Nearly $800K Available for Participatory Budgeting This Year

$377,000 is available for general neighborhood projects and $422,000 is for Vision Zero traffic safety projects this round.

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A Department of Public Works crew installs a sidewalk garden on Capitol Avenue. | File photo
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Nearly $800,000 is available this year for projects meant to improve neighborhoods in District 7. $377,000 is for general projects and $422,000 is for Vision Zero traffic safety projects.

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process that allows community members to propose and vote on how to spend a portion of the public budget, first came to the city in 2013.

The application for this year will be open from March 15 to April 14 and can be submitted via Google Forms on Supervisor Myrna Melgar’s website. Winning projects will be granted up to $50,000 in the Fall 2023.

“Supervisor Melgar is honored to continue this District 7 tradition, started by then-Supervisor Norman Yee, to include residents in the formation of our city’s budget, improvement of our neighborhoods and investments in a better San Francisco,” said Emma Heiken, one of Melgar’s legislative aides.

Nine projects were funded last year, including two projects in the neighborhood at Aptos Middle School and Commodore Sloat Elementary School.

Applications are required to follow a slew of requirements such as being from a neighborhood non-profit, merchant or institution group located in the district, be a new project that can benefit the community’s needs and fit into one of the five priority areas such as vision zero, public safety, community resilience and recovery, disaster preparedness and children and seniors, have at least 400 votes to be eligible for funding and more.

Voting will take place from June 12 to June 26 and winning applications will be announced between July 3 and July 6.

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