Community Preservation Act (CPA)

What is the Community Preservation Act (CPA)?

The Community Preservation Act (CPA) was created by state law (MGL Chapter 44B). It allows cities and towns to adopt a property tax surcharge to help fund projects that preserve the character of the community. Springfield voters adopted the CPA on November 8, 2016 and it went into effect on July 1, 2017.

How is the CPA funded?

The CPA fund is created via a 1.5% surcharge on real estate taxes for residential, commercial, and industrial properties.  These charges first appeared on Fiscal Year 2018's 3rd and 4th quarter real estate bills. A statewide Community Preservation Act Trust Fund is also distributed to municipalities and is funded by Registry of Deeds fees.

Are there restrictions on what projects qualify for CPA funds?

Yes. CPA funds can only be used for Open Space & Recreation, Historic Preservation, and Community Housing. The Department of Revenue (DOR) Community Preservation Fund Allowable Spending Chart is a handy quick reference. The Community Preservation Coalition is a statewide resource and offers a detailed look at allowable uses.

*NEW* Historic Homes Restoration Program 

The Historic Home Restoration program (HHP) is supported by the Community Preservation Act (CPA) and the City of Springfield. All funding for this program has been allocated by the Springfield Community Preservation Committee (SCPC). The program is open to owner-occupied houses in the following Local Historic Districts:  Quadrangle-Mattoon, Forest Park Heights, McKnight, Maple Hill, Lower Maple, Ridgewood and Colony Hills. 

Funding is targeted for exterior projects only including the restoration of original windows and doors, purchase and installation of energy efficient storm windows, restoration of porches, and exterior painting of the property. The program has limited funds and while this may change in the future, a sliding scale for eligibility will be used this year.  If more applications are received than available funds, a lottery system will be used. Maximum $30,000 grant. If your preliminary application is selected, you will be invited to complete a full application.

The preliminary application is due on June 30, 2022.

Online Preliminary Application

Print and Mail Preliminary Application

View Guidlines

Current 2022 funding cycle

Applications for the CPA 2022 grant funding cycle are now closed. Check back in February 2023 for information about next year’s funding.

The applicants below have submitted a project for funding in 2022 and their application is available to read by clicking on the linked title in the first column. Applicants are asked to make a five minute presentation to the Springfield Community Preservation Committee and the public is invited to watch on the scheduled dates below. The Committee will continue to meet remotely until further notice on the first Tuesday of each month and will add dates during the application season. The schedule of meetings can be found on the City calendar and can be viewed live on the Committee Facebook page at 6:00 p.m and is recorded for later viewing.  www.facebook.com/SpringfieldCommunityPreservationCommittee

 

Project Amount Requested Category Applicant Presentation Date
Bay Path Cemetery Improvements $182,000.00 Open Space & Historic Preservation Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt April 5, 2022
Godfrey Triangle Restoration Phase 2 $105,600.00 Open Space & Historic Preservation Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt April 5, 2022
Hennessy Park Improvements $250,000.00 Recreation & Open Space  Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt April 5, 2022
Marshall Roy Park Fitness $68,516.00 Recreation & Open Space  East Springfield Neighborhood Council April 5, 2022
Marshall Roy Park Improvements $120,000.00 Recreation & Open Space  East Springfield Neighborhood Council April 5, 2022
Merrick Park Improvements $250,000.00 Recreation Armory Quadrangle Civic Association April 5, 2022
Myrtle Street Park Improvements $250,000.00 Recreation & Open Space  Indian Orchard Citizens Council April 5, 2022
Venture Pond - Phase 2 $250,000.00 Recreation & Open Space  Campus Neighbors of Springfield April 5, 2022
         
Christ Church Cathedral 35/37 Chestnut St. $250,000.00 Historic Preservation Donna Burton, Christ Church Cathedral April 26, 2022
Camp Angelina Trail $250,000.00 Recreation Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt April 26, 2022
Dartmouth Terrace $77,000.00 Open Space & Historic Preservation McKnight Council April 26, 2022
East Forest Park Enhancement $19,500.00 Recreation East Forest Park Civic Association April 26, 2022
Florentine Gardens $181,000.00 Historic Preservation Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt April 26, 2022
Indian Orchard Community Eco-Park $100,000.00 Open Space & Recreation & Historic Preservation  Wellspring Cooperative Corporation April 26, 2022
McKnight Dog Park $45,000.00 Open Space & Recreation & Historic Preservation  McKnight Dog Walking Committee April 26, 2022
Nahorniak Park $250,000.00 Recreation & Open Space  Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt April 26, 2022
Spanish-American War Monument $132,500.00 Open Space & Historic Preservation Department of Parks, Bldg, Rec. Mgmt April 26, 2022
         
Affordable Ownership-Itendale St $108,075.00 Community Housing Springfield Offices of Housing & Disaster Recovery May 3, 2022
275 Chestnut St Supportive Housing $250,000.00 Community Housing Home City Development May 3, 2022
D'Amour Art Museum
Cover Sheet
$250,000.00 Historic Preservation Kay Simpson, Springfield Museum Corp May 3, 2022
Down Payment Assistance $248,000.00 Community Housing Robert DeMusis, Springfield Office of Housing May 3, 2022
Gemini Townhomes $500,000.00 Community Housing Home City Development May 3, 2022
Pre Development for Maple & Byers Streets $80,000.00 Historic Preservation Tina Quagliato, Springfield Office of Disaster Recovery May 3, 2022
63 Mulberry St Renovations $250,000.00 Historic Preservation Victoria Capital Trust May 3, 2022
Springfield Science Museum Cover Sheet $211,761.00 Historic Preservation Kay Simpson, Springfield Museum Corp May 3, 2022

 

If you need assistance with an application, please send an email to cpc@springfiedcityhall.com or telephone 413-530-1268

Comments on any of the applications are accepted for consideration while the Committee deliberates.The Committee will then select projects to recommend to the Springfield City Council for funding. We cannot predict their schedule and it may be late September before the Council hears the recommendations. Send comments by e-mail to cpc@springfieldcityhall.com or by regular mail to Springfield Community Preservation Committee,36 Court Street,Springfield, MA 01103.

 

Who administers the CPA fund?

Implementation and recommending projects to the City Council for funding of the CPA in Springfield is overseen by the City's 9-member Community Preservation Committee. Representatives are appointed from each of the departments below and three neighborhood appointees by the City Council President.

  • LaMar Cook, Neighborhood representative;
  • Gloria DeFillipo, Planning Board representative;
  • Juanita Martinez, Conservation Commission representative;
  • Robert McCarroll, Chair, Springfield Preservation Trust representative;
  • Rhonda Sherrell, Neighborhood representative;
  • Judith Crowell, Historical Commission representative;
  • Willie Thomas, Housing Authority representative;
  • Clinton Harris, Park Commission representative
  • Ralph Slate, Neighborhood representative

Members serve a three year term and are eligible for two consecutive three-year terms. Two Neighborhood Representative vacancies will be available in 2023.

How to contact the Community Preservation Committee (CPC)

FAQs

  • Are there homeowner exemptions to the 1.5% surcharge?

YES! Households that qualify for low-income, or low or moderate-income housing, as defined by M.G.L. c. 44B, Section 2 are exempt from the CPA surcharge in its entirety.  But you must fill out an application. The deadline for exemptions was 4/1/22 and will reopen again in January 2023.

  • Where can I find information about my historic home?

The Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS) database (inventory) has surveyed properties compiled by the Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) http://mhc-macris.net/

You can search local historic properties through the 1939 Works Progress Administration (WPA) https://www.springfieldpreservation.org/wpa/

  • Are there guidelines for restoring or repairing a historic home?

YES! The Secretary of the Interior's Standards has an extensive website for treatment of historic properties https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/treatment-guidelines-2017.pdf

  • Is there a list of projects previously funded? YES!

2021 CPC Funding Recommendations

2020 CPC Funding Recommendations

2019 CPC Funding Recommendations

2018 CPC Funding Recommendations

  • Where can I view an application?

Applications open in the Spring of each year and are now closed. See the 2022 application and cover sheet below. We hope to have a fillable form available for the 2023 cycle.  

Page last updated:  Friday, March 4, 2022 11:39 am