Guidelines & Applications

Manual & Applications

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Upcoming Important Dates - As of September 22, 2016

 Oct 10 - Final CPA Application due
 Oct 19 - CPC Meeting
 Oct 22 and/or Oct 29 - Site Visits

JUNE 1, 2016:  August 2016-January 2017: Community Preservation New Round of Funding Begins

The Community Preservation Committee is accepting new applications for CPA funds. The Committee’s application cycle begins in August and ends in January with a recommendation on projects moving forward to Annual Town Meeting. A 2-step process has been implemented to assist applicants early in the process.

Applications will be available as of June 1, 2016 at the Town Clerk’s Office and on our Town’s website under the Community Preservation Committee. Completed applications should be submitted to Carol Costello - Engineering Dept, located at the DPW building 25 Bare Cove Park Drive, Hingham. Please feel free to email Carol at or call at 781 741-1430 if you have any questions.
Step 1: Preliminary Application – Due: 8/19/16
Step 2: Final Application – Due: 10/10/16

Please refer to the Community Preservation Committee Process Manual (PDF) for full details.

Important Dates - Mandatory 2-Step Process Due Dates

Step 1: Preliminary Community Preservation Act Application (PDF) - Available: May 1, 2017 - Accepting through: August 23, 2017
Please complete and submit as soon as you know of a worthy project. Once submitted to the CPC Office, a CPC staff member will contact you to confirm that your project is eligible and will assign a CPC Project Manager to assist you with completing the 2nd step to this application process which is the Final CPA Application.

If the Preliminary CPA Application is approved then you would complete step 2.

Step 2: Final Community Preservation Act Application (PDF) - Deadline: October 13, 2017
Applications are available in the Clerk’s Office at the Town Hall and on our Town’s website under CPC as of May 1, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to complete the Preliminary Application and submit as soon as it is completed.

Completed applications should be submitted to Carol Costello - CPC Office/Engineering Department, located at:
DPW Building - 2nd floor
25 Bare Cove Park Drive
Hingham, MA 02043

Please feel free to contact Carol Costello if you have any questions by email or by phone 781-741-1430.

Statement from Robert Curley, 2015-2016 Chair of CPC

"Last year the CPC instituted the use of an optional preliminary application for grants of CPA funds and advised that the use of the preliminary application would become mandatory for grant applications in the 2015/2016 grant cycle. The CPC has found the preliminary application very useful in determining project qualifications, in assigning project managers and in allowing CPC staff and project managers to provide early guidance to project proponents concerning the timely submission of final grant applications and all necessary supporting documents. The CPC encourages early submission of the preliminary application, early consultation with CPC staff, and early submission of the final application and supporting documents. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the CPC will defer consideration of proposals to a later year for projects where there is no preliminary application and an untimely and/or incomplete final application lacking required supporting documentation. The CPC has typically received proposals for awards which far exceed available CPA funds and can best perform its function when it has timely and complete applications. Extraordinary circumstances might include potential open space acquisitions which only become available after the application deadlines."