Heritage Preservation and IMLS, as part of their Conservation Assessment Program have opened a call for applications for museums impaced by Hurrican Sandy to receive immediate, emergency conservation assessment of their collections, environmental conditions, and site conditions.
Eligibility for these free, federally-funded services can be found on this page.
Accepted applicants will be quickly matched with a professional conservator and/or historical preservationist, schedule an on-site visit and assessment, and receive a report that "outlines immediate, midterm, and long-range goals" and "provide[s] staff and board members with a path to recovery and an opportunity to review the museum’s collections care priorities."
As the website notes, "museums include, but are not limited to, aquariums, arboretums, art museums, botanical gardens, children’s/youth museums, general museums (those having two or more significant disciplines), historic houses/sites, history museums, natural history/anthropology museums, nature centers, planetariums, science/technology centers, specialized museums (limited to a single distinct subject), and zoological parks" and must be located in a federally declared disaster area.
The CAP application is available at this webpage and the deadline for submission is Tuesday, January 15, 2013.