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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 future meetings & deadlines, click on Calendar above. The calendar now includes all 2016 meeting dates.
7 pm, Wednesday,
9 September 2015

Newton Senior Center
345 Walnut Street,
The agenda for this meeting includes an advisory discussion of a pre-proposal for affordable housing on Cambria Road (West Newton), plus committee business.  The agenda and pre-meeting packet are available from Committees & Meetings - Current CPC Meetings on this website.

The online agenda also includes a map to the Senior Center. The CPC will be meeting in the Center's Dining Room.
Next deadline for agenda requests & packet materials:
16 October 2015
For either of these CPC meetings:
Thursday, 5 November 2015 or Thursday, 19 November 2015.
These November meetings are intended primarily for public hearings on new full proposals received in the Fy16 funding round. If both dates are not needed for public hearings, one date may be canceled.

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
1 October 2015 to submit full proposals the Committee has agreed to consider in fy16, based on its discussion of pre-proposals submitted by the 1 March 2015 deadline.
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.
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.