Apply for Planning & Assessment Services by March 10!

Tue, 02/14/2023 - 10:30

Put your organization on a fast track to reaching program goals and becoming even better stewards of the collections in your care by participating in DHPSNY services — now offered in person or virtually. With just under a month before the spring deadline, it's the perfect time to start an application.

Start an Application Today!

To help decide which service is best for your program's needs, we've outlined each below with links to additional information and application materials. Our website also features helpful tools for navigating the application process, including frequently asked questions and sample applications

For assistance, questions about eligibility, or additional information, contact us at or (215) 545-0613 extension 337.

Strategic Planning Assistance

Developed in partnership with the New York Council of Nonprofits (NYCON), DHPSNY Strategic Planning Assistance assesses an organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats under the leadership of a trained facilitator. At the end of the process, your organization will have completed a three-year strategic plan, a document unique to your institution, identifying key goals to support and strengthen your organization with milestones to gauge your success along the way

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Archival Needs Assessments

An Archival Needs Assessment thoroughly examines your institution's archival program, identifying what's working, as well as areas of potential improvement. An Archival Needs Assessment pinpoints problems, recommends solutions, sets priorities, and guides the development of your archival program.

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Preservation Surveys

Preservation Survey is a general evaluation of your institution’s preservation needs and is a recommended step for any archival program. In addition to pinpointing areas of concern and recommendations for improvement, a Preservation Survey is a valuable tool in fundraising for collections care and is often a prerequisite for grants and other funding opportunities.

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Condition Surveys

Condition Survey is designed to evaluate the materials in a discrete collection. It is a valuable tool for institutions that have previously undergone a Preservation Survey (through DHPSNY or another program) and are now interested in evaluating the condition of collection materials on a more granular level.

If you are interested in pursuing a Condition Survey, please contact the DHPSNY team at or (215) 545-0613 extension 337.

Not quite ready to take part in the services above?

DHPSNY Foundational Planning Assistance is intended for organizations that need to invest in resource development and capacity building before they can reasonably embark on implementing recommendations frequently found in our other services. The overarching goal of Foundational Planning Assistance is to strengthen an organization’s capacity and prepare them to engage in a comprehensive assessment within the next one to three years. Applications for this service are accepted year-round on a rolling basis.

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