FY 2025 CPA Project Eligibility Application Form

The Carlisle Community Preservation Committee is soliciting project proposals under the Community Preservation Act (CPA) through July 31, 2023 to be approved at the October 16, 2023 Special Town Meeting.

Applications must be submitted to Town Hall by January 19, 2024 to be eligible. Please submit one hard copy of each complete project application to Ryan McLane, Town Administrator, (second floor, Town Hall) or email him at rmclane@carlislema.gov.

The town has voted to levy a 2% annual surcharge on property tax bills in accordance with the provisions of the CPA. The CPA also provides that the State may elect to match all, part, or none of the surcharge collected by the town.  In FY24, Carlisle’s CPA surcharge resulted in a state match of $110,940 or 21.02%. 

The funds collected through the CPA process must be expended on a project relating to three areas: open space and recreation, historical preservation, and community housing. At least 10% of the estimated funds collected must be spent on each of these three areas. The projected fund balances for June 30, 2023 were Open Space/Recreation ($312,209), Community Housing ($511,117), Historic ($403,756) and Undesignated ($1,477,070). 

To obtain funding, a project must be recommended to Town Meeting by a majority of CPC members and then be approved at Town Meeting by Carlisle citizens. After the project application deadline, the CPC will notify project sponsors of the acceptance of their proposal. The CPC intends to review applications and receive presentations from applicants at meetings beginning after the application submission closing date. The committee will recommend a final list of projects for consideration at the Special Town Meeting in the fall.

The committee will work with applicants and Town Counsel to set up Grant Agreements. These agreements will specifically outline what funds are to be used for. Agreements will be completed before the town meeting and copies will be sent with the warrant handbook.

FY 2025 CPA Project Eligibility Application Form (PDF)

For more information, please contact Ryan McLane, Town Administrator, at rmclane@carlislema.gov or Barney Arnold, Chair of the CPC, at Barney4Carlisle@gmail.com