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CCAHA's Preservation Needs Assessment Program

  • July 15, 2011

The Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is seeking applicants for its Preservation Needs Assessment Program. Through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), CCAHA is able to offer a limited number of subsidized preservation needs assessments for $350, including the assessor’s travel expenses.

Preservation Needs Assessment Program Grant Awards

Completing a preservation needs assessment is a key first step in developing a preservation plan for institutions and is essential when seeking funding for preservation and conservation initiatives.

The preservation needs assessment process encompasses a general evaluation of the institution's preservation needs for their collections and includes: environment (temperature, relative humidity, pollution and light), housekeeping, pest control, fire protection, security, and disaster preparedness; collection storage, handling, exhibition, and treatment; and preservation planning. The site visit consists of a review of the site, an examination of the collections, and interviews with relevant staff. The written report provides observations, recommendations, and resources to serve as a guide in the development of a comprehensive preservation plan for the collections.  In addition to pinpointing areas of concern, the preservation needs assessment is also a valuable fundraising tool.

Eligibility: Institutions with paper-based humanities collections that are available to the public on a regularly scheduled basis and that have national or regional significance are encouraged to apply.  Additional eligibility requirements can be found in the Call for Applicants.

Application Process and Deadline:

Download instructions

  • Click the link below to complete the pre-download form.
  • Once you have submitted this form, a link to the PDF of the application will appear.
  • Click this link to open the PDF, then save the PDF to your computer.

Please note: Applicants with Adobe Acrobat Professional installed on their computers will be able to type in their answers in the fields of the application PDF and save the document after making any changes.  Applicants with Adobe Acrobat Reader will also be able to type in their answers, but will not be able to save any changes.  In this case, please complete a rough draft by hand, then type in and print out answers in one sitting.

Please contact Preservation Services at if you have any trouble downloading or filling out the application.

Click here to complete the pre-download form and download the application.
All applications must be received by Friday, July 15, 2011.

If you have questions or want to discuss the suitability of this program for your institution: Please contact CCAHA’s Preservation Services Office at 215.545.0613, go to, or email

About CCAHA: Established in 1977, CCAHA is one of the largest nonprofit conservation facilities in the country. CCAHA  serves other nonprofit cultural, educational, and research institutions and specializes in the treatment of art and historic artifacts on paper and provides preservation education, training, and consultation.