PB6- $1,000,000


PB Vote Week December 1-8


The City of Cambridge has launched its sixth Participatory Budgeting (PB6) cycle. This time, the City will set aside $1,000,000 for capital projects to improve the community!




Click here to see what projects are on the ballot.



Over 1,600 ideas were submitted this cycle, the most ever! Click here to view all of the ideas.


What is PB all about?

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process through which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. The City hopes that PB will help directly involve residents in the budgeting and City-building process, foster civic engagement and community spirit, and help ensure that the City’s Capital Plan reflects the priorities of Cambridge residents.
The sixth Participatory Budgeting (PB) cycle in Cambridge will run from May-December 2019. This time, the City will set aside $1,000,000 of the FY21 Budget for one-time capital projects to improve the community. Winning projects from past PB cycles include a public toilet in Central Square, solar panels for the Main Library roof, bike repair stations, a freezer van for prepared food rescue, street trees, water bottle fill stations, bilingual books for children learning English, and many others.
After community members brainstorm project ideas in June and July, volunteer Budget Delegates will research and develop those ideas into formal project proposals from August through November. Proposals that are vetted by City staff and approved by the City Manager will appear on a PB ballot in December for a public vote. Winning projects will be included in the FY21 Capital Budget for adoption.

For more information on PB Cycle 6 click here.




Check out the map of past winning PB projects

Click here to see a Google map that displays all of the winning projects from PB1, PB2, PB3, PB4 and PB5. Projects with blue icons have been completed, while projects with grey icons have not yet been completed. Some projects will be implemented at multiple locations throughout Cambridge; in these cases, locations on the map are approximate or represent a general area. 


PB5 - 2018

Over 6,849 Cambridge residents age 12 and older voted to decide how to spend $925,000 on capital projects to improve the community – the most votes yet in a PB process in Cambridge.


The following 6 projects won $925,000 in FY20 Capital Funding:

  1. Trees, please! ($200,000)

  2. Water Fountains in Every Park ($90,000)

  3. Protect the Health and Safety of our Firefighters ($110,000)

  4. Smoother Cycling ($250,000)

  5. Clean Up Cambridge ($125,000)

  6. Rain Gardens for Resiliency ($150,000)



For more information on PB Cycle 5 click here.

I voted


A total of 1,047 ideas were submitted during PB5 idea collection, the highest amount yet!

You can learn more about winning projects from past cycles by exploring our PB Cycles tab.

Some Images provided by the Participatory Budgeting Project.