HARVARD -- Harvard's Community Preservation Committee (CPC) will hold a public review of its fiscal 2015 grant applications on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. at Hildreth House, 13 Ayer Road.

This review is intended to provide an opportunity for the Harvard community to review, inquire about, and comment upon the applications now being evaluated for funding under Massachusetts' Community Preservation Act (CPA). The CPC seeks community input into these applications as part of its process for evaluating and recommending them for CPA funding.

Applications for CPA funding for fiscal 2015 are now available on the CPC page of the Harvard town website. The CPC will present its recommended slate of grants and CPA funding sources at the Annual Town Meeting scheduled for April 1, 2014.

The town of Harvard adopted Massachusetts' Community Preservation Act, which created a Community Preservation Fund (CPF) to support the preservation endeavors of participating municipalities, in 2001. Harvard collects a surcharge of 1.1 percent on local property taxes towards the CPF, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts provides matching funds from the Massachusetts Community Preservation Trust Fund at a rate determined each year by the Commissioner of Revenue.

Organizations or citizens who seek funding for projects related to Historical Preservation, Open Space, Recreation or Community Housing can submit a completed Request for Funding form (posted on the Harvard town website), along with any supporting documents, to the Harvard Selectmen's Office.


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The CPC reviews each year's submissions to determine funding eligibility, and makes recommendations at the Annual Town Meeting.