The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) offers awards of up to $1,000 toward the development and implementation of Angels Projects not associated with AIC annual meetings. 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. All publicity and news releases must recognize FAIC’s financial support. Angels 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 Angels Project includes local and regional publicity such as television, newspaper, and magazine coverage to publicize the need for collections care and preservation.
Benefits of Angels Projects include:
- providing an opportunity for the site personnel to become familiar with conservation and conservators in their area
- providing sites with an opportunity to establish ongoing relationships with local conservators who may assist with on-going and future conservation needs
- providing 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
- providing an opportunity for conservators and other volunteers to network and have fun
- increasing membership activity in regional conservation groups
- enhancing public awareness of AIC 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 Angels 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 Angels Coordinator assess the site’s conservation needs and identify high priority, yet achievable, tasks for the Angels 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 an FAIC Angels project. The Angels Coordinator should be a conservator or be very familiar with conservation, and should have experience in organizing events. The site must also have a Site Coordinator that will work with the Angels 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. The Angels Coordinator will serve as the contact to the FAIC office. S/he is responsible for identifying a site, working with the Site Coordinator, developing the project budget, handling all logistical details, coordinating publicity, coordinating supplies, timely submission of application forms, and submitting the final report to the FAIC office.
Applications are due February 15 or September 15. Applications are reviewed by members of the AIC Education and Training Committee and a recommendation is made to the FAIC board for final approval. Awards will be announced six weeks after each deadline. Projects should take place six weeks to twelve months after the application deadline.
A final report
is to be submitted by the Angels Coordinator to the FAIC office within 60 days after the event. The final report should include:
- Evaluation Forms from each participant
- Final Report written by the Angels 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
A Site Evaluation Form should be sent directly to the FAIC office by the Site Coordinator. Final Report, Site Evaluation, and Participant Evaluation forms are available.