Community Preservation Committee

In November 2016, Pittsfield's voters adopted the Community Preservation Act.  The Community Preservation Act (or "CPA") was adopted in Massachusetts in 2000 (enabled under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44B).  The purpose of CPA was to enable a locally supported fund supplemented with a partial match from the state that could be utilized for projects that involve historic preservation, open space, outdoor recreation, and affordable housing.  For more information on project eligibility from the Department of Revenue, please click here.

In order to administer the fund, the City must create a local Community Preservation Committee (or "CPC"), which was created in February 2017 under Article LI, Section 2-289 of the City Code.  The Committee includes appointments from the Community Development Board, Parks Commission, Conservation Commission, Historical Commission and the Pittsfield Housing Authority, as well as four "at-large" appointments submitted by the Mayor to the City Council for approval.  Please visit our Boards And Commissions Page for more information.

Before reviewing reviewing project applications, the CPC adopted a Community Preservation Plan that outlines City goals and priorities in January 2018.  As part of that process, the CPC held one public input session in September, created a public survey that received 672 responses, and held a public hearing.  The final Community Preservation Plan can be found here.

New Funding Cycle Fall 2020 - Administration of Fiscal Year 2021
The CPC has scheduled its yearly public hearing for their meeting on October 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm.  This meeting will be broadcast on PCTV and Facebook Live under the City Hall Facebook page.  The CPC has also finalized this year's Eligibility Application, which can be found here.  This application is due by November 6, 2020 at 3:00 pm.  Instructions are included within the application.  While more pertinent to the preparation of the funding application that comes after the eligibility phase, the scoring criteria utilized at this stage can be found here.

ELIGIBILITY Applications for FY21:
AM Management/Eastview Apartments
Berkshire Athenaeum/Large Photo Digitization
Berkshire Co. Historical Soc./Arrowhead Structure Report
Berkshire Dream Center/Masonry Work
Berkshire Theatre Group/Warehouse Rehabilitation
Brigham Community Center/Eureka Trail
City of Pittsfield/Picnic Tables
City of Pittsfield/Deming Park Restroom
City of Pittsfield/Barkerville Parking Lot
City of Pittsfield/Small Plaque Restoration
Country Club of Pittsfield/Chimney Repair
Pittsfield Historical Commission/Preserving Endangered Historic Properties
YMCA/Façade Restoration

Administration of Fiscal Year 2018
The CPC solicited project eligibility applications and received 20 applications.  Of those 20 applications, 13 were deemed eligible, requesting a total of $1,147,150.  Eleven of the eligible applicants submitted funding applications, requesting a total of $659,915.  After receiving presentations on all of the projects and evaluating them based on the previously developed scoring criteria, the CPC unanimously recommended providing full and partial funding totally $320,000 to the 11 projects.  The City Council unanimously approved the CPC recommendations on June 26, 2018.  Project awards can be found here.

Administration of Fiscal Year 2019
The CPC received 15 eligibility applications, requesting a total of $959,800, with a total allocation of potential CPA funding of $613,359.05.  All 15 applications were deemed eligible for CPA funds.  14 funding applications were received.  After review, the CPC recommended the City Council fund 12 of the projects, totaling $575,919.60.  The City Council approved 11 of the 12 projects, allocating $540,648.00.  Project awards can be found here.

Administration of Fiscal Year 2020
The CPC received 19 eligibility applications, requesting a total of $1,317,725, with a total allocation of potential CPA funding of $655,399.  18 of the 19 projects were deemed eligible.  The CPC received 15 funding applications.  As a result of the pandemic, the process was put on hold in March 2020.  During this time, the Mayor put forward a COVID-19 Economic Recovery Program that included a request of $110,000 in CPA funds to be utilized for Emergency Housing Assistance.  This project was recommended for approval and approved by the City Council.  The original projects also continued moving forward, with the CPA conducting a process that led to funding recommendations that were approved in July and September for 12 of the 15 projects.  Project awards can be found here.