Community Preservation Program


The Massachusetts Community Preservation Act (CPA) provides local and state funds for affordable housing, historic resources, open space and recreation land. 

◄ To learn more about the CPA and Newton's CPA program, 
 click on the navigation links at left.  

For a slide show of Newton's CPA projects by neighborhood,
click on the photo collage at right. 


Upcoming Community Preservation Committee Meetings
A public hearing was held on 11 September 2014 to solicit suggestions for revising the CPC's current 
Funding Guidelines
instructions & requirements in the Proposal & Project Handbook
The current guidelines were adopted in November 2012 based on a year-long community survey and series of community meetings held for the program's 10th anniversary in 2011-12. For presentations and results from that outreach, click here.
Written comments and suggestions can also be submitted until Thursday, 16 October 2014, preferably by email to: The CPC will vote to finalize any revisions at one of its scheduled meetings in November 2014 (see hearing dates below).
Thursday, 6 November 2014

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Thursday, 11 December 2014
The CPC has reserved City Hall Room 209, starting at 7 pm, on these three dates for possible public hearings on new proposals. 

The CPC makes each new proposal available to the public for at least 3-4 weeks prior to holding a public hearing on that proposal. If no new proposals are received at least 4 weeks prior to any date on this list, that hearing date will be canceled.

Upcoming Funding Deadlines
Full proposals are due by 1 October 2014 for projects that met the March 2014 pre-proposal deadline.
2015 deadlines:   1 February 2015 to request the required in-person orientation meeting with staff; 1 March 2015 to submit pre-proposals for discussion with the CPC at one of its regular public meetings; 1 October 2015 to submit full proposals the Committee has agreed to consider, based on its pre-proposal discussions.
Sponsors are strongly encouraged to request their orientation meetings and submit their pre-proposals well ahead of these deadlines.  The CPC has more time for thoughtful discussion of early pre-proposals, which can also help the Committee consider reserving current funds for future use.

New Help with Non-CPA Matching Funds
The CPC's Funding Guidelines discourage relying exclusively on CPA funds to cover all project costs. As a member of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network (FIN), the Newton Free Library can assist with research on sources of matching, non-CPA funds.
For details, check out this new section of our Guidelines & Forms page.

Staff Contact Mailing Address
Alice E. Ingerson, Ph.D.
Community Preservation Program Manager
Newton Planning & Development Department
City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton, MA 02459
617.796.1089 TDD / TTY
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If an apparent hyperlink in a PDF file no longer works, please ask for staff assistance in finding the document you need.