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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
For full agendas & pre-meeting packets, click on Committees & Meetings above.
For future meeting submission deadlines, click on
Calendar above.
scheduled for public hearings & possible funding votes by the CPC on
Thursday, 5 November 2015,
7 pm, City Hall Room 204
1930s Mural (Newton North High School), $114,900 CPA request (historic resources – preservation & restoration)
To read this proposal, click here. 
New Art Center (Newtonville), $72,652 CPA request (historic resources – preservation planning)
To read this proposal, click here.
16 October 2015
To submit written comments on either proposal above for the packet that will be mailed to the CPC prior to the November 5th public hearings.
If you cannot meet this deadline for written comments but also cannot attend the hearing, please contact staff for assistance.
The same deadline applies to other written materials or requests for either of these CPC meetings:
Thursday, 5 November 2015
Thursday, 19 November 2015

Community Preservation Plan
This Plan, adopted by Newton's CPC on 12 February 2015, retains the basic principles from the previous Funding Guidelines but also compares a current 5-year list of anticipated funding requests to the program's current 5-year forecast of available funding. The Plan is posted on the Guidelines & Forms page of this website and will be updated periodically.

Upcoming Funding Deadlines
Monday, 29 February 2016 to request the required in-person orientation meeting with staff, for proposals aimed at the fall 2016 funding deadline.
Wednesday, 30 March 2016 to submit a pre-proposal for discussion with the CPC, for full proposals aimed at the fall 2016 funding deadline.
Friday, 30 September 2016, to submit annual round full proposals that the CPC has agreed to consider based on its previous pre-proposal discussions.
The required first steps in the funding process are an in-person orientation meeting with staff and discussion of a short pre-proposal with the CPC at one of its regular public meetings. Sponsors are strongly encouraged to request their orientation meeting and submit their pre-proposals for discussion at any CPC public meeting, well ahead of the annual 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.

Do You Need Help Raising Non-CPA Matching Funds?
Newton's Community Preservation Plan discourages 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 fundsFor details, check out this 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
Most files on this website are in PDF format. Download the free software needed to read these files by clicking on this link:
If an apparent hyperlink in a PDF file no longer works, please ask for staff assistance in finding the document you need.