Community Preservation Committee

The Community Preservation Act (MGL Chapter 44B) allows any city Community Preservation Committee2.jpgor town in the Commonwealth Commonwealth of Massachusetts to adopt a property tax surcharge of up to 3%, the revenues from which are matched by State funds. This fund can only be used to: preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities. In 2008 Gloucester citizens voted to adopt the CPA with a 1% tax surcharge.  As required by the CPA a local Community Preservation Committee was formed to make recommendations on CPA projects to the Mayor and the City Council.

Community Preservation Committee Responsibilities include,

  • Develop a Community Preservation Plan. To see Gloucester's plan visit: Gloucester's Community Preservation Plan
  • Solicit public input to maintain that Plan.  The CPC must hold at least one public hearing annually to get input from the general public, and use that input to keep Gloucester's Community Preservation Plan up to date.
  • Review and Recommend CPA Projects.  The CPC accepts project proposals from the community and reviews them with the aim of selecting the most compelling projects for recommendation to the Mayor and the City Council.
  • Keep records and report on the CPA Budget.  The CPC is required to keep records of all CPC meetings, proposals, and recommendations, and to submit a CPA budget annually to the City Council.

Applying for CPA Funds

The 2023 CPA Funding Round will take place according to the following schedule: 

  • Open for Applications: Wednesday February 1, 2023
  • Informational Meeting: Tuesday February 21, 2023
  • Project Eligibility Forms due: Tuesday March 7, 2023
  • Completed Applications due: Tuesday May 2, 2023
  • Recommendations to City Council: October 2023
  • Final Application Approval: January 2024
  • Funds Available: March 2024

CPC Eligibility Forms and Applications must be submitted by visiting Neighborly, a web-based grant management system.  Please visit Neighborly to register and complete the required forms.  For questions or assistance please contact Gloucester's Grant Manager at Community Development.

Important note for projects involving City-Owned Land.  Applicants proposing a project that includes work being done on City-Owned Land MUST contact the Mayor's Office to execute a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the applicant and the city BEFORE the CPC will accept your Eligibility Application.  This MOU will be considered sufficient documentation of site control.  For questions or assistance please contact Gloucester's Grant Manager at Community Development. 


  • Community Preservation Committee meetings are open to the public and are typically held once each month. Meeting details will be posted under Public Notices on the City's website. 
  • Currently all meetings are being conducted virtually. Go to Virtual Meetings to find out more. All virtual meetings are being recorded. Go to Past Remote Public Meetings on the City's website to view.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to CPC meetings.
Most Recent Agenda | View All

Minutes are available upon approval of the CPC.
Most Recent Minutes | View All


Contacting the CPC

To reach the CPC please contact Gloucester's Grants Manager at Community Development or call (978) 325-5230.

Helpful links for Potential CPA Project Applicants

CPA Projects Recommended in 2023

CPA Projects Approved in 2022

All CPA Projects

The Community Preservation Coalition maintains a database of all projects funded by the CPA, in Gloucester and other towns and cities in the Commonwealth.