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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.

Apply for CAP

Learn more about the CAP program by reviewing the assessment process, eligibility requirements, costs, and benefits. Applications are open November 1, 2019, through February 1, 2020.

You can also download a pdf of our CAP Sample Application.

You may want to view the recorded version of our An Introduction to CAP webinar. The webinar provides an overview of the program and tips for applying.


For questions about the CAP program, contact or 202.750.3346.


Are you a conservation or preservation professional interested in performing general conservation assessments for the CAP program? Learn more about our Approved Assessor list.

CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between FAIC and the Institute of Museum and Library Service.