2022 Moe Fund Recipients Address Key Preservation Challenges

By Lizzy Barringer posted 02-14-2023 06:00


The Moe Family Fund for Statewide and Local Partners, established by former National Trust President Richard Moe and his family, supports members of the National Preservation Partners Network (NPPN). The 2021 and 2022 funding cycles of this program focused on the key issues outlined by the Preservation Prioritizes Task Force, a two-year project by NPPN and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, that brings together advocates from across the country to help statewide and local organizations address four significant, interrelated issues facing the preservation movement:

  • Affordable housing and density
  • Diversity, inclusion, and racial justice
  • Preservation trades and workforce development
  • Sustainability and climate action.

In the fall of 2022, seven organizations were awarded a total of $50,000 in funding from the Moe Family Fund to support projects that address these key challenges through innovative preservation solutions.

Affordable Housing and Density 

A view of a new house in Washington, D.C.

Listing photo of one of The L’Enfant Trust’s completed rehabilitation projects. | Credit: The L'Enfant Trust

The L’Enfant Trust was awarded $10,000 to develop a strategic development plan for the organization’s Historic Properties Redevelopment Program (HPRP). The plan will outline new messaging tactics, collateral, and developmental strategies to raise awareness, help broaden the pool of potential donors, and support long-term growth of the program with the goal of better positioning preservation as a solution to increasing the supply of affordable housing in Washington, D.C.

Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice

View of an exhibit in a wide room with a brown back wall.

We Built This: Profiles of Black Architects and Builders in North Carolina traveling exhibit at the Greg Poole, Jr. All Faiths Chapel at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, NC. | Credit: David Strevel, Capital City Camera Club Preservation

North Carolina was awarded $5,000 to commission essays from diverse writers for a book to be published by UNC Press tentatively titled “We Built This: Profiles of Black Architects and Builders in NC.” A comprehensive education program about the many contributions of Black people to the construction of the state’s built heritage includes the book, traveling exhibit, two-part documentary film, and targeted properties fund to help protect places of African American significance.

Latinos in Heritage Conservation was awarded $10,000 to enhance and expand their “Latinx Preservation Advocacy Toolkit,” a free community resource which will include a series of short, bilingual videos and a digital handbook that weigh the advantages of historic preservation, demystify formal processes and language, highlight Latinx heritage conservation success stories, and share best practices for grassroots place-based advocacy.

Preservation Trades and Workforce Development

Exterior of a stone house with a balcony and three windows.

One of Student Conservation Association’s project sites, the Ramsay House at First State National Historical Park. The project includes repointing and restoring lime wash to exterior stonework, installing security panels, fabricating louvered ventilation, and removing vegetation.| Credit: Student Conservation Association.

Student Conservation Association was awarded $5,000 in support of the Historic Preservation Project Series), a new initiative that creates hands-on learning opportunities for young people in preservation trades and will help address deferred preservation maintenance needs in national parks.

Preservation Trades Network (PTN) was awarded $5,000 to update the organization’s website to improve public accessibility, PTN Board Member interface, and the members-only area. This will directly impact people’s connection to the historic trades workforce by making it easier to research career options, learn more about preservation trades, and find like-minded professionals.

Sustainability and Climate Action 

An image of a person installing flood panels over entrances during a rain storm.

Flood panels being installed at 46 South Battery prior to Hurricane Dorian, 2019. | Credit  New York Post.

Preservation Society of Charleston was awarded $10,000 to develop guidelines on best practices for building the resilience of historic properties while maintaining their character and integrity. As a community that is especially vulnerable to the risks of climate change, this work will support Charleston’s long-term preservation and serve as a model for other historic, coastal communities.

Historic New England was awarded $5,000 to support the Historic New England Summit, an interdisciplinary conference designed to bring together more than 400 professionals from the region to convene about their collective roles in creating livable and resilient communities. Historic New England used this stage to bring the topics of inclusivity and sustainability to the forefront of the conversation, thus informing their future work and evolution as a heritage organization.

Lizzy Barringer is the manager for grants and awards at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.