Community Preservation Program

CPA FY25 GRANT ROUND OPEN UNTIL September 20, 2023

The Yarmouth Community Preservation Committee is accepting Community Preservation Act (CPA) grant applications until Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 12:00 Noon for consideration at the spring 2024 Annual Town Meeting. 

2024 Project Application Form

Submission guidelines and procedures

Project Interest Form for Future Consideration

Applications approved at the 2023 Annual Town Meeting:

Yarmouth Port Library Preservation

HECH Home Loan Emergency Program

Friends Meetinghouse Preservation

Affordable Housing Trust General Deposit

AHT Buy-Down Amendment to Include Rental Units

Riverwalk Park Supplemental

Taylor Bray Farm Barn Rehabilitation Phase 2

Friends of Bass River Preliminary Bridge Designs

FORWARD Phase 2 Construction

Red Wilson Field Safety Improvements

Applications approved at the 2022 Annual Town Meeting:

Affordable Housing Trust

Memorial Arch and Pump Restoration

Ancient Cemetery Preservation

Ancient Cemetery Application Budget

Friends of Bass River Watershed Restoration

Friends of Bass River Supplemental Information


The Community Preservation Act (CPA) MGL. c. 44B was enacted by the state to allow any Town in Massachusetts to adopt a property tax surcharge of up to 3%, the revenues from which and any matching State funds (up to 100%) could be appropriated for community housing, historic preservation, open space, and recreation projects.

In January 2005, Yarmouth voters adopted a 3% property tax surcharge under the Community Preservation Act and withdrew from the Cape Cod Landbank. Since then, the Town appointed a nine-member Community Preservation Committee and Town Meeting has approved projects based on Community Preservation Committee recommendations.

At the November 2020 Annual Town Meeting, voters approved a 0.78% reduction to the local CPA surcharge to offset a corresponding new surcharge creating a Water Infrastructure Investment Fund (WIIF).  These changes were approved by voters on the May 2021 ballot.

CPA funds may be spent on qualifying projects in the four target areas of community housing, historic preservation, open space, and recreation. These funds cannot be used for any other purposes.