The Moe Family Fund for Statewide and Local Partners: Grant Guidelines

The Moe Family Fund for Statewide and Local Partners supports current dues-paying members of the National Preservation Partners Network (NPPN) with grants focused on strengthening preservation organizations and addressing pressing issues in the preservation field. For 2023, grant-funded projects will fall in one of three categories:

  • Advocacy
  • Capacity Building
  • Climate Change

While recognizing there are interconnections between these categories, applicants must select one main category for the project. Applicants can describe overlapping aspects with a second category in the application.

Applicants are encouraged to embark on projects and activities outside the existing scope of their work, but the Fund also will support initiatives that take existing programs to a new level. Priority will be given to innovative, impactful, and replicable projects. Priority will also be given to projects that have the potential to leverage additional financial support for the proposed work, and to projects that encourage collaboration and innovative partnerships. Projects may stand alone or be part of a larger initiative.

Through the Fund, a maximum of $50,000 will be awarded in 2023 with a limit of $10,000 per grant award.

The review process will be completed within eight weeks of the application deadline, and applicants will be notified by e-mail when the review process is complete. The 2023 application deadline is December 15, 2023.

Eligible Applicants

Dues-paying members of the National Preservation Partners Network are eligible to apply for grants from the Moe Family Fund for Statewide and Local Partners. If two or more NPPN member organizations are jointly working on a project, please select one organization to serve as the applicant and fiscal agent for the project. Applicants that have received previous or current National Trust financial assistance are eligible provided that all grant requirements are currently being met. Only one grant will be awarded per organization in any grant round, and only one grant from this fund will be awarded to an organization within a two-year period.

Grant Conditions

  • Applicants must be capable of matching the grant amount on a one-to-one basis. The required match can come from private or public sources, from income earned from registration fees or sales, or from fundraising activities, including non-NTHP grants. Matching funds must be used to fund eligible expenses listed below.
  • Other funding from the National Trust may not be used to match a Moe Family Fund grant.
  • Grants or matching funds cannot be used directly or indirectly to influence a member of Congress to favor or oppose any legislation or appropriation.
  • Any documents or plans for preservation work that result from the project must conform to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.
  • Grantee agrees that all procurement of goods and services for the Project shall be conducted in a manner that provides maximum open and free competition and consideration of minority and women-owned business enterprises. Grantee must also maintain adequate procedures to ensure that the procurement of goods and services, including consultant services, do not present a conflict of interest.
  • Consultants, if being used, must be approved by the National Trust before grant funds are disbursed. This approval process will happen post-notification. Board members of the applicant organization cannot serve as consultants unless appropriate conflict of interest procedures are followed and documented.
  • Grant recipients are required to sign a contract agreeing to the conditions of the program.
  • Grant recipients must include appropriate acknowledgement of National Trust financial support in all printed materials generated for the project.
  • Grant recipients are required to sign a contract agreeing to the conditions of the program.
  • Grant projects must either begin within six months of award date or a formal extension must be requested by email. Failure to begin the project or request an extension in this time frame may result in the cancellation of the grant and you will need to reapply for funding.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will select grant recipients by considering, among other factors, the following criteria:

  • Degree to which the proposed project will address one of the three identified categories
  • Creativity and innovation above and beyond the organization’s existing programs, or the extent to which an existing program is being taken to a new level
  • Evidence that the activity or project would probably not be undertaken without this seed money
  • The projected outcome of the project and the potential for catalytic effect
  • Potential for demonstrable short-term and long-term impact
  • Replicability and transferability, i.e., potential for the project or activity to be a model for other Partner organizations
  • The project’s budget and the applicant’s proven ability to secure a match
  • Potential to leverage additional funds for the project
  • Realistic timeline for the project
  • Qualifications of the key personnel, including consultants
  • Demonstrated ability of the applicant to complete preservation projects

Eligible Expenses

Eligible expenses that can be funded through this grant include:

  • Salaries for staff members working directly on the grant-funded project. Staff members included in the budget must have specific expertise that will contribute to the project's success.
  • Consultant fees and travel expenses
  • Speaker or writer fees and expenses
  • Research costs
  • Professional development and training
  • Contracted professional expertise and services
  • Computer software and programs
  • Costs associated with community workshops, seminars, and forums
  • Public relations and/or media or advocacy campaign expenses
  • Material and services, such as printing, photographs, and supplies (with the exception of publication projects, these costs must not to exceed 10 percent of the project budget)

Ineligible Expenses

Ineligible expenses include:

  • General organizational overhead
  • Catering, food, beverage, and entertainment
  • Brick and mortar construction expenses
  • Computer hardware
  • Website design and development
  • Acquisition of real property or objects
  • Historic resource surveys to create inventories or list resources in the National Register
  • Expenses incurred prior to the grant award dates

How to apply

Complete an application for the Moe Family Fund for Statewide and Local Partners here. (Please note: you will be taken to our grants application system where you will create a user profile for your organization. This is a separate login than your National Trust login.) If you have questions please email us.

The application access code is “Moe Fund”.

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