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CCAHA's Preservation Needs Assessment Program

  • April 30, 2012

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

A preservation needs assessment is a key first step in developing a preservation plan for collections. In addition to pinpointing areas of concern, the preservation needs assessment is widely recognized as a valuable tool in fundraising for collections.

The preservation needs assessment process encompasses a general evaluation of the institution's preservation needs for their collections: 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. Institutions selected to participate in CCAHA's Preservation Needs Assessment Program will receive a site visit consisting of a review of the site, an examination of the collections, and interviews with relevant staff. They will also receive a written report providing observations, recommendations, and resources to serve as a guide in the development of a comprehensive preservation plan for the collections.

Additional information can be found in the Call for Applicants.

Eligibility: Institutions with paper-based humanities collections that are available to the public on a regularly scheduled basis and have national or regional significance are eligible to apply. To be considered, an institution should demonstrate a strong commitment to collection care. The size of the institution’s paper-based collection must warrant a full-day survey. Federal institutions are not eligible.

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 pso@ccaha.org 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 Monday, April 30, 2012.

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 or pso@ccaha.org.