Jess Unger, Emergency Programs Coordinator, FAIC, has sent an update to make everyone aware of an opportunity that IMLS and FAIC have been able to make available to museums affected by recent disasters. A brief synopsis is provided below. This information is also distributed on the HERAlistserv. Please share this with your colleagues where applicable and you may contact Tiffani Emig with any questions: (firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-750-3346)
(FAIC) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announce the availability of Emergency Collections Assessment for Preservation support. Based on the existing Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program, the Emergency CAP will help those collecting institutions in federally declared disaster areas receive post-disaster collections care recommendations from conservation and building professionals on an expedited basis.
Emergency CAPs follow the general guidelines of the Collections Assessment for Preservation program, with the following exceptions:
- Only museums affected by recent federally-declared disasters are eligible.
- Museums of any size are eligible for an Emergency CAP. Small and mid-sized museums will receive a general conservation assessment. Larger museums will receive a review of preservation/conservation plans for the structure and/or those parts of their collections which have been damaged by the emergency or disaster.
- Assessor allocations for Emergency CAPs range from $3500-$4900 per assessor, based on institutional budget, need, and available funds.
- Applications for Emergency CAPs are reviewed immediately upon receipt. Applicants are typically notified of their status within two weeks of application.
- Program schedules and deadlines are determined by each institution and its team of assessors, subject to approval by FAIC. All program activities must occur within one year of notification of program acceptance.
Museums include, but are not limited to, aquariums, arboretums, art museums, botanical gardens, children’s/youth museums, general museums, historic houses/sites, history museums, natural history/anthropology museums, nature centers, planetariums, science/technology centers, and zoological parks.
Limited funding is available.