BOSTON, MA – The application for the 2023 funding round of the Community Preservation Act (CPA) grants is now open, with nearly $39 million available for CPA projects. Council President Ed Flynn and Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty are urging District 2 residents again to consider applying for CPA funding for relevant projects in the categories of affordable housing, historic preservation, and open space for recreation. Interested applicants would need to contact the Community Preservation team regarding their eligibility, then submit the CPA’s rolling eligibility form by Wednesday, August 31, 2022.
It’s critical for community organizations and neighbors to apply so that District 2 does not lose out on available funding to help improve and preserve our neighborhoods. Numerous applications from District 2 have previously received CPA funding, such as $650,000 this past round for the Little League baseball field at N St and near Medal of Honor Park in South Boston. It’s also crucial for those who may have been denied in the past to re-apply and continue to stay engaged with the CPA team, as the program has awarded over $119 million to support 242 projects across the city since 2018. Below are are some of the projects in District 2 that were were approved for CPA funding:
- Little League Field – Christopher Lee Playground (N Street/Medal of Honor Park) – $650,000
- Martin’s Park – $500,000
- St. Augustine Historic Chapel – $499,075
- Barnard Place Park – $184,390 in total ($34,390 in 2022 and $150,000 in 2020)
- Congress St Fire Museum – $477,000 in total ($327,000 in 2022 and $150,000 in 2021)
- Harry McDonough Sailing Center – $78,783
- Castle Island Interpretive Signs – $75,000
- Kearsarge Anchor – $75,000
- The League of Women for Community Service -$400,000
- Church of St. Augustine and St. Martin – $200,000
- Friends of Crite Park – $250,000
- South End House – $46,260
- Union United – $400,000
- Peters Park – $146,000
- Francis Dane House – $100,000
- Boston’s Children’s Museum – $100,000
- 288 Harrison Residence affordable rental housing – $2,000,000
- 95 Hudson Street affordable rowhouse – $150,000
- Chin Park – $250,000
To be considered for CPA’s 2023 funding round, interested applicants need to contact the Community Preservation team regarding eligibility at 617-635-0545 and [email protected] before filling out the CPA’s rolling eligibility form by Wednesday, August 31, 2022. The form can be accessed through the Office of Community Preservation’s website at www.boston.gov/cpa. The CPA will review applications by January 2023 and will vote on a list of proposals in February to recommend to the Mayor who will then make a recommendation on the slate to be voted on by the Boston City Council. For more information, including to request translation or interpretation services, please contact [email protected].
“I’m calling on my District 2 neighbors, civic groups, and youth sports organizations to contact CPA and apply for funding by August 31st, so that our community has the chance to receive funding for initiatives on affordable housing, historic preservation, open space, and outdoor recreation,” said Councilor Flynn. “CPA funding is an important resource for our community, and neighbors should take full advantage of this funding opportunity so that we can further strengthen and improve our neighborhoods.”
“Some of the most exciting and creative projects in our ever-changing City–innovative affordable housing projects, parks, and historic preservation projects– are the result of resident and community-driven CPA proposals,” said Councilor Michael Flaherty, Chair of the Council’s Community Preservation Committee. “I am confident that the nearly $39 million allocation in CPA funds will allow for significant community-driven, transformational change in every corner of our neighborhoods and look forward to another exciting round of applications.”
For more information, please contact Councilor Flynn’s office at 617-635-3203 and [email protected].
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
…you have better luck than Councillor Baker had in securing funds for local use in and around the neighborhood.
Not if Chi-town ‘Chellie has any say.