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Grants to USA Museums to Enhance Collections

Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program

GrantWatch ID# 187376
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
American Institute for Conservation (AIC), Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) and Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/28/23 11:59 PM EDT Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories museums to enhance the quality of museum collections. Funding is intended to support the evaluation of museum buildings, collections, systems, procedures, collections care, and conservation policies. Eligible museums include art museums, arboreta, historic sites, zoos, and botanical gardens, including those belonging to parent nonprofit organizations or government agencies.

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.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Museums of all kinds may apply for a CAP assessment. These include: aquariums, arboretums, art museums, botanical gardens, children’s/youth museums, general museums, historic houses/sites, history museums, natural history/anthropology museums, nature centers, planetariums, science/technology museums, specialized museums, and zoological parks.

To be eligible for CAP, institutions must meet ALL of the eligibility criteria below.
- It must be either a unit of state, local, or tribal government or be a private nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code.
- It must be located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.
- It must be organized on a permanent basis for educational or aesthetic purposes.
- It must own tangible objects (animate or inanimate) and make them available to the general public through exhibition and/or research on a regular basis.
- It must employ at least one full-time person (or the full-time equivalent of one or more staff members), whether paid or unpaid, whose responsibilities relate to the institution’s governance, administration, programming, and collections management.
- It must be possible for assessors to review all of its collections and facilities in a two-day site visit.

Qualifying institutions must be able to have all of their collections and exhibition spaces (including any off-site storage) assessed within a two-day period.

Pre-Application Information

Contact Information
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If you have any questions or would like to be added to our notification list for the next application cycle, please email

American Institute for Conservation (AIC)
Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC)
727 15th Street NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20005

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