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Community Preservation Act Provincetown
Community Preservation Act (CPA) Funds come from a 3% property tax surcharge that is matched with state funds from a real estate transaction stamp tax.  The Act requires funds be used on Affordable Housing, Historic Preservation, and Open Space/Recreation preservation initiatives in Massachusetts communities with a minimum of at least 10% of funds going to each of these three categories.  At the April 2004 Special Town Meeting, Provincetown voters ratified the CPA and voted to direct the uncommitted 70% of funds to finance affordable housing. The voters at the November 2008 Special Town Meeting amended that breakout to 10% in each category with 70% uncommitted and available for any category. Once again at the April 2014 annual town meeting, the Town amended the split to reflect the priority for community housing to 60% of the CPA revenues for community housing, 10% each for historic preservation and open space/recreation, and 20% remaining undesignated and available for any category; which is in effect today. Through CPA we have dedicated $4.1M to Community Housing; $3M to Historic Preservation, and $1.5M to Open Space & Recreation. According to the Community Preservation Act legislation, MGL Ch. 44B, Sec. 6, “Funds that are set aside shall be held in the Community Preservation Fund and spent in that year or later years, but funds set aside for a specific purpose shall be spent only for the specific purpose.”   

 Applications for CPA funds are typically accepted during a fall funding cycle in advance of the April Annual Town Meeting.  It should be noted that the Community Preservation Committee does accept applications on a rolling basis if appropriate. Applicants may discuss a potential application with the CPC at any time.  

Community Preservation Act – Applications for Funding – December 21, 2017 Deadline

The Provincetown Community Preservation Committee is seeking funding proposals for projects that meet Community Preservation Fund goals.  The Deadline for Proposals is Thursday, December 21, 2017 by 4:00 pm for consideration at the April 2018 Town Meeting. 

 The CPA mandates that each fiscal year Provincetown must spend, or set aside for later spending, at least 10% of the annual revenues in the Town of Provincetown Community Preservation Fund for each of the three CPA target areas: community housing, open space/recreation, and historic preservation. As revised in April 2014, 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. Given the projected debt service for already approved projects, that debt service must be deducted from receipts first, and that we anticipate limited state matching funds, the Community Preservation Committee anticipates granting a maximum of approximately $300,000 in total new grants for FY 2019 for ALL categories. This is a guideline and not intended to restrict applications.

To read the Town of Provincetown Community Preservation Plan and Application for Funding, go to the Town's website  Copies of the Plan and application are also available in the Selectmen/Town Manager’s Office, Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657 or from Housing Specialist Michelle Jarusiewicz. Completed proposals must be submitted to the Town Manager’s office by Thursday, December 21, 2017 by 4:00 pm. For further information, contact Housing Specialist Michelle Jarusiewicz, at 508-487-7087, or

Kristin Hatch, Chair

Community Preservation Committee

CPA DOR Allowable Uses Chart
While CPA funds are pretty flexible they cannot pay for all things. The following charts will help you decide if a proposed project might be eligible for CPA funds:


  • Brandon Quesnell, Planning Board - Term Ends 6/30/19
  • Alfred Famiglietti, Conservation - Term Ends 6/30/19
  • Polly Burnell, Historical - Term Ends 6/30/19
  • Keith Hunt, Housing Authority - Term Ends 6/30/19
  • Susan Cook, Community Housing - Term Ends 6/30/19
  • Dennis Minsky, Open Space - Term Ends 6/30/19
  • Kristin Hatch, Chair Recreation - Term Ends 6/30/19
  • Michelle Crone-DeMarco, Vice Chair, At Large - Term Ends 6/30/19   
  • Dawn Walsh, At Large - Term Ends 6/30/19

Contact: Community Housing Specialist Michelle Jarusiewicz

Town of Provincetown
260 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657
Ph: (508) 487-7000
Fx: (508) 487-9560