Collections Assessment for Preservation Program (CAP)
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Grant amount: Unspecified amount in in-kind support
Anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2019
Applicant type: Museum/Library/Zoo
Funding uses: General Operating Expense
Location of project: Anywhere in the world
Location of residency: Marshall Islands; Micronesia, Federated States Of; Palau; United States; American Samoa; Guam; Northern Mariana Islands; Puerto Rico; Virgin Islands Expand allView website Save Need help writing this grant?
- identifying short- and long-term priorities for preventive conservation,
- facilitating the development of a long-range preservation plan, and/or
- serving as a fundraising tool for future collections projects
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- To be eligible for the Collections Assessment for Preservation Program, an institution must meet all of the following criteria:
- It must be either a unit of state, local, or tribal government or be a private nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code.
- It must be located in one of the 50 States of the United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau.
- It must be organized on a permanent basis for educational or aesthetic purposes.
- It must own tangible objects (animate or inanimate) and make them available to the general public through exhibition and/or research on a regular basis.
- It must employ at least one full-time person (or the full-time equivalent of one or more staff members), whether paid or unpaid, whose responsibilities relate to the institution’s governance, administration, programming, and collections management.
- It must be possible for assessors to review all of its collections and facilities in a two-day site visit.
- Museums of all kinds may apply for a CAP assessment. These include:
- Art museums
- Botanical gardens*
- Children’s/Youth museums
- General museums (those having two or more significant disciplines, such as a museum of art and natural history)
- Historic houses/sites
- History museums (including those housed in historic buildings)
- Natural history/anthropology museums
- Nature centers
- Science/Technology museums
- Specialized museums (limited to a single distinct subject, such as a maritime museum)
- Zoological parks*
- Botanical gardens and arboretums may use CAP to assess the preservation needs of both their living and non-living collections.
- Institutions with fully surveyed living animal collections (such as those accredited by the AZA) may use CAP to assess the needs of their non-living collections and the animals’ physical conditions and habitats.
- Size: Qualifying institutions must be able to have all of their collections and exhibition spaces (including any off-site storage) assessed within a two-day period.
- What institutions are NOT eligible?
- agencies of the federal government
- institutions that primarily serve as a library or archive
- historic structures without collections
- institutions with collections that take more than two days to assess
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