Due to federal budget issues, the release of the 2014 CAP application has been delayed. Please email CAP staff to be added to the email list for notification as soon as the application is available. You may also begin preparing the necessary information by consulting the sample CAP application. The 2014 application deadline will be extended.
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.