Community Preservation Committee Project Eligibility Process Now Open

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. The Community Preservation Committee has scheduled a public hearing at 6 p.m. Oct. 19 for comments related to the use of Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds and the city's priorities in relation to the Community Preservation Plan. 
 
Also, the committee announced that the Project Eligibility Application process for a new year of CPA funds is now open.
 
The public hearing will be held virtually via Zoom. Participation instructions will be included with the meeting agenda once it is posted on the city website in early October. 
 
The committee will provide an overview of the city's first three years in operation and welcomes public participation to understand community priorities as it begins year three of soliciting potential projects for funding.
 
Eligibility Project Applications are due by 3 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2020. 
 
The application process involves two steps. The first is a determination of whether a project is eligible for CPA funds under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44B. A digital version of the application for this first step is available through the Community Preservation Committee webpage referenced below. 
 
Upon confirmed eligibility, projects will then be invited to submit applications for funding in early 2021.
 
A link to the Community Preservation Plan and eligibility application can be found through the Community Preservation Committee page located through the city's website.
 
For more information, please call CJ Hoss, City Planner, at 413-499-9366 or email at choss@cityofpittsfield.org.
 

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