Community Preservation Committee

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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

All 2021 Round 12 Eligibility Forms and Applications will be completed using the web-based grant management system (Neighborly). Please click the link below to register and complete the required forms. For questions or assistance please contact: Community Development

CPA Eligibility and Application Portal (Neighborly)

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.  

Visit Community Preservation Coalition website for helpful information about CPA: Community Preservation

2021 CPA Applications

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

Agendas are available prior to CPC meetings.
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Minutes are available upon approval of the CPC.
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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 NameLast NameTitleAddressTerm Expiration
Pamela TobeyCo Chair, At Large16 Montvale AvenueFebruary 14, 2024
MatthewLundbergCo Chair, At Large21 Middle StreetFebruary 14, 2024
Conservation Commission

HenryMcCarlPlanning Board28 Old Nugent FarmsFebruary 14, 2023
HeidiWakemanOpen Space & Recreational Committee7 Wise PlaceFebruary 14, 2022
KerryMcKennaAt-Large35 Nashua AvenueFebruary 14, 2024
*fulfilling Ellen Preston
5B Curlew CourtFebruary 14, 2022* 
BobWhitmarshHistorical Commission2 Blueberry LaneFebruary 14, 2023
Jennifer-LeeLevitz AronsonHousing Authority259 Washington StreetFebruary 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.