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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
Thursday, 10 December 2015
7 pm, Newton City Hall Room 204

For the full agenda, click here.
This agenda includes a public hearing & possible funding vote by the CPC on this off-cycle proposal:

Newton Highlands Playground - Construction (Winchester & Dedham Streets), $3,320,000 CPA request for recreation land rehabilitation (click on project title to read the proposal)
For upcoming full agendas, pre-meeting packets, or minutes of past meetings,
lick on Committees & Meetings above.
For future submission deadlines, click on Calendar above.

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.