How much money is Cambridge setting aside and what can it be used for?


The City is setting aside $500,000 in FY22 capital funds for the 2020 PB cycle. Projects are eligible for funding if they meet the following criteria:

  • Are capital projects, which usually involve infrastructure improvements (as opposed to operating projects, which usually fund salaries and services)
    • Most capital projects have some sort of associated operating cost. Projects that would require the City to hire additional staff are not eligible.
  • Are one-time expenditures that cost $500,000 or less
  • Benefit the public
  • Are implemented by the City of Cambridge on City property (streets, sidewalks, parks, libraries, schools, youth centers, senior centers, municipal buildings, etc.)
    • Projects on Cambridge Housing Authority, DCR, and MBTA property are not eligible.
    • PB funding cannot be used to make a grant to a nonprofit organization.

Before being submitted to the public vote, all projects must be approved by the City Manager to ensure they meet all of the legal requirements of capital projects.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the limitations on conducting in-person events and community engagement activities, the City is running an abbreviated version of Participatory Budgeting. This year’s cycle will be conducted as a half cycle, and a future Participatory Budgeting cycle will be conducted at an expanded level.


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