What are Budget Delegates and how does proposal development work?


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. 

During the 2019 PB process, 50+ Budget Delegates worked in the following 5 committees to narrow down all of the submitted ideas into 20 final project proposals for the ballot: Community Resources, Environment, Parks & Recreation, Streetsmarts, and Youth & Technology.  

If you are interested in volunteering as a budget delegate, click here to sign upThis years' Budget Delegate Orientation will be on Tuesday, August 3rd from 6-8pm. The deadline to apply is August 1, 2021.

Cambridge residents who are at least 12 years old (as well as students in the 6th grade), regardless of citizenship status, are eligible to vote in Participatory Budgeting. College/university students whose dorm/apartments are in Cambridge are also eligible to vote.

The 8th Participatory Budgeting vote process will be conducted in a way that maximized access and participation. The specific details, including the schedule and available voting methods, are still being planned and will be announced at a later date.

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  • Carmen Diego
    commented 2016-09-21 00:12:08 -0400
    can we get a place for simple suggested ideas etc…. it would be cool if we had a water fountain somewhere close to the squares that we could use year round