Participatory Budgeting (PB) is back!

For the 8th time since PB launched in Cambridge in 2014, Cambridge residents will be able to choose how to spend part of the City’s Capital budget. This cycle, the City has committed $1,000,000 in FY22 capital funds for PB projects, doubling the allocation from $500,000 in last year's condensed and modified COVID-19 PB7 cycle.

Anyone interested in submitting PB ideas for how to improve Cambridge please click HERE, or:

Telephone: 617-349-4270

Email: [email protected]

Mail: City of Cambridge Budget Office, 795 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139

Drop off ideas at the back of City Hall in the white drop-box.

Cambridge residents who would like to volunteer and have a more hands on approach in the PB process can volunteer as Budget delegates HERE

Budget Delegates are volunteers who work in the fall to research, evaluate, and prioritize the project ideas submitted by community members from August - November. Budget Delegates ultimately develop the final project proposals for the annual PB vote in December. They do this through research, community assessments, and site visits, as well as through consultations with City staff regarding project feasibility and cost. Budget Delegates evaluate submitted ideas on three main criteria: need, impact, and feasibility. This years' Budget Delegate Orientation will be on Tuesday, August 3rd from 6-8pm. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2021.


As Cambridge emerges from such a difficult and tumultuous period, it is our sincere hope that PB8 can serve as a vessel to re-animate our bonds of fellowship through collaboration and participation. We hope that Cantabrigians can get back to working together to tackle issues through PB with an innovative civic spirit that will form new relationships with community members and City officials. In doing so, not only will Cambridge bear the fruits of creative PB projects, but residents will be able to once again be able to claim and improve the parks, streets, and community spaces that make our City so special.


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  • Jackson Price
    published this page in Blog 2021-06-28 09:39:13 -0400