PB6- $1,000,000

Thank you Cambridge for another successful PB Vote Week!


The results of the 2019 Participatory Budgeting vote are in!


7,602 Cambridge residents age 12+ voted last week--the most votes yet in a PB process in Cambridge.


Many thanks to our Outreach Committee, Budget Delegates, and other volunteers who worked hard to spread the word!


The following 8 projects won $1,125,000 in FY21 Capital Funding:

  1. Close the Canopy ($200,000)

  2. Water Bottle Filling Stations for the Major Squares ($150,000)

  3. Laundry Access in Public Schools ($50,000)

  4. Pedestrian-Controlled Crosswalk Lights ($150,000)

  5. Extend Outdoor WiFi ($50,000)

  6. Make the City Bloom with a Habitat Corridor ($75,000)

  7. Keeping Cambridge Clean ($100,000)

  8. Public Bathroom ($350,000)


For a breakdown of the voting results, please click here. Special thanks to the City Manager for fully funding the eighth project!


Thank you to our extraordinary volunteers, facilitators, City of Cambridge staff, and all the other residents and participants who helped make the City's sixth PB process a success.


Click here to see what projects were 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 StoryMap of past winning PB projects

Click here to see our StoryMap that displays all of the winning projects from PB1, PB2, PB3, PB4, PB5, and PB6



I voted

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

Some Images provided by the Participatory Budgeting Project.