What is the Community Preservation Act?

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a Massachusetts law that provides 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 FY23 Grant Cycle for HISTORIC APPLICANTS has begun! Click here for the FY23 ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION FORM (Historic Applicants only at this time). This application is due September 1, 2022. HISTORIC APPLICANTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO COMPLETE THE FORM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Also, please see the FY23 Historic Applicant Workflow to gain an understanding of the process and schedule for historic applicants.

View list of ALL CPA projects by category (as of 4/27/22)

Watch the video recording of the FY22 project presentations


A Small Grant Application is 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 - 7/13/22 at 6 PM


(Meeting is also available for later viewing at Holyoke Media's YouTube Channel.)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the advisory 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 right hand 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 FY22 timeline, click here.