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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.
Site visit by assessor Rachael Arenstein

What is CAP?

Explore more about the CAP program by reviewing the assessment process, eligibility requirements, costs, and benefits. Find the answers to common questions on our FAQs page. Still have questions? Contact our program staff!

When is the application period?

Though the 2017 application cycle closed on March 1st, additional funding may become available. Applications from eligible institutions will be considered for any additional funding in the order in which they are received. Visit the Apply page to begin or return to an application.


We're pleased to connect you with these free resources that may be useful before, during, and after a conservation assessment.

Is CAP Right for My Institution?

View the transcript from the Is CAP Right for My Institution? webinar held on January 17, 2017.
Light monitoring - Anya McDavis-Conway

For Assessors

Are you a conservation or preservation professional interested in performing general conservation assessments for the CAP program? 

Visit our Assessors page to learn more about becoming an Approved Assessor.
CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation.