available at

About FAIC
FAIC, the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, supports conservation education, research, and outreach activities that increase understanding of our global cultural heritage. Learn more about FAIC at

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