The deadline to submit an application to the 2013 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP) has now passed. To be notified of the availability of the 2014 application, please email us. And to help you prepare for the 2014 application, we've provided a sample application here.
Please note, if your museum sustained damage to collections or historic structures as a result of Superstorm Sandy, you may still be eligible for an emergency CAP assessment. To qualify, museums must be located in a federally declared disaster area. For more information, or to discuss your museum’s options, contact the CAP staff at 202-233-0800 or email us.
CAP provides a general conservation assessment of your museum's collection, environmental conditions, and site. Conservation priorities are identified by professionals who spend two days on-site and three days writing a report. The report can help your museum develop strategies for improved collections care and provide a tool for long-range planning and fundraising.
CAP offers a maximum of two assessors per institution. Most museums are provided a conservator to assess the museum's collections. If you have a historic structure (a building more than 50 years old), you may also qualify for a historic structure assessment. If your institution has living collections (zoos, aquariums, nature centers, botanical gardens, and arboreta), you can be provided a zoologist, botanist, or horticulturalist to assess your living collections.
The Conservation Assessment Program is supported through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
CAP publishes a semi-annual newsletter, CAPabilities, which focuses on CAPped museums and general collections care issues. To receive a copy, contact Heritage Preservation, 1012 14th St. NW, Suite 1200, Washington, DC 20005, phone 202-233-0800, or e-mail cap(a)heritagepreservation.org.