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Community Preservation Grant

Town of Yarmouth, Department of Community Development, Community Preservation Act (CPA)


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #146143

Grant Description

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Grants to Massachusetts organizations for projects that conserve community resources in eligible regions. Funding is intended for programs and activities within the interest areas of community housing, historic preservation, open spaces, and recreation. Grants are available for projects that address more than one community-based preservation focus area and that benefit the Yarmouth community.

General goals:

  1. Serves a community purpose with a public benefit. 
  2. Preserves a resource that would otherwise be lost. 
  3. Leverages other public and private resources to the greatest extent possible. 
  4. Address more than one community preservation target area. 
  5. Are consistent with the Town’s local planning efforts.

Community Housing Goals:

  1. Assist the Town in reaching the 10% goal for affordable housing as set forth in MGL. c. 40B. 
  2. Meet the regulations and guidelines of the Department of Housing and Community Development  (DHCD) Local Initiative Program (LIP) to qualify in the 40B Subsidized Housing Inventory.
  3. Promote affordable housing opportunities consistent with the Town’s Housing Production Plan. 
  4. Promote the re-use and redevelopment of existing properties.
  5. Promote local preference for Yarmouth residents and employees.
  6. Preserve the affordability of units in perpetuity.

Historic Resources Goals:

  1. Preserve, restore, rehabilitate, or reconstruct properties held in ownership by the Town of Yarmouth, or a non-profit organization, which is listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places or determined by the Yarmouth Historical Commission to be significant in the history, archaeology, architecture, or culture of the town.  
  2. Research, document, and preserve historical records and/or restore historic Town documents and artifacts.
  3. Acquire threatened resources of historical significance 
  4. Create a historic marker program and identify sites of historical importance. 
  5. Adaptively reuse historic buildings.

Open Space, Conservation, and Recreation Goals:

  1. Protect and enhance Yarmouth’s fragile environmental resources, including water quality, scenic beauty, and unique habitats. 
  2. Preserve and manage sufficient areas to maintain a healthy natural environment, provide habitat for wildlife, encourage outdoor recreation, and retain community character. 
  3. Meet all residents' and visitors' recreational needs by providing balanced year-round leisure facilities to promote healthy lifestyles while protecting sensitive natural resources. 

For allowable expenses, see: https://www.yarmouth.ma.us/DocumentCenter/View/13743/COMMUNITY-PRESERVATION-GRANT-GUIDELINES-AND-PROCEDURES-2022#page=2

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Yarmouth, Massachusetts organizations may apply.

Applications to acquire land for the redevelopment of properties into community housing are discouraged. The CPC encourages applications for construction costs only.

Applications for studies, assessments, and plans, or from profitable entities are discouraged.

The Community Preservation Act prohibits funds from being used to: (a) replace existing operating funds, only augment them; (b) pay for routine maintenance; and (c) acquire, create, or preserve facilities for horse or dog racing, stadiums, gymnasiums, or similar structures.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, October 26, 2022

General timeline:
- October: CPA Application Deadline for consideration at the following Annual Town Meeting.
- October-December: Committee review and applicant presentations
- January: Committee makes recommendations on projects and the Warrant closes.
- April: Town Meeting Votes on Projects
- July: Funding is Available for Approved Projects.

CPA grants are provided on a reimbursement basis. Recipients of CPA grants must pay vendors first, then submit copies of paid invoices for reimbursement from the Town of Yarmouth.

FAQ: http://www.yarmouth.ma.us/Faq.aspx?TID=50

Contact Information:

Hand-deliver or mail applications to the Yarmouth Town Hall at the address below.

Town of Yarmouth
Department of Community Development/CPA
Attn: Dawn-Marie Flett
1146 Route 28
South Yarmouth, MA 02664

Direct questions to:
Dawn-Marie Flett, Program Coordinator
dflett@yarmouth.ma.us
Phone: 508-398-2231 Ext. 1277

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