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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits, Agencies, and Property Owners for Community Development Projects in Eligible Areas

Community Preservation Act (CPA) Funding


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Funding Source
Town of Provincetown - Community Preservation Committee
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts: Provincetown

Important Dates
Deadline: 12/29/22 5:00 PM - Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, and property owners and developers in eligible areas for projects that benefit local communities. Funding is intended to support community housing initiatives, open space and recreation projects, and historic preservation activities. Grants may also be requested for capital improvements for existing outdoor recreation facilities. Eligible proposals contribute to the preservation of Provincetown’s unique character visually, culturally, economically, and artistically. Projects should demonstrate strong community support.

Housing goals:

  • Retain current residents
  • Encourage re-development over new construction
  • Develop housing with a predominant number of the units produced targeted to be rental units at various income levels
  • Require the maximum allowable local preferences for tenants or homeowners
  • Demonstrate that the project leverages other public subsidy funds or is not eligible for subsidy funds and would not be otherwise economically feasible without CPA funds.
  • Housing created with the assistance of CPA funds will be deed-restricted as affordable in perpetuity
  • Encourage projects with mixed-income housing
  • Projects shall be consistent with the town’s Growth Management By-law
  • Projects shall be consistent with the Town’s historic character, and, if requested by CPC, a review by the Historic Commission
  • Projects shall be consistent with the Town’s water and sewer regulations.

For information about FY2023 Town-Wide Goals, see:

Historic Preservation:

  • Needs: Restoration and preservation of historic buildings, expansion and update of the Historic Resources Survey and Inventory, create and adopt Historic Design Guidelines, develop a town-wide Historic Preservation Plan, identify sources of funding for maintenance of historic structures, implement the recommendations of the Climate Adaptation Plan for Provincetown’s Historic District, increase public education for contractors and builders performing work on historic structures, and develop strategies to support for private homeowner’s restoration efforts.

For additional information about Historic Preservation projects, see

Open Space and Recreation Plan goals:

The following goals are consistent with the Open Space and Recreation Plan and the Local Comprehensive Plan of the Town:

  • Expand the amount of land that is open space for natural resource protection, recreational activities, quality of life, and aesthetics, and improve the community’s resiliency to the impacts of climate change and natural hazards.
  • Increase conservation and protection of environmental resources, rare and threatened species, the greenway corridor, wetlands, and habitat through public/private sector cooperation.
  • Properly manage open space and conservation properties and recreational facilities.
  • Manage development through smart growth techniques to reduce its impact on the natural environment.
  • Provide recreational opportunities and increase public access to town-owned land (e.g., increase public awareness of traditional and historic walkways and beach access points). 

For additional information about Open Space and Recreation, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants such as town agencies, civic and nonprofit organizations, property owners, and developers can submit proposals for funding to the CPC.

Pre-Application Information
The Deadline for Proposals is Thursday, December 29, 2022, by 5:00 pm for consideration at the April 2023 Town Meeting.

There are some special situations, such as the imminent placing of land on the market or an intention to do so, that the CPC will consider outside the normal schedule outlined in this document which provide a unique opportunity. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications on a rolling basis, at any time during the year, to allow for work with the CPC to further develop a project.

The Committee will present its recommendations to the Annual April Town Meeting for discussion and vote. Town Meeting has the final authority to award funds from Provincetown’s Community Preservation Act Fund. A simple majority vote is required to approve funding. A two-thirds vote is required for borrowing. It is highly advisable that the applicant attend a town meeting in order to present the proposal and respond to inquiries.

Funding for approved projects will be available following Town Meeting typically on July 1st. CPA monies are public funds raised from dedicated Provincetown tax revenues and from State matching funds to the Town.

Contact Information
Submit applications to:
Community Preservation Committee
c/o Town Manager’s Office
Provincetown Town Hall
260 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

For further information, contact Housing Specialist Michelle Jarusiewicz, at 508-487-7087, or email

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