Guidelines for Submission

Community Preservation Act

Town of Wellfleet

Guidelines for Project Submission


The Town of Wellfleet is pleased to be able to offer the attached application form for Community Preservation Act Funds. These funds are available for the following purposes:

  1. The acquisition, creation and preservation of open space
  2. The acquisition and preservation of historic resources
  3. The acquisition, creation and preservation of land for recreational use and rehabilitation of outdoor recreational facilities
  4. The creation, preservation and support of community housing
A project may encompass more than one funding category. Please keep in mind that there are legal limitations on the uses of CPA funds. The full text of the Community Preservation Act and other useful information can be found at If you have any questions about the CPA or the application process, please contact  Jen Elsensohn (508-349-0323)


Proposals for Community Preservation Funding must be submitted using the attached application form. All relevant information requested on the application form must be included with the proposal.

Applications must be typewritten and ten copies of the application and all supporting documentation must be submitted to:

                 Community Preservation Committee
                 Town of Wellfleet
                 211 West Main Street
                 Wellfleet, MA 02667

Applicants should obtain quotes for project costs whenever possible. If not available, estimates may be used provided the basis of the estimate if fully explained.

For applicants that have multiple project requests, please prioritize projects.

Requests must be received by October 15 of each year to be considered for recommendation at the Annual Town Meeting in April. Unless an applicant can demonstrate that a significant opportunity would otherwise be lost, applications submitted after this date will be considered for the fall Special Town Meeting.

Review by the Community Preservation Committee

Each application will be acknowledged when it is received. It will be reviewed for completeness and the applicant will be notified if additional information is required.

Once the CPC has determined that an application is complete, the project sponsors will be given an opportunity to present the scope and details of the project to the CPC.

From time to time, the CPC will schedule public hearings to discuss its work, to review proposals under consideration and to receive comments from the citizens of Wellfleet. In addition, there is an opportunity for citizens to speak as a part of the agenda at each CPC meeting.

The CPC will submit its recommendations for the use of CPA funds to Town Meeting for approval.

General Criteria

The Wellfleet Community Preservation Committee encourages proposals that address as many of the following general criteria as possible:

  • Contribution to the preservation of Wellfleet’s unique character, contribution to the vitality of the community, and contribution to the quality of life for its residents
  • Consistency with Wellfleet’s Local Comprehensive Plan and other planning documents
  • Feasibility
  • Urgency
  • Affordable cost
  • Service to a currently under-served population
  • Acquisition of threatened resources
  • Strong community support
  • Preservation of a resource or opportunity that would otherwise be lost
  • Leverage for additional public and/or private funds
  • Service to more than one CPA category