Community Preservation Committee Website

The purpose of the Canton Community Preservation Committee is to administer Community Preservation Act funds for projects that benefit the public in the areas of open space protection, historic preservation, community housing and outdoor recreation. Voters approved the statewide Community Preservation Act (CPA) at the 2012 General Election through a 1% surcharge on all real estate property tax bills with two exemptions: Residential property owned and occupied by any person who qualifies for low-income housing, or low- or moderate-income senior housing and the first $100,000 of taxable value of all residential real property. At the 2014 Annual Town Meeting, voters approved to extend the $100,000 tax exemption to commercial and industrial property owners.  
 2014 Annual Town report
The Committee looks forward to working with the Town’s boards, commissions, private citizens and businesses to identify projects that will preserve and enhance our Town’s quality of life. 

To qualify for CPA (Community Preservation Act)  funding, a project must meet the legal requirements for one or more of the following project categories:

Historical Preservation
Open Space
Community Housing

Is our Project Eligible?


Canton's CPA Projects
Project Name
Year  Project Sponsor Appropriation
 HS Tennis Court Restoration
 2014  School Committee  $200,000
 Veteran’s Housing - Electrical Box Replacement for 13 units
 2014  Canton Housing Authority  $30,000
 Veteran’s Housing - Smoke Detector Upgrade for 26 units
 2014  Canton Housing Authority  $63,700
 Canton Corner Cemetery Gravestone Restoration, Phase 1
 2014  Historical  Commission and DPW  $25,000
 1840 Friendship Quilt by Canton women
 2014  Historical Society  $2,750
 Civil War Soldier Statue Restoration at Memorial Hall
 2014  Veteran's Agent  $30,000

Schedule for Applicants

Projects for consideration at the 2016 Town Meeting, should observe the following schedule:  Pre-application period opens July 1, 2015 and forms are due by October 1, 2015

Full project applications are due by November 17, 2015

The Committee is planning to a host a workshop for CPA applicants this summer, more details to follow.

Community Preservation Plan

2015 Approved Plan

After adopting the Community Preservation Act, each community must develop a Community Preservation Plan to facilitate implementation of the Act, according to Section 5 (b)1 of CPA. The Community Preservation Committee must hold a public hearing and update the plan every year.

For more information visit , as well as view the following instructions and guidance on Canton’s specific process for application funding

For project information contact CCPC Administrator at or (339) 502-5729.