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 in November 2014 (see schedule below or the Calendar link at the top of this webpage).
Pre-Meeting Deadlines for Upcoming CPC  Meetings
30 October 2014
for CPC meeting on Thursday,
20 November 2014

21 November 2014
for CPC meeting on Thursday,
11 December 2014
The CPC meeting previously listed for 6 November 2014 has been canceled.

Requests for time on, and all written materials for, the November 20 and December 11 agendas must be received by the pre-meeting deadlines listed at left and in the program Calendar.
Funding Requests/Proposals:  For full instructions, please see the Guidelines & Forms link at the top of this webpage.  The first two steps are an in-person orientation meeting with staff and discussion of a pre-proposal at a regular public meeting of the CPC.  If the CPC agrees to consider a full proposal, it makes that proposal available to the public for at least 3-4 weeks prior to holding a public hearing on the proposal.  Submission deadlines for full proposals are therefore at least 2-3 weeks earlier than the deadlines listed above.

Upcoming Funding Deadlines
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
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.