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Community Partnership Project Grant

The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) offers awards of up to $1,000 toward the development and implementation of Community Partnership Projects (formerly known as Angels Projects) not associated with AIC's annual meeting.

Submission Deadline: February 15 or September 15

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  • Funds are to help defray organizational costs, necessary materials and supplies and other expenses such as marketing and publicity.
  • Materials and supplies should also be augmented through non-FAIC donations.
  • Community Partnership Projects pair conservators with collections that need care.
  • A group of conservators typically volunteer 1-2 days of their time to work with curators, archivists, or collections managers to provide basic care and rehousing for specific collections.
  • A successful Community Partnership Project includes local and regional publicity such as television, newspaper, and magazine coverage to publicize the need for collections care and preservation. All publicity and news releases must recognize FAIC’s financial support.


  • provides an opportunity for the site personnel to become familiar with conservation and conservators in their area
  • provides sites with an opportunity to establish ongoing relationships with local conservators who may assist with on-going and future conservation needs
  • provides the opportunity for conservators to become familiar with a site’s staff and facilities which in turn may aid in future emergency response and salvage operations
  • provides an opportunity for conservators and other volunteers to network and have fun
  • increases membership activity in regional conservation groups 
  • enhances public awareness of AIC and FAIC activities and the goals of the conservation profession as a whole

Sites may be historic houses, museums, or any organization that has a need for basic collections care, conservation consultation or simple preventive conservation such as re-housing collections. To qualify for this award, the site should have some financial need and have minimal conservation facilities or expertise on staff.

Criteria for Review

  • Urgency of project
  • Financial need of institution
  • Ability to achieve stated goals within the scope of the Community Partnership Project
  • Level of commitment demonstrated from site and conservators
  • Ability to publicize project to raise awareness of conservation within institution and community

It is important that the Project Coordinator assess the site’s conservation needs and identify high priority, yet achievable, tasks for the Community Partnership Project such as re-housing or surveys. In general, focused conservation treatments are not appropriate for this type of project. Sites are encouraged to have completed a conservation assessment prior to applying for a Community Partnership Partnership Grant. The Project Coordinator should be a conservator with experience in organizing events. The site must also have a Site Coordinator that will work with the Project Coordinator. Together the two coordinators should agree upon a specific goal for the project. This goal should be fully achievable within the time frame and proposed budget.

Application Process

Applications are submitted through our online application portal. When you enter the portal, you will be prompted to login to the system using a login ID and password. If you already have an account (this should be the case if you are an AIC member or have participated in an AIC or FAIC program), use the same login information you use to access that account. If you do not have an account in the system, you can quickly set one up before you begin your application.

  The online form will take you through the three sections of the application:
  1. Description (site information, letter of commitment from site director, project description)
  2. Coordinator information (names, contact information, and letters of commitment from Project Coordinator and Site Coordinator)
  3. Budget information (project costs and FAIC funding request)

You can save and return to your application later to complete it. When you are satisfied with your responses, “save and finalize” to submit your application. Once you have submitted the application, you cannot return to edit the form.

A committee reviews applications and makes recommendations to the FAIC board for final approval. Reviewers will follow the Reviewer Guidelines and an established evaluation rubric based on the criteria for review to evaluate all applications. We notify awardees six to eight weeks after the deadline. Projects should take place six weeks to twelve months after the application deadline.


Final Report

The Project Coordinator must submit a final report and the Site Coordinator must submit a site evaluation form within 60 days of the event directly to

The final report should include:

  • Evaluation Forms from each participant
  • Final Report written by the Project Coordinator including information on what worked, what could have been done better and how the event was publicized
  • A summary of expenses and sources of revenue for the project
  • Copies of publicity materials, such as news articles and photographs
  • Copies of project documentation such as conservation report summaries and brief photo documentation