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 Applications were due on October 30, 2020 at 4 PM. The deadline for the full application was  due December 30, 2020 at 4 PM.

  • To review Eligibility Applications, Emergency Applications, Resubmissions (from FY20) and Small Grant Submissions, click HERE.


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 - 7.21.21 at 6 PM

See the AGENDA.

(Meeting is also available for later viewing 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:

See FY19 Approved CPA Projects

FY20 Project Update:

See FY20 Approved CPA Projects.

How to Stay Informed

Subscribe to our e-newsletter on the top righthand of this page. We also 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.