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2018 CPA Application Schedule

The 2019 CPA Funding Round will take place according to the following schedule:
  Project Eligibility Forms due     03/01/2019
  Completed Applications due     04/19/2019 at noon
  Estimated Project Award          November/December 2019

The Gloucester Community Preservation Committee will hold a Public Hearing seeking input from citizens regarding the priorities and uses of Community Preservation funds.  This is an opportunity for you to voice your needs and concerns about the uses of these funds.  Legislation dictates that funding is available in four categories: historic preservation, community housing, open space, and recreational projects.               

Visit Community Preservation Coalition website for helpful information about CPA: 

2018 CPA Applications

Annisquam Village Church - Restoration and Preservation Project
Cape Ann Museum - Historic Barn at White-Ellery Site Restoration
Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation - Meetinghouse Green Envelope
Magnolia Historical Society - Historical Museum and Cultural Center Electrical
Magnolia Library & Community Center - ADA Improvements
Phyllis A Marine Association - Restoration Completion of the Phyllis A 
Sargent Murray Gilman Hough House Association - Sargent House Museum's Middle Street Facade
Stage Fort Park Advisory Committee - Stage Fort Park Fort Restoration 

Community Preservation Awards

To see a list of all projects which have received awards from the Community Preservation Committee follow this link to the Community Preservation Coalition website.

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to CPC meetings.
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Minutes are available upon approval of the CPC.
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The Community Preservation Act
The Community Preservation Act, M.G.L. Chapter 44B, was adopted by the Legislature and signed into law in September 2000. The CPA allows any city or town in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to adopt a property tax surcharge of up to 3%, the revenues from which are matched by State funds.The combined funding from these two sources is used for the following purposes:

  • Acquire, create, and preserve open space; and rehabilitate and restore open space if acquired or created with CPA funds
  • Acquire, preserve, rehabilitate, and restore historic resources
  • Acquire, create, and preserve land for recreation use; and rehabilitate and restore land for recreational use 
  • Acquire, create, preserve, and support community housing; and rehabilitate and restore community housing acquired or created with CPA funds

Each fiscal year, at least 10% of the revenues in the Community Preservation Plan must be spent or set aside for open space (excluding recreational uses), 10% for historic preservation, and 10% for community housing.  Up to 5% may be spent on administration. The remaining 70% of funds may be allocated to any one or a combination of the three main uses including public recreational purposes.

The CPA in Gloucester

By popular vote in the fall of 2008, the citizens of Gloucester adopted a 1% surcharge to be spent in accordance with the provisions of the Community Preservation Act.

The nine-member Community Preservation Committee (CPC) was then established In accordance with the terms of the Act. The CPC consists of four members at-large and one representative each from the Historic Commission, the Conservation Commission, the Housing Authority, the Planning Board, and Parks and Recreation.


Catherine Schlichte, Co Chair, At-Large

14 Pleasant Street


Barbara Silberman, Co Chair, At-Large

7 Bass Rocks Road


John Feener, Conservation Commission

45B Warner Street


Henry McCarl, Planning Board

28 Old Nugent Farms


Holly Clay-Smith, Historical Commission

546 Washington Street


Heidi Wakeman, Open Space & Recreational Committee

7 Wise Place


Ellen Preston, At-Large

64 Sumner Street


Karen L. Carter, Housing Authority

259 Washington Street


Pamela Tobey, At-Large



The mission of the Community Preservation Committee is to study the needs of the City of Gloucester in cooperation with various City boards, departments, organizations, and citizens and to solicit and evaluate proposals for the use of Community Preservation Act funds for the maximum benefit to the City of Gloucester. The CPC will recommend to the City Council those projects which it deems will best achieve the purpose of the Community Preservation Act legislation in the areas of open space, historic preservation, affordable housing,and recreation.

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