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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.



  • Submit an application through the FAIC online application portal before the deadline of 11:59 p.m. ET, September 15, 2021. If you would like to request a paper-based application, please contact

sample application is available for review. This is provided for your internal review only. Please do not submit the sample application. 


CAP is administered by FAIC under a cooperative agreement with IMLS. Funding for the 2021 program year is subject to the availability of funds in the federal FY2021 budget.

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


Current program participants can access program materials by logging in to the CAP 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.

CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation and the Institute of Museum and Library Service.