To support the efforts of museums to conserve the
Nation's historic, scientific, and cultural heritage; to maintain and expand
museums and libraries educational roles; and to ease the financial burden
borne by museums and libraries as a result of their increasing use by the
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
Direct Payments for Specified Use. Place Cursor Here for Definition
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
To make grants to museums for the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). CAP
funds an overall assessment of the conditions of a museum's environment and
collections to identify conservation needs and priorities.
Applicant Eligibility: A museum located in the 50
States, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands,
the Northern Mariana Islands, the Trust Territories of the Pacific Islands,
Guam, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, The Federated States of
Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau, or the District of Columbia may apply
for a grant under this Act. A public or private nonprofit organization, such
as a municipality, college, or university which is responsible for the
operation of a museum, if necessary, may apply on behalf of the museum. A
museum operated by a department or agency of the Federal government is not
eligible to apply. Under the IMLS definition, a museum is a public or private
nonprofit institution which is organized on a permanent basis for essentially
educational or aesthetic purposes and which, using a professional staff: (1)
Owns or uses tangible objects, whether animate or inanimate; (2) cares for
these objects; and (3) exhibits them to the general public on a regular basis.
A museum must have at least one staff member, paid or unpaid, who devotes his
or her time primarily to the acquisition, care or exhibition of objects. The
definition makes clear that the term "museum" includes aquariums and
zoological parks; botanical gardens and arboretums; nature centers; art,
history, (including historic buildings and sites), natural history,
children's, general and specialized museums, science and technology centers
Beneficiary Eligibility: Public nonprofit museums
and private nonprofit museums benefit.
Credentials/Documentation: Costs will be
determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local
governments. OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions and other
nonprofit organizations also applies.
Pre-application Coordination: The standard
application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB
Circular No. A-102 must be used for this program. This program is excluded
from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure: To participate in the
Conservation Assessment Program, a museum must contact Historic Preservation,
Inc., at 1730 K Street, NW., Suite 566, Washington DC 20006. Telephone: (202)
635-1422. FAX: (202) 635-1435.
Award Procedure: Proposals are reviewed by
Historic Preservation Inc., and IMLS to determine the assessments awarded by
IMLS to eligible applicants.
Deadlines: Contact the Institute of Museum and
Library Services for deadlines. Telephone: (202) 606-8539 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: The range is
approximately 4 months.
Appeals: Appeals may be made in writing to the
Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Renewals: The IMLS may extend particular grants,
contracts, or cooperative agreements at the discretion of the Director.
Formula and Matching Requirements: 45 CFR 1180. The
Conservation Assessment Program is funded by the Institute of Museum and
Library Services. CAP museums share a percentage of the cost of the
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: CAP grants
are paid directly to the grantees.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Final reports are required from a
Conservation Assessment Program grantees.
Audits: Audits not required for application.
Records: Grant and contract recipients will be
required to maintain standard and financial statements.
Account Identification: 59-0300-0-1-503.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $820,000; FY 02 est
$820,000; and FY 03 est $820,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance: For
fiscal year 2001, CAP awards averaged $6,000.
Headquarters Office: Institute of Museum and
Library Services, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Room 510, NW., Washington, DC
20506. Contacts: Noelle Giguere at (202) 606-8550, Public Affairs at (202)
606-8339, or email@example.com. For general information visit www.imls.gov or
call (202) 606-5226 for information on library programs and (202) 606-8539 for
information on museum programs. The TTY number is (202) 606-8636.
Web Site Address: http://www.imls.gov.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Conservation Assessment Program grants to all museums, including historic
houses, anthropology museums, aviation history were awarded.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
The following criteria apply to the evaluation of all applications for
Conservation Assessment Program: first come, first served to eligible museums.