Cambridge Doubles PB Investment and Launches 10th Process!
The City of Cambridge has launched the 10th cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB) and is seeking ideas from the community on how to spend $2 million on projects to improve Cambridge! The Idea Collection phase will be open until October 9, 2023. The City will allocate a record-high $2 million for this year’s process, which doubles the previous budget of $1 million. The types of projects eligible for funding this fiscal year will be expanded to include capital and operating projects.
Community members can also submit their ideas by emailing [email protected]; by calling the City’s Budget Office at 617-349-4270; dropping ideas in the Payment Drop Box behind City Hall; or by mailing them to City of Cambridge Budget Office, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge MA 02139.
What is PB?
Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process that empowers community members through civic engagement to decide how to spend part of a public budget. In Cambridge the intention is for Participatory Budgeting to directly involve residents in the budgeting and city-building process, foster civic engagement and community spirit, and help ensure that the City’s budget reflects the priorities of Cambridge residents and local partners.
Some Images provided by the Participatory Budgeting Project.