Need help from a conservator? Call 202-452-9545 or use our Find a Conservator tool.

National Heritage Responders

Is an Emergency Affecting your Collection? 

Is an emergency (such as a natural or manmade disaster) affecting your institution? Call our response team 24/7 at 202-661-8068.  
Learn more here.

Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program

What is the CAP Program?

The Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) Program is a new program that provides partial funding toward a general conservation assessment for small or mid-sized institutions. The assessment covers all of the institution's collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. 

CAP is a multiple-step process requiring close collaboration between:
  • The institution's paid or volunteer staff
  • A collections professional (whose focus may be living or non-living collections)
  • An architect, engineer, or architectural conservator
The finished product is a complete assessment report with prioritized recommendations to improve collections care. The CAP report assists the institution by:
  • Providing recommendations and priorities for collections preservation action
  • Facilitating the development of a long-range preservation plan
  • Serving as a fundraising tool for future collections projects
CAP is often a first step for small institutions that wish to improve the condition of their collections. 

How Do I Become a CAP Assessor?

CAP participants select their own assessors from a list of Approved Assessors. To be placed on the list, collections care professionals must complete an application demonstrating that they meet the following eligibility qualifications:

  • professional training in conservation, zoology, botany or horticulture, architectural conservation/preservation, architecture, landscape architecture, or engineering
  • at least five years of experience in preservation, conservation, or collections care in one of the above fields
  • experience conducting general conservation assessments 
Applications will be available on this webpage as soon as they have been approved through a federal review process. If you would like to receive an email notification when assessor applications are available, please let us know in an email to

When Can My Institution Learn More or Apply?

FAIC staff is currently working with IMLS and a Steering Committee to develop policies and procedures for this new program. We expect to open applications for the 2017 CAP Program in late fall 2016. Additional information will be posted here as it becomes available. 

If you would like to receive an email notification when we are able to announce the application opening date, please send an email request to

Additional Collections Care Information

If your institution is looking for information about caring for collections, visit our Resources for Museums and Collecting Institutions page.

You can also find information about grants for conservation projects on our Outside Funding Sources page.