Grants for Museums in 2018: FAIC Funding Opportunity

November 29, 2017

FAIC Funding Opportunity: 2018 Collections Assessment for Preservation ( CAP ) Program

The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) announced the opening of the application period for the 2018 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program with a deadline to apply of February 1, 2018.

What is CAP

The CAP program is open to small and medium-sized museums, zoos, aquariums, arboreta, and botanical gardens in the United States.

Participating institutions receive funding for a general conservation assessment from a qualified collections and building assessor. The 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 two assessors work collaboratively to provide institutions with prioritized recommendations for improved collections care.

CAP Assessments

Assessments consist of preparatory work, a two-day site visit, a written report, and a one-year follow-up consultation. CAP is often a first step for small institutions that wish to improve the condition of their collections or develop a long-range preservation plan, and can serve as a fundraising tool for future collections projects. Additional information on the CAP process, eligibility, and applications are available at

 CAP is administered by FAIC under a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

More Information For Museums Interested In Funding

  • Learn more about the CAP program by reviewing the assessment processeligibility requirements, costs, and benefits. Find the answers to common questions on the FAQs page.
  • If your museum was impacted by a recent federally-declared disaster, you may be eligible for Emergency CAP assessment. Learn more.

For Current Participants Interested In Funding

  • We’re pleased to connect you with these free resources that may be useful before, during, and after a conservation assessment.

For Assessors Interested In Funding

  • Are you a conservation or preservation professional interested in performing general conservation assessments for the CAP program?
  • Visit the Assessors page to learn more about becoming an Approved Assessor.




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