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CCAHA's Philadelphia Stewardship Program seeks regional applicants for grant-funded collections care initiative

    • Westtown storage before and after

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is now accepting applications for its Philadelphia Stewardship Program.  This program is comprised of four grant-funded tracks that are designed to aid nonprofit institutions in caring for their collections.

The four collections care and management tracks are:

Track I: Preservation Needs Assessment
Institutions accepted into this track will receive a preservation needs assessment, which is a general evaluation of the institution’s preservation needs and is the first step in developing a preservation plan for collections.

Track II: Preservation Planning
Track II participants will work with CCAHA staff to develop a long-range preservation plan that creates a course of action to help the institution to meet its preservation goals.  Once this plan is completed, participants will be eligible to apply for a $2,500 matching grant to implement a recommendation in the plan.

Track III: Risk Assessment and Emergency Planning
Knowing collections risks and having a plan for emergencies is vital for collecting institutions.  In Track III, institutions will work with CCAHA to conduct a risk assessment.  Participating institutions will be required to develop an emergency information sheet for their organization and will be eligible to apply for a $1,000 grant to purchase emergency supplies or obtain further emergency response training.

Track IV: Collections Management Policies Development
Track IV participants will work with CCAHA on developing a set of written collections management policies or revising current policies.

Interested institutions must: be located within Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties; have a historic collection available to the public; make a 12 to 18 month commitment with board approval upon project completion; designate a staff member to manage the project; and commit to attending at least one workshop in CCAHA’s Collections Care Training Program.

Previous stewardship participants are encouraged to apply.

For additional information and applications, please visit the Philadelphia Stewardship Resource Center pages on our website.  Contact CCAHA’s Preservation Services staff at 215.545.0613 or with any questions or for assistance in deciding what track would be best for your institution.

All application materials for the Philadelphia Stewardship Program must be received by Friday, March 18, 2011.  See the application forms for additional program details, applicant requirements, and details on submitting application materials.

CCAHA’s Philadelphia Stewardship Program is funded by the William Penn Foundation which strives to improve the quality of life in the Greater Philadelphia region through efforts that foster rich cultural expression, strengthen children’s futures, and deepen connections to nature and community.  In partnership with others, the William Penn Foundation works to advance a vital, just, and caring community.

Image: Storage at Westtown School (West Chester, PA) before and then after participation in the Philadelphia Stewardship Program.