Community Preservation Committee

The City of Beverly established the Community Preservation Committee, as is required by State law, following local adoption of the Community Preservation Act.  The Community Preservation Act (CPA) is a smart growth tool that helps communities preserve open space and historic sites, create affordable housing, and develop outdoor recreational facilities. By-products of this law include the overall enhancement of the City's quality of life, retention and creation of jobs, particularly construction jobs, and the potential for increased tourism which helps to support restaurants and retail businesses.  

Funding for these projects comes from a combination of both local and state tax revenues set aside for this purpose.  In Beverly, there is a 1% surcharge on taxes levied against real property.  For FY 2021, there is $977,181.00 in state and local tax revenue available in addition to unspent funds carried over from previous years. These funds are awarded annually through a competitive application process that generally launches in October. The Community Preservation Committee invites and reviews applications submitted from individuals and groups in the Beverly community and makes funding recommendations to the Beverly City Council.  This page lists projects under current review as well as projects that have received funding in the past.


The Community Preservation Committee has created the following documents to explain the purpose of the CPA and how to apply for funding:

Information and Instructions (which includes the funding round schedule)


Full application

PowerPoint Presentation regarding Round 9 Grant Funding Launch

Comments from the general public on September 30, 2021 regarding the types of projects needed, possible specific projects, and resources available to help bring those projects to fruition.


Please contact Denise Deschamps, staff for the Community Preservation Committee, and Economic Development Planner with the Planning and Development Department, if you have questions about the application process and project eligibility.  Denise may be reached via email at or by phone at 978-605-2356.

  Click here to review the list of projects that have previously received CPA funding.

TEMPORARY EMERGENCY HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM:  The City of Beverly, through its Community Preservation Committee, established a temporary, emergency housing assistance program for households with income at 100% or below of area median income who are ineligible to receive assistance from other housing programs or who have received the maximum amount of assistance allowable under these programs.  This new program is being administered by the North Shore Community Action Program.  Please click here for additional information.  The ultimate intent of the program is to assist households who have experienced economic adversity as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic and, as a result, their housing has been jeopardized.  Assistance for homeowners through this new program is only available  to those whose homes are deed-restricted as affordable, per the Community Preservation Act, Massachusetts General Law Chapter 44B.

Regular Meetings

  • The 3rd Thursday of the Month, or as Posted. Click following link to access the CPC's 2021 meeting calendar: /DocumentCenter/View/1828

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes | View Archived Agendas and Minutes


MemberTerm Expires
Heather Richter, Chair - At-Large City Council AppointeeJuly 31, 2022
Derek Beckwith, Vice Chair - Planning Board RepresentativeJuly 31, 2023
Amy Benjamin- At-Large City Council Appointee July 31, 2024
Robert Buchsbaum - Conservation Commission Representative
July 31, 2021
Thomas Bussone, II - Housing Authority Representative
July 31, 2021
Christy Edwards - At-Large City Council Appointee
July 31, 2023
Nancy Marino - Parks and Recreation Commission RepresentativeJuly 31, 2022
Marilyn McCrory - Open Space and Recreation Committee RepresentativeJuly 31, 2023
Wendy Pearl, Historic District Commission RepresentativeJuly 31, 2022