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Lowell Community Preservation Action Application Period Now Open
LOWELL, MA – The City of Lowell’s Community Preservation Committee has approved a Community Preservation Plan, and is now accepting proposals for use of CPA funding for the program’s first funding round. Additional information about the CPA application process and the application form are available at: lowellma.gov/CPC.
Participation in the Community Preservation Act provides the City of Lowell with a means of addressing key issues within the City related to open space, outdoor recreation, historic preservation, and community housing. Residents voted to adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA) in November 2019 following a vote by the City Council to place it on the ballot.
Applicants submitting proposals for use of CPA funds must complete an eligibility form. This form will be used by the Committee to determine whether a project is eligible for Community Preservation Act funds. The deadline for all eligibility forms for FY21 is September 9, 2021.
All submittals will be received by the CPC, which will review the eligibility of each project. Those determined to be eligible will be invited to submit a full application to the Committee, which will further applications and vote on a funding recommendation based on criteria established in the CPC Plan. Projects receiving a favorable recommendation from the Committee will require approval by the City Council.
2021 Community Preservation Act Deadlines:
• Pre-Eligibility Forms (Accepted on a rolling basis): September 9, 2021
• Full Applications: October 15, 2021
• Estimated Award Date: January 15, 2022
The City receives funding through the CPA via a 1% surcharge on local property taxes. Exemptions to the surcharge were approved by the City for the first $100,000 of a residential property’s value, full commercial property value, and low-income, and low or moderate-income senior homeowners. Additional funding is received in the form of a match from the Commonwealth’s Community Preservation Fund.
Following adoption of the CPA, the City of Lowell formed a 9-member Community Preservation Commission to administer funding. The CPC has engaged in extensive efforts to assess the needs of the City that could be addressed through use of CPA funds, including through a public meeting to solicit input from the community held in April and a widely circulated community survey.
The City of Lowell’s full Community Preservation Plan can be viewed online at: lowellma.gov/cpcplan. Any questions or requests for additional information related to the CPA can be directed to Dylan Ricker, Assistant Planner - Community Preservation at 978.674.1464 or firstname.lastname@example.org.