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Community Preservation Act (CPA) Funding

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits, Agencies, and Property
Owners to Improve Community and Public Spaces in Eligible Regions

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Town of Provincetown - Community Preservation Committee

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12/19/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofits, local government agencies, and property owners and developers for community housing, open space and recreation, or historic preservation in eligible areas. Funds may also be requested for capital improvements for existing outdoor recreation facilities. Funding is intended to contribute to the preservation of Provincetown’s unique character visually, culturally, economically, and/or artistically. Eligible projects will demonstrate strong community support.

Housing: The following community housing goals have been identified through the housing summits and other planning documents:

  • 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 potential use of funds for housing, see:

Proposals for historic preservation CPA funds could include one or more of the following:

  • Rehabilitation and restoration of buildings or structures of high architectural and/or historical significance
  • Acquisition of threatened resources of high architectural and/or historical significance
  • Research, documentation, and planning; completion of the Town’s Inventory of Historic Assets
  • Public education, including signage/historic marker programs
  • Purchase of preservation easements 

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

  • Protect and enhance Provincetown’s fragile environmental resources and unique habitats
  • Preserve and manage sufficient areas to maintain a healthy natural environment, provide habitat for wildlife, encourage outdoor recreation and retain community character, not only within the National Seashore, but also throughout the Town.
  • Meet residents’ recreational needs by providing a balanced, year-round recreational program with adequate facilities, while protecting sensitive natural resources and keeping maintenance costs within a limited budget.

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GrantWatch ID#: 148870

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Term of Contract:

The scope of work shall be completed within two years from the first date of the fiscal year following the Town Meeting vote to appropriate funds for the Project (the “Commencement Date”). All work must be completed within two years from the Commencement Date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants such as town agencies, civic and non-profit organizations, property owners, and developers can submit proposals for funding to the CPC.

Pre-Application Information:

The Deadline for Proposals is Thursday, December 19, 2019 by 5:00 pm for consideration at the April 2020 Town Meeting. Completed proposals must be submitted to the Town Manager's office.

Potential applicants are invited to submit a Letter of Intent at any time throughout the year for CPC review and comment. The Letter of Intent is NOT sufficient as a complete application for the annual funding round but is intended as an earlier step to allow for open dialogue regarding a potential project.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their proposal to the relevant committee (Community Housing Council, Historical Commission, Open Space, and/or Recreation Commission) for their review and recommendation. The CPC will recommend to Town Meeting those proposals that best meet the criteria established. It should be noted that the CPC may also consider CPA projects that are regional in scope.

The CPC intends to become a reliable and predictable funding source for community preservation projects. Since only Town Meeting may appropriate funds for CPA, the CPC typically has one funding round per fiscal year to coincide their recommendations with the annual town warrant but may accept applications on a rolling basis to be presented at the next Town Meeting. Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals on a rolling basis in order to facilitate a dialogue with the Community Preservation Committee in an effort to move a project forward.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit LOIs and applications to:
Community Preservation Committee
c/o Town Manager's Office
Provincetown Town Hall
260 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

Michelle Jarusiewicz, Housing Specialist

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