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Your Voice, Your Choice - Participatory Budgeting Pilot Program

Participatory Budgeting Pilot Program

On June 15, 2021, the Sacramento City Council approved the use of up to $1 million in Measure U funds for residents to propose ideas and vote on proposals through a Participatory Budgeting Pilot Program. The City's Measure U Community Advisory Committee is leading the implementation of this initiative.

How would you spend $500,000 in North or South Sacramento? 

The Measure U Committee is calling on community members to submit their ideas to invest $1 million in North and South Sacramento ($500,000 for each area).

Submit your idea now

The idea submission deadline is Tuesday, May 31, 2022

What happens next? 

From May 23 through July 24, 2022, community members volunteering as Proposal Delegates will review ideas for feasibility with City staff, prioritize projects that best meet the goals of the process, and develop the highest priority ideas into fully-fledged proposals. Those proposals will be placed on one of two ballots: one ballot for North Sacramento proposals and a second ballot for South Sacramento proposals.

Then, in August 2022, community members from North and South Sacramento will vote on their respective ballots. The proposals from each ballot will be ordered based on the highest number of votes and proposals will be funded in that order until each $500,000 budget is used up. 

Participate in AN Idea Collection Event

Attend an upcoming event to learn more about the participatory budgeting process and submit your ideas in-person: 


Councilmember Mai Vang (District 8) Idea Collection Event

May 19, 2022, 6-7:30 p.m.
Luther Burbank High School
3500 Florin Rd, Sacramento, CA 95823


Councilmember Eric Guerra (District 6) Participatory Budgeting "Coffee and Conversation" Office Hours

May 21, 2022, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
George Sim Community Center
6207 Logan St, Sacramento, CA 95824


Roberts Family Development Center Idea Collection Events 

May 17, 2022, noon-1 p.m.
Del Paso Boulevard Partnership
1219 Del Paso Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815 

May 19, 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Grant High School
1400 Grand Ave, Sacramento, CA 95838

Get Involved by Serving as a Proposal Delegate

Proposal delegates participate in meetings to vet and rank project ideas, and then develop high-scoring project ideas into concrete proposals for participants to vote on. This is estimated to be about a 16-20 hour commitment from late May until late July (one 2-hour meeting per week). The meetings are likely to be held virtually. 

The Measure U Committee is asking that proposal delegates be 14 years or older and either live, work, attend school, or are the guardian of someone who attends school in one of the two focus areas. Proposal delegates will receive a $200 stipend for their work and participation. 

Complete the interest form if you are interested in serving as a proposal delegate for the Participatory Budgeting Pilot Program. 

Submit Your Interest

The form submission deadline is Sunday, May 22, 2022

How Participatory Budgeting Works

There are four key phases to the participatory budgeting process: 

Phase 1: Idea Collection (April 11 - May 31, 2022)

Any Sacramento resident can submit an idea for how to spend part of the $1 million. Ideas can range from a few words, such as “road repairs in X neighborhood,” to extensively researched project proposals. Idea collection will likely take place through multiple submission outlets and activities.  

Phase 2: Proposal Development (May 23 - July 24, 2022) 

Community members volunteering as Proposal Delegates will review ideas for feasibility with City staff, prioritize projects for the ballot that best meet the goals of the process, and develop the highest priority ideas into fully-fledged proposals. Finalized proposals will includes a detailed description of the project, its expected impact, a cost estimate, and an implementation timeline. 

Phase 3: The Vote (August 1-31, 2022)

Once the proposals are finalized and placed on a ballot, community members will have the opportunity to vote for their preferred projects. The projects will be ordered based on the highest number of votes and projects will be funded in that order until the entire budget is used up. The results of the vote are then announced publicly. 

Phase 4: Project Implementation & Monitoring (beginning in September 2022)

Winning projects are then implemented and monitored to ensure they are completed according to the project proposal details. 

Focus Neighborhoods

While any City resident can submit an idea, the ideas that will be prioritized for proposal development and voting must be located in or serve the residents of a focus neighborhood. The $1 million available for the Pilot Program will be evenly split with $500,000 allocated to the North Area and $500,000 allocated to the South Area.

View the eligibility map to see which neighborhoods will be prioritized

Focus Neighborhoods Map

Participatory Budgeting Playbook

On January 31, 2022, the Measure U Community Advisory Committee approved a playbook to guide the implementation of the Participatory Budgeting Pilot Program and set expectations with residents on how they can participate. Read the Playbook.


For Residents: The City encourages residents to watch a past information session to learn more about how to participate in the process by submitting ideas and/or serving as a proposal delegate. 

For Community Based Organizations (CBOs): Learn how community-based organizations (CBOs) may receive “mini-grants” of up to $5,000 to help conduct outreach and engagement activities.

Program Evaluation

The City has contracted with Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies to perform an independent program evaluation. This evaluation will measure the degree to which the Pilot Program achieves the Measure U Committee's desired results based upon the theory of change below. The full evaluation report will be available approximately three months after the Pilot Program has concluded.

A theory of change connects a program's activities with short-term and long-term outcomes by evaluating success metrics. View the Participatory Budgeting Pilot Program Theory of Change. 

Theory of Change


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If you have any questions about the Participatory Budgeting Pilot Program, please contact Michael Cusack, Technical Assistance Project Manager at