Community Preservation Committee
2019 CPA Application Schedule
The 2019 CPA Funding Round will take place according to the following schedule:
Project Eligibility Forms due 03/01/2019
Completed Applications due 04/19/2019 at noon
Estimated Project Award November/December 2019
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.
or by mail to: 3 Pond Road, 2nd Floor, Gloucester, MA 01930
Visit Community Preservation Coalition website for helpful information about CPA: www.communitypreservation.org
2018 CPA Applications
Annisquam Village Church - Restoration and Preservation Project
Cape Ann Museum - Historic Barn at White-Ellery Site Restoration
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation - Meetinghouse Green Envelope
Magnolia Historical Society - Historical Museum and Cultural Center Electrical
Magnolia Library & Community Center - ADA Improvements
Phyllis A Marine Association - Restoration Completion of the Phyllis A
Sargent Murray Gilman Hough House Association - Sargent House Museum's Middle Street Facade
Stage Fort Park Advisory Committee - Stage Fort Park Fort Restoration
Off Cycle Application Habitat for Humanity
Off Cycle Application Pearl Street
Off Cycle Application Boulevard Tennis Court Repairs
Community Preservation Awards :
To see a list of all projects which have received awards from the Community Preservation Committee follow this link to the website. Community Preservation Coalition
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.
Catherine Schlichte, Co Chair, At-Large
14 Pleasant Street
Barbara Silberman, Co Chair, At-Large
7 Bass Rocks Road
John Feener, Conservation Commission
45B Warner Street
Henry McCarl, Planning Board
28 Old Nugent Farms
Heidi Wakeman, Open Space & Recreational Committee
7 Wise Place
Karen L. Carter, Housing Authority
259 Washington Street
Ellen Preston, At-Large
64 Sumner Street
Pamela Tobey, At-Large 16 Montvale Ave
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.