Wednesday, May 11, 2011

CCAHA’s Preservation Needs Assessment Program Grant Awards


The Conservation Center for Art and 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. Application forms and additional information about the Preservation Needs Assessment Program can be found at

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 are on CCAHA’s web site at

Application Process and Deadline: Application forms and additional information about the Preservation Needs Assessment Program can be found at

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, call 215.545.0613, go to, or email

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.