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Community Preservation Committee
FY 2016 CPA Funding Round

Community Preservation Act - Applications for Funding
December 4, 2014 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 4, 2014 by 4:00 pm for consideration at the April 2015 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. Recent legislation now allows capital improvements for existing outdoor recreation facilities as an eligible category. 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 0r0emaining 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 $500,000 in total new grants for FY 2016 for all categories. 

To read the Town of Provincetown Community Preservation Plan and Application for Funding, go to the Town's website www.provincetown-ma.gov.  Copies of the Plan and applications are also available in the Selectmen/Town Manager’s Office, Provincetown Town Hall, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657. Completed proposals must be submitted to that office by Thursday, December 4, 2014 by 4:00 pm. For further information, contact Housing Specialist Michelle Jarusiewicz, at 508-487-7087, or  


 


                            Community Preservation Act Update

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.  The spending allocation was further amended at the April 2014 Annual Town Meeting as follows: In every fiscal year, the community preservation committee must recommend either that the legislative body spend, or set aside for later spending, not less than 10% of the annual revenues in the Community Preservation Fund for open space/recreation, not less than 10% of the annual revenues in the Community Preservation Fund for historic resources; and not less than 60% of the annual revenues in the Community Preservation Fund for community housing.


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.  

 


Members:
  • Brandon Quesnell, Planning Board - Term Ends 6/30/16
  • Barbara Prato, Conservation - Term Ends 6/30/16
  • Polly Burnell, Historical - Term Ends 6/30/16
  • Kristin Hatch, Housing - Term Ends 6/30/16
  • Susan Cook, Community Housing - Term Ends 6/30/16
  • Suzanne Harding, Open Space - Term Ends 6/30/16
  • Vacant, Recreation - Term Ends 6/30/16
  • Vacant, At Large - Term Ends 6/30/16
  • Judith Cicero, At Large - Term Ends 6/30/16

Contact: Assistant Town Manager David Gardner



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