New Bedford Community Preservation Act Applications to be Presented at Virtual Public Meetings

New Bedford, Massachusetts – The City of New Bedford invites all interested community members to review the Fiscal Year 2023 Community Preservation Act (CPA) applications before the Community Preservation Committee and offer feedback at three virtual community meetings held in January.

The FY23 application process began in September with the eligibility determination phase. Eligible applicants were invited to submit project applications in November. Twenty-four applications seeking over $2.3 million in CPA funding were received by the deadline. For FY23, there is $2 million available to be awarded by the CPC. During the month of January, the CPC invites the applicants to present their project at a public meeting and allows the community to comment in this public setting. Once the CPC has completed their application review, the committee will vote on the projects to recommend for funding and submit their recommendations to the City Council for final consideration and awarding of funds.

All meetings will be held via Zoom. To participate, go to:

Meeting ID: 861 4487 8769

Passcode: 479830

Or call (646) 558-8656    Meeting ID: 861 4487 8769   Passcode: 479830

The project applicants will present at the following meeting dates:

Tuesday January 10, 2023

via Zoom
Thursday January 19, 2023

via Zoom

Tuesday January 24, 2023

via Zoom

Project Applications Project Applications Project Applications

  • Ft. Taber Ft. Rodman Military Museum 212th Field Artillery Unit Mural Preservation
  • Historic Tea Kettle Assessment and Restoration
  • City Clerk Record Preservation Phase II
  • James Arnold Manion Exterior Preservation
  • Rotch-Jones-Duff House Roof
  • NB Free Public Library Archive Mobile Shelving



  • NB Whaling Museum Digitization of Whaling Logbooks & Journals
  • Pine Hill Park Expansion – Mill Interpretive Overlook
  • Sgt. Carney Academy Playground
  • NB Free Public Library Paintings Conservation
  • Ricketson Nature Center Rehabilitation
  • Coffin Howland House Feasibility Study
  • Riverside Park Pond Restoration Plan
  • Strand Theater Restoration

  • Sgt. Carney House Porch Rehabilitation
  • Gallery X Stained Glass Window Restoration
  • Capitol Theater Exterior Restoration
  • Boys & Girls Club Playground
  • NB Fishing Heritage Center Archive
  • Historic Cemetery Public Tombs Structures Assessment
  • Rural Cemetery Office Building Rehabilitation
  • Rural Cemetery Gravestone Conservation
  • Temple Landing II



To review the FY23 applications, please visit the CPC webpage at:

Public comment must be received by January 25, 2023, and can be provided by attending the virtual meetings, emailing comments to or mailing  your comments to CPC, Department of City Planning, 133 William St, Room 303, New Bedford, MA, 02740. For more information, please contact the CPA Manager at (508) 979-1488.

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 Affordable Housing activities in the city. Oversight of this process rests with the Community Preservation Committee, the body established by the City to oversee the CPA program in New Bedford.

Since FY18, the CPC has recommended, and the City Council has approved, seventy-nine grants totaling over $8.4 million in CPA funding to projects which have preserved historic resources and open space; created community housing opportunities; and both improved and created recreational facilities throughout the city.