Application Process

Step 1. Complete & Submit a 2-Part Application:



Required Application Components

  1. Read the Community Preservation Committee Process Manual (PDF) - Updated September 2020
  2. Read the Application Information Guide for steps required to complete the two applications.
  3. Complete the Preliminary Application due by September 15, 2020 by email to CPC@hingham-ma.gov
  4. Complete the Final Application due by October 13, 2020 by email to CPC@hingham-ma.gov

Important Notes

  • Preliminary application are due by September 15, 2020, and then the final application due by October 13, 2020.
  • Submit application forms to the CPC via email:  CPC@hingham-ma.gov 
  • Once your preliminary is received, a CPC staff member will contact you to assist with any questions and help determine if your application is eligible for CPA funds.    If your project is deemed eligible, you will move to the next step of the application process, the Final Application.
  • Late Submissions - Due to the length and complexity of the process leading to Town Meeting recommendations, the Committee does not generally consider applications submitted after the deadline.
  • Applications will be reviewed by CPC beginning in Sept 2020.  The final approval will be voted on at the Annual Town Meeting 2021
    (ATM 2021: April 26, 2021)
  •  If you are not the owner(s) of the property for which you are seeking CPC funds, it is required that you receive permission from the owner(s) of the property/building before applying for a CPC grant to do work there.  (For instance, if your project is requesting funds to do work on a building or on land owned by the Town, you must get on the Board of Selectmen’s meeting agenda to request permission to do the work, and you must receive that permission prior to the deadline for submitting a CPC application.)
    CPC will not entertain an application without this permission.

Step 2. Community Preservation Committee Review & Public Comment


  • A. The CPC will review applications to determine whether:
    • Proposed projects are eligible for Community Preservation funding;
    • Proposed projects are sufficiently developed in terms of their work plan and timing for further consideration; and
    • Proposed projects are consistent with town goals and plans and will provide a benefit to citizens of Hingham (see attached criteria).
  • B. Proponent Presentations:  CPC will seek in-person comments on proposed projects at public hearings to be scheduled in November 2020 and January 2021.
  • C. CPC Recommendations: CPC will make its final recommendations for funding in January 2021.

Step 3. Town Meeting Approval


The CPC determines which projects are most appropriate for funding and presents its recommendations to the Board of Selectmen and Advisory Committee, each of which votes either to support or not to support each recommended project. Projects are then presented in the warrant for Town Meeting consideration. Town Meeting has the final authority to award funds from Hingham's Community Preservation Fund. A majority vote is required to approve funding. A 2/3 vote is required to approve acquisition of real property.

Step 4. Funding Award


Funding for approved projects will be available following Town Meeting, subject to satisfaction of any closing conditions established by the Community Preservation Committee and Town Meeting. Funds will not be released until any required restrictions have been recorded at the Registry of Deeds. Upon approval by Town Meeting, grantees will be required to enter into a Grant Agreement specifying the amount and conditions of the grant.