Monday, November 10, 2014

CAP Application Now Available!

2015 Conservation Assessment Program Application Available

Heritage Preservation is pleased to announce the availability of Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) application until the program deadline of December 1, 2014. The 2015 program year marks the 25th anniversary of CAP, and the admittance of our 3000th museum! 

In honor of our 25th anniversary, we are soliciting stories from previous CAP recipients, as well as the assessors to help us better understand the impact CAP has had in the field of museum conservation and preservation. To thank museums for contributing their stories and to encourage further conservation efforts, two museums will be chosen to receive a $1,000.00 gift certificate for conservation supplies, and one assessor will be thanked for their contributions to the field with $500.00 to go towards professional development. The application is short and should not take long to fill out.

CAP is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum & Library Services, and is administered by Heritage Preservation. The program provides technical assistance to small to mid-sized museums to hire a professional conservator, approved by Heritage Preservation, for a two-day site visit.  The CAP assessor uses the site visit to examine the museum’s collections, environmental conditions, and sites.  The assessor then spends three days writing a report recommending priorities to improve collections care.  The assessment reports submitted by professional conservators can assist the museum in developing strategies for improved collections care, long-range planning, and fund-raising for collections care.

Funds are awarded based on the museum’s budget, so the cost to the museum varies. All museums are awarded a collections assessor.  Museums with buildings older than 50 years receive additional funds for an architectural assessor to identify priorities for care of the building(s).  In the case of institutions such as zoos, aquariums, nature centers, botanical gardens, and arboreta, CAP can fund a specialist to assess the living collections as well as the non-living collections. 

Since CAP is limited to a two-day site visit, museums with small to mid-sized collections are most appropriate for this program.  Larger institutions are encouraged to contact IMLS for information on the Museums for America (MFA) grant.  MFA grants fund a variety of conservation projects, including general conservation surveys that can accommodate a more extensive site visit by a professional conservator.

Geared toward smaller institutions, the CAP application process is simple, and awards are made to eligible applicants as funding permits.  The 2015 CAP application will be open until Monday, December 1, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. The online application can be accessed at A link to this website, as well as to a fillable PDF can be found at   

To receive further information, visit our website at:

Or, contact us at:

Conservation Assessment Program
Heritage Preservation
1012 14th Street, NW
Suite 1200
Washington, D.C.  20005

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