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The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) is seeking applicants to participate in its National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant-funded Preservation Needs Assessment and Vulnerability Assessment Programs. Through funding from the NEH, CCAHAis able to offer a limited number of subsidized preservation needs assessments and vulnerability assessments for $350. The funding also covers the assessor’s travel expenses. Application forms and additional information about the Preservation Needs Assessment and Vulnerability Assessment Programs can be found at http://www.ccaha.org/services/surveys-consultation

Preservation Needs Assessment Grant Awards

This survey is a key first step in developing a preservation plan for institutions. In addition to pinpointing areas of concern, the preservation needs assessment is a valuable tool in fundraising. The preservation needs assessment process encompasses a general evaluation of the institution’s preservation needs for their collection(s): environment (temperature, relative humidity, pollution and light), housekeeping, pest control, fire protection, security, and disasterpreparedness; collection storage, handling, exhibition, and treatment; and preservation planning. The site visit consists of a review of the site, an examination of the collection(s), 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 collection.

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. Additional eligibility requirements can be found here.

Vulnerability Assessment Grant Awards

A vulnerability assessment is a necessity for developing an Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan. The surveyor will complete a one day on-site consultation, analyzing collections management policies and procedures; facilities and building location; environmental conditions; security and fire protection; pest and mold control; and weather and geographic risks. The written vulnerability assessment report will provide observations, recommendations, and resources to 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 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). Additional eligibility requirements can be found here.

Application Process and Deadline:

Application forms and additional information about the Preservation Needs Assessment and Vulnerability Assessment Programs can be found at http://www.ccaha.org/services/surveys-consultation

All applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

If you have questions or want to discuss the suitability of these programs for your institution, please contact CCAHA’s Preservation Services Office, call (215) 545-0613, go to http://www.ccaha.org/ or email pso@ccaha.org .

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