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.

News Flash

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

Work has begun on the Stained Glass City Hall Restoration Project! Read the latest update.

The Holyoke Boys & Girl's Club Playground Project has broken ground! Read an update here.

14 project applicants were notified of their eligibility for FY20 funding and 13 have now submitted applications. See FY20 project proposals and funding requests.


CPA Public Hearing and CPC Meetings 


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ban on gatherings on the local, state and federal level, our Public Hearing (originally scheduled for 3/11/20) and our CPC Meeting (3/18/20) was postponed until further notice from the Chair.

Please stayed tuned for updates.


FY19 Approved Projects

To view our approved projects for FY19 CPA funding, click here


Application Process

The application deadline for FY20 concluded in November  2019.  We are currently reviewing applications and will be contacting applicants soon.

Our application process for FY19 awarded a total of $1,000,389 in approved CPA funded projects (see projects link above).

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 timeline, click here.