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Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program

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.

CAP is administered by FAIC under a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Funding for each program year is subject to the availability of funds in the federal budget.

For any questions or if you would like to be added to our notification list for the next application cycle please email

Participant Portal


Current assessors can find program materials and tools to assist in report writing on our Assessor Resources page.

Are you a conservation or preservation professional interested in performing general conservation assessments for the CAP program? Learn how to Become an Assessor.