Community Preservation Act FY 2021 application round begins with virtual workshop

New Bedford, Massachusetts– The New Bedford Community Preservation Committee (CPC) announces the launch of the FY 2021 Community Preservation Act (CPA) application cycle at an Application Technical Workshop, hosted by the Community Preservation Committee (CPC). The public is invited to attend this informational session on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 6 p.m. via Zoom.

The CPC anticipates a budget of approximately $1.9 million to fund CPA-eligible projects in FY21 and strongly encourages all those interested in applying for funding during this cycle attend the workshop to learn about the application process.

The Community Preservation Act was adopted by New Bedford voters through a ballot question in November 2014. This statewide enabling legislation allows communities to create dedicated funding for Open Space, Outdoor Recreational Facilities, Historic Preservation, and Community Housing activities in the city.  Oversight is provided by the Community Preservation Committee, the body established by the City to manage the CPA program in New Bedford.

To date, New Bedford’s CPA has funded 45 projects across the city, totaling over $5.2 million dollars distributed to open space, recreation, historic preservation, and community housing projects.  Projects funded include the exterior restoration of the Sgt. William Carney House by the Martha Briggs Educational Club, the acquisition of open space at the Acushnet Sawmill by Buzzards Bay Coalition, and the creation of the Sgt. Sean Gannon Memorial Playground at the Elwyn Campbell Elementary School.  Additionally, this CPA funding has leveraged just over $1.2 million dollars in private, state, and federal funding.


Thursday September 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm


The public may participate via Zoom

Password: 036434

Or by calling 1 646-558-8656 Meeting ID:  917 8116 4899 Password: 036434

Translation services in both Spanish and Portuguese for the meeting are available by request only. Please contact the Community Preservation Act Coordinator 48 hours prior to the meeting if you require these services.

Questions concerning CPA and the application process can be directed to Jessica Bailey, CPA Coordinator by email: On September 3, 2020, application materials will be available on the city website at: