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The interior of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lenox received Community Preservation Act money to help fund its recently completed restoration project. The town is accepting applications for CPA projects in fiscal 2022.

LENOX — How should the town's annual pot of Community Preservation Act money be spent?

That's the question Lenox officials are asking as the town seeks to support projects tied to historical preservation, affordable housing as well as open space and recreation.

The Community Preservation Committee has invited applicants to submit their requests for fiscal 2022 projects.

It was unclear how much would be available for 2022, but in September, voters at annual town meeting approved spending of $411,765 or four projects in fiscal 2021.

Adopted by the town in 2006, the Community Preservation Act has "helped fund many projects, benefiting Lenox residents and visitors from the Berkshires and beyond," a Town Hall announcement stated.

Recent projects have included assistance to the Berkshire Natural Resources Council’s “High Road” trail work; renovation to the barn at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Sanctuary, restoration of Trinity Episcopal Church's historic structure, restoration efforts at the Frelinghuysen-Morris House and Studio, stable restoration at Edith Wharton’s The Mount and historic preservation efforts at Ventfort Hall.

Previously, CPA funds have been used to purchase the Lenox Library for the town; to assist the Lenox Affordable Housing Trust and to improve accessibility at the Town Beach.

The CPC is appointed by the Select Board with a mission to oversee Community Preservation funds collected through a 3 percent property tax surcharge and a state match. The match, which varies year to year, was just under 18 percent for fiscal 2021.

Phase 1 applications are available now on the town's website. The deadline for submission is 4 p.m. Nov. 30. The CPC will meet on Dec. 7 to review the first phase applications. Phase 2 applications are due 4 p.m. Jan. 11.

The committee will hold a public meeting on June 7, 2021, to hear from residents about what they believe are priority funding areas and projects for the town.

For more information, contact Land Use Director/Town Planner Gwen Miller at gmiller@townoflenox.com.