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City Council Awards First Batch of Boston Community Preservation Funds

Boston City Council voted on Thursday, June 21, to approve the first batch of Boston Community Preservation funding requests.
Thirty-five projects across the city were awarded funds totaling just over $8 million. 

“I am thrilled to see preservation projects in Boston get the funding they need through CPA,” said Alison Frazee, director of advocacy at the Alliance. Since 2017, Frazee has served as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for Yes for a Better Boston and provides technical assistance to the community. “Everyone is excited to get the first round of projects in the ground. I look forward to working with applicants to prepare for future rounds so that together we can preserve Boston’s historic character.” 

The pilot round of CPA awarded $2,756,445 in funds to historic preservation and $1,330,900 in funds to blended projects in historic preservation and open and green space.

The next round of applications will start August 15. Eligibility forms are due Friday, September 7. The application deadline is Friday, September 28 at 4 p.m


2018 CPA Grant Recipients in the Category of Historic Preservation (Pilot Round)

  • Vilna Shul, Beacon Hill
    External restoration, masonry and carpentry
  • Sip & Spoke Comfort Station, Dorchester 
    Gap funding to complete restoration
  • South End House, South End
    Gap funding to complete roof repairs
  • St. Augustine’s Chapel & Cemetery, South Boston 
    Gates to allow public access
  • Eliot Church, Roxbury 
    Restore corner stairs used by public
  • Roxbury Presbyterian, Roxbury 
    Gates to allow public access
  • First Church Roxbury, Roxbury 
    Finish exterior restoration — gates and grounds
  • Clap & Clapp Houses, North Dorchester
    Finish barn, carriage house and fence restoration
  • Old Josiah Quincy School, Chinatown 
    Stairs, wheelchair ramp
  • Otis House, West End 
    Exterior work
  • Emmanuel Church, Back Bay
    Doors, exterior work 

2018 CPA Grant Recipients in the Blended Category of Historic Preservation and Open & Green Space
(Pilot Round)

  • Franklin Park Bears Frieze, Grove Hall
    Restore masonry
  • Westland Ave Gateway, Fenway 
    Gap funding to complete restoration of Johnson Gates
  • Roseway Schooner, Fan Pier, Harbor
    Gap funding to restore ship
  • Olmsted Park, Jamaica Plain
    Woodlands, stairs, path restoration
  • Copp’s Hill Burial Ground, North End
    Gravestone restoration
  • Mt. Hope Cemetery, Roslindale 
    Plant trees
  • Evergreen Cemetery, Brighton 
    Finish path restoration, fix fence and gates


September 7: Deadline for eligibility forms for Fall 2018 Community Preservation Funds

Boston has an estimated $20 million in annual funds to support capital projects in historic preservation, affordable housing, and parks and green spaces.

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