What is the 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 1.5% and an annual disbursement from the statewide Community Preservation Trust Fund. 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.



The Eligibility Application is due on October 30, 2020 at 4 PM. Complete the application HERE. If your application is deemed eligible, you will be contacted with an invitation to complete a full application. The updated deadline for the full application is  December 30, 2020 at 4 PM.


A Small Grant Application is now available on a rolling basis. IF YOUR PROJECT REQUEST IS FOR $3,000 or LESS WITH TOTAL FUNDING OF $12,000 OR LESS, your project may qualify.  See the Small Grant Project Application here.

CPA Meeting - 12.2.20 at 6 PM


(Also available later at Holyoke Media's YouTube Channel).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ban on gatherings on the local, state and federal level, our CPC Meetings are now being held via ZOOM Meeting. All meetings will be broadcast live on Channel 15 or Channel 12 (if necessary).

FY19 Project Update:

The Smith's Ferry Cemetery Gravestone Project is now complete. Ten headstones have been restored. Read the full report

The Gloutak Open Space Project (City acquisition) in nearly complete. The Conservation Restriction will soon be approved.

The 2nd Phase of the Stained Glass City Hall Restoration Project is complete! More info to come.

The Holyoke Boys & Girl's Club Playground Project is more than 87% complete! More info to come.

The Annex Lanterns Project is almost complete! The lanterns are finished and ready for installation. More info to come.

View ALL approved projects for FY19

FY20 Project Update:

See FY20 Approved CPA Projects.

How to Stay Informed

We 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.

CPA Administrator

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), CPA Administrator, via email or phone at (413) 561-1647 for inquiries. Office hours are by appointment (located on the 2nd floor of City Hall, Rm. 6 - ballroom level).

Application Deadlines

For a complete FY21 timeline, click here.