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Grants to Provincetown, Massachusetts Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Property Owners to Improve Community and Public Spaces

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Town of Provincetown, Community Preservation Committee

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12/21/17 4:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Provincetown, Massachusetts nonprofits, local government agencies, and property owners and developers for community housing, open space and recreation, or historic preservation. Funds may also be requested for capital improvements for existing outdoor recreation facilities.

The Town of Provincetown has adopted a bylaw that further directs that 60% of CPA funds target community housing with 10% for historic preservation and 10% for open space/recreation, with the remaining 20% of CPA funds be undesignated and available for any category, including administration.

These general goals are intended to provide guidance and direction to applicants for funding and will be used to prioritize competing projects:

1. Contributes to the preservation of Provincetown’s unique character visually, culturally, economically, and/or artistically.
2. Meets the goals of more than one CPA category.
3. Would use CPA funds to leverage other public and/or private funds.
4. Demonstrates strong community support

More details on the program areas are as follows:

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.

Historic Preservation - 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

Open Space and Recreation - 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:

Completed proposals must be submitted to the Town Manager’s office by Thursday, December 21, 2017, by 4:00 pm.

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.

Michelle Jarusiewicz, Housing Specialist

Community Preservation Committee
c/o Town Manager’s Office
Provincetown Town Hall
260 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

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