Community Preservation Committee
2021 CPA Application Schedule
The 2021 CPA Funding Round will take place according to the following schedule:
Project Eligibility Forms due: 3/12/2021 at noon
Completed Applications due: 5/7/2021 at noon
Estimated Project Award: December 2021 / January 2022
The Gloucester Community Preservation Committee will hold a Public Hearing seeking input from citizens regarding the priorities and uses of Community Preservation funds. This is an opportunity for you to voice your needs and concerns about the uses of these funds. Legislation dictates that funding is available in four categories: historic preservation, community housing, open space, and recreational projects.
- PUBLIC NOTICES (PDF)
- 2021 APPLICATION INFORMATION PACKET (PDF)
- COMMUNITY PRESERVATION PLAN (PDF)
- SAMPLE APPLICATION FOR REFERENCE (PDF)
Visit Community Preservation Coalition website for helpful information about CPA: Community Preservation
2021 CPA Applications
- Annisquam Village Church - Exterior Restoration
- First Parish Burial Ground - Stone Restoration
- Gloucester 400 - Photo Restoration and Archiving
- Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation - Meetinghouse Green Restoration
- Hammond Castle Museum - Archway Restoration
- Ocean Alliance - Engineering and Permit Study
- Sawyer Free Library - Saunders House Murals
- Schooner Adventure - Rudder Restoration
- Trustees of Reservations - Ravenswood Parking Improvements
Off Cycle Applications
Community Preservation Awards
To see a list of all projects which have received awards from the Community Preservation Committee follow this link to the Community Preservation Coalition website.
Agendas & Minutes
The Community Preservation Act
The Community Preservation Act, M.G.L. Chapter 44B, was adopted by the Legislature and signed into law in September 2000. The CPA allows any city or town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to adopt a property tax surcharge of up to 3%, the revenues from which are matched by State funds.The combined funding from these two sources is used for the following purposes:
- Acquire, create, and preserve open space; and rehabilitate and restore open space if acquired or created with CPA funds
- Acquire, preserve, rehabilitate, and restore historic resources
- Acquire, create, and preserve land for recreation use; and rehabilitate and restore land for recreational use
- Acquire, create, preserve, and support community housing; and rehabilitate and restore community housing acquired or created with CPA funds
Each fiscal year, at least 10% of the revenues in the Community Preservation Plan must be spent or set aside for open space (excluding recreational uses), 10% for historic preservation, and 10% for community housing. Up to 5% may be spent on administration. The remaining 70% of funds may be allocated to any one or a combination of the three main uses including public recreational purposes.
The CPA in Gloucester
By popular vote in the fall of 2008, the citizens of Gloucester adopted a 1% surcharge to be spent in accordance with the provisions of the Community Preservation Act.
The nine-member Community Preservation Committee (CPC) was then established in accordance with the terms of the Act. The CPC consists of four members at-large and one representative each from the Historic Commission, the Conservation Commission, the Housing Authority, the Planning Board, and Parks and Recreation.
|First Name||Last Name||Title||Address||Term Expiration|
|Pamela||Tobey||Co Chair, At Large||16 Montvale Avenue||February 14, 2024|
|Matthew||Lundberg||Co Chair, At Large||21 Middle Street||February 14, 2024|
|Henry||McCarl||Planning Board||28 Old Nugent Farms||February 14, 2023|
|Heidi||Wakeman||Open Space & Recreational Committee||7 Wise Place||February 14, 2022|
|Kerry||McKenna||At-Large||35 Nashua Avenue||February 14, 2024|
*fulfilling Ellen Preston
|5B Curlew Court||February 14, 2022*|
|Bob||Whitmarsh||Historical Commission||2 Blueberry Lane||February 14, 2023|
|Jennifer-Lee||Levitz Aronson||Housing Authority||259 Washington Street||February 14, 2024|
The mission of the Community Preservation Committee is to study the needs of the City of Gloucester in cooperation with various City boards, departments, organizations, and citizens and to solicit and evaluate proposals for the use of Community Preservation Act funds for the maximum benefit to the City of Gloucester. The CPC will recommend to the City Council those projects which it deems will best achieve the purpose of the Community Preservation Act legislation in the areas of open space, historic preservation, affordable housing, and recreation.