News Briefs: Community Preservation Act applications; Du Bois legacy committee seeks members

The town-sponsored committee holds events throughout the year to commemorate the work of Du Bois, including a W.E.B. Du Bois Day celebration; the annual Du Bois Festival during January and February, and classes, seminars and speakers.

Community Preservation Act applications available for FY ’21 projects

Great Barrington — Applications for the upcoming fiscal year 2021 Community Preservation Act grant round are now available. The CPA provides town funding for projects in four categories: historic preservation, affordable housing, open-space preservation and outdoor recreation.

Applicants must successfully complete two application steps in order to be considered for funding at the 2020 annual town meeting. After reviewing Step 1 applications, the community preservation committee will invite eligible applicants to submit Step 2 of the application. Only projects that complete Step 1 and are invited by the committee may submit Step 2.

Step 1 applications will be accepted until 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4. the committee will meet Tuesday, Oct. 8, to review applications and invite eligible projects to complete Step 2 submissions.

Before submitting applications, applicants must familiarize themselves with CPA legislation as well as the town’s CPA bylaw and community preservation plan.

For more information, contact town planner Chris Rembold at crembold@townofgb.org. Applicants are encouraged to consult the Community Preservation Coalition website.

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Town seeks members for Du Bois legacy committee

Great Barrington — The W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee is accepting applications from interested new members.

The committee works to “preserve and promote Great Barrington native W.E.B. Du Bois’s legacy as a scholar and activist for freedom, civil rights, progressive education, economic justice and racial equality.”

The town-sponsored committee holds events throughout the year to commemorate the work of Du Bois, including a W.E.B. Du Bois Day celebration; the annual Du Bois Festival during January and February, and classes, seminars and speakers. The committee collaborates with UMass Amherst and other educational institutions along with arts, history and community organizations. The committee also oversees a rotating display of Du Bois artifacts at the Mason Library.

Interested applicants may contact Helen Kuziemko via email at hkuziemko@townofgb.org or send a letter to Helen Kuziemko, Town of Great Barrington, 334 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230