Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Councilors Flynn & Flaherty Urge Southie to Apply for CPA Funds by September 3rd

As the deadline for the 2022 funding round for the Community Preservation Act grants approaches, Councilors Ed Flynn and Michael Flaherty are urging South Boston residents again to consider applying for CPA funding for relevant projects. Interested applicants would need to contact the Community Preservation team regarding their eligibility, then submit the CPA’s rolling eligibility form by Friday, September 3, 2021 at 5pm.

In July, City Councilor Ed Flynn and City Councilor At-Large Michael Flaherty partnered with the Office of Community Preservation to host an information session for District 2 residents on the Community Preservation Act (CPA). The meeting provided information and resources for South Boston residents, nonprofits, community and youth sports organizations to apply for CPA funding. The Councilors also emphasized that with 16 applications submitted over 4 rounds, and 7 projects subsequently approved, it’s critical for community organizations and neighbors to apply so that we do not lose out on available funding to help improve and preserve our neighborhood. With nearly half of South Boston applications awarded funding, 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.

The CPA provides funding for initiatives related to affordable housing, historic preservation, open space, and outdoor recreation facilities. From 2018 to 2021, there were 16 applications from South Boston, and the following seven approved for CPA funding:


  • Martin's Park - $500,000

  • St. Augustine Historic Chapel - $499,075

  • Barnard Place Park - $150,000 

  • Congress St Fire Museum - $150,000

  • Harry McDonough Sailing Center - $78,783

  • Castle Island Interpretive Signs - $75,000

  • Kearsarge Anchor - $75,000 


To be considered for CPA’s 2022 funding round, interested applicants need to please contact the Community Preservation team regarding eligibility at 617-635-0545 and thadine.brown@boston.gov before filling out the CPA’s rolling eligibility form by Friday, September 3, 2021 at 5pm. The form can be accessed through the Office of Community Preservation’s website at www.boston.gov/cpa. If CPA staff reviews the project and determines that it can be funded under CPA requirements, the applicant will be invited to complete an application for CPA grants. An outline of the application steps can be found here: https://www.boston.gov/community-preservation/how-apply-community-preservation-funds. For more information, including to request translation or interpretation services, please contact thadine.brown@boston.gov


“I’m calling on my neighbors to contact CPA and apply for funding by September 3rd 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. “ 


"When I worked to get the CPA adopted in Boston, it was because I knew the transformative effects the funds from the program would have across the city," said Councilor Flaherty. "With over $92M authorized for projects across the city already, we are seeing those changes. I want to make sure residents in South Boston have every opportunity to harness the impact of these funds, and I encourage folks to get their applications in."


For more information, please contact Councilor Flynn’s office at 617-635-3203 and ed.flynn@boston.gov.

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