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Apply now for free collections care and management assistance from CCAHA's preservation specialists

    • Anna at Fundamentals of Caring for Paper Collections Part II: Constructing Storage Enclosures

CCAHA's Philadelphia Stewardship Program offers Philadelphia-area institutions the opportunity to work free-of-charge with CCAHA staff to create preservation needs assessments, long-range preservation plans, and risk assessments.

Three tracks in this grant-funded collections care initiative are now open for application:

Track I: Preservation Needs Assessment
Track I institutions will receive a preservation needs assessment, a general evaluation of the institution’s preservation needs and 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, creating a course of action to help meet preservation goals. Once the plan is complete, each participant can apply for a $2,500 matching grant to implement one of the plan's recommendations.

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

Find application forms and more information on each of the tracks on our website.  Call 215.545.0613 or email for assistance in determining which track best suits your institution.

Please note:

Interested institutions must be located within Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia counties; have a historic collection available to the public; designate a staff member to manage the project; and commit to attending at least one workshop in CCAHA’s 2012 Collections Care Training program.

All application materials for the Philadelphia Stewardship Program must be received by Thursday, March 1, 2012.  See the application forms for additional program details, applicant requirements, and details on submitting application materials.

Previous stewardship participants are encouraged to apply.

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: CCAHA Senior Conservation Assistant Anna Yates Krain (left) at the 2011 Collections Care Training workshop "Fundamentals of Caring for Paper Collections Part II: Constructing Storage Enclosures"