From the American Institute for Conservation (AIC)/Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) website: “The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program provides small and mid-sized museums with partial funding toward a general conservation assessment. The assessment is a study of all of the institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. Participants who complete the program receive an assessment report with prioritized recommendations to improve collections care. CAP is often a first step for small institutions that wish to improve the condition of their collections.”

The deadline to submit an application is September 15th. For more information and to apply, please visit the AIC/FAIC website:

Emergency CAP

The CAP program includes an Emergency CAP, which has a flexible schedule for museums to apply if they have been impacted by a recent federally-declared major disaster. From AIC/FAIC’s website, “The goal is to help museums in federally declared disaster areas receive post-disaster collections care recommendations from conservation and building professionals on an expedited basis…Applications for Emergency CAPs are reviewed immediately upon receipt. Applicants are typically notified of their status within two weeks of application.”

For more information on the Emergency CAP and its eligibility requirements, please visit the Emergency CAP webpage: