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CCAHA's Risk Assessment Program

  • July 15, 2011

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

Risk Assessment Program Grant Awards

A risk assessment is a necessary first step for developing an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan.  Institutions selected to participate in the program will work with a CCAHA staff member to complete a one day on-site consultation during which collections management policies and procedures, facilities and building location, environmental conditions, security and fire protection, pest and mold control, and weather and geographic risks are analyzed.  The written risk assessment report will provide observations, recommendations, and resources to help the institution mitigate risks and will also serve as a guide in the development of an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan for the collection and the institution. In addition, CCAHA staff will review any subsequent disaster planning documents and make suggestions for the successful implementation of the emergency plan.

Eligibility: Small to mid-sized institutions with humanities-based collections of regional or national significance in the Mid-Atlantic region (PA, NJ, DE, MD, NY, DC, VA, and WV) are eligible and 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 non-profit cultural, educational, and research institutions and specializes in the treatment of art and historic artifacts on paper and provides preservation education, training, and consultation.