Holyoke Community Preservation Act

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a Massachusetts law that establishes a local community preservation fund for open space protection, historic rehabilitation, affordable housing and outdoor recreation in the city of Holyoke. Approved by voters in 2016, funds for the program are generated through a surcharge of up to 3 percent on property tax bills (Holyoke voters adopted a 1.5% surcharge), and an annual disbursement from the statewide Community Preservation Trust Fund, which distributes funds each November to CPA communities. The program is led by the Community Preservation Act Committee (CPAC), a nine-member volunteer committee with the support of a staff member. Learn more about the Committee here.

Upcoming Committee Meeting

Monday December 17, 2018, 6 PM
Meeting Location: 4th Floor Conference Room, City Annex Building

All welcome to attend. This meeting will be recorded.

News Flash

Twelve of the original applicants who applied for eligibility have now submitted full applications. Those applicants are: the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club, Kestrel Trust / Holyoke Conservation Commission, Dept. of Public Works/ Friends of Holyoke City Hall, Friends of Holyoke Historic Cemetery/ Parks & Recreation, MIFA Victory Theatre, Valley Opportunity Council, DownHome Properties, One Holyoke CDC and the Holyoke Redevelopemnt Authority. The applications include 1 open space, 1 outdoor recreation, 8 historic rehabilitation and 2 historic rehabilitation/affordable housing creation project proposals. The CPC is now reviewing the applications and has scheduled a meeting date to discuss them on December 17th at 6 pm, location TBA.

Great news! Our FY18 collections for CPA brought in $497,814, beyond our estimated budget of $450,000. Also, our state match for FY19 was $94,659 which exceeded expectations (at 19%). Read more about the state match here. Stay tuned for info on our FY19 budget, coming soon!

Also, we now have a dedicated Facebook page! Please "Like" us and check in frequently for news updates.

Our meetings are also available on Holyoke Media's Youtube Channel.

Application Process

The 13 eligiblity application forms received by the September 14th deadline have been evaluated by the Committee and letters sent out to applicants. All applicant projects were approved in whole or in part as eligible based on the information received. All applicants were invited to complete the full application by the deadline of November 30th, 2018 at 12:30 PM.

CPA Administrator

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Application Deadlines

  • Applicants submit funding applications: Fri., Nov. 30, 2018 by 12:30 PM
  • CPAC evaluates applications & accepts public input: Dec. 2018 - Feb. 2019
  • Applicants present projects at community meeting: Early Feb. 2019

For a complete timeline, click here.