Conservation Assessment Program
The CAP program was developed by Heritage Preservation in 1990 to assist small and medium-sized museums with grants towards assessing the condition of their collections. [Note: The Getty Conservation Institute and other organizations assisted in the development of the CAP assessment.]These non-competitive grants to museums were used to conduct general conservation assessments of collections, buildings and building systems, and collections care policies and procedures. A two-day site visit was made by a conservation professional who was often accompanied by a historic preservation consultant. The visit was summarized in a report which offered recommendations for next actions. Many museums used their CAP reports when raising funds for basic conservation needs. Over almost two and a half decades, several thousand museums received CAP assistance from this program which was supported through a cooperative agreement between the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Heritage Preservation.