Participatory Budgeting

The Healthy Places Student Group is running the GSD’s first participatory budgeting initiative this year, with $5,000 that can be allocated to projects to make the GSD a healthier place!

We want to give community members more control over decisions in our school, and in the process learn about this powerful tool.

We have received 9 amazing proposals from the GSD community filled with ideas on how to make the GSD a healthier place – decide which projects should receive funding! 

GSD-wide voting will run from Wednesday, November 20th – Tuesday, November 26th. Find the ballot (and VOTE!) here!  

For more context of the Participatory Budgeting process, read the FAQs below.

WHAT IS PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING (PB)?

Participatory budgeting (PB) is a powerful tool that can help community residents, planners & elected officials work to deepen democracy and create radical financial transparency.

WHAT DOES PB LOOK LIKE AT THE GSD?

It looks like having up to $5K to spend on a project supporting health at the GSD, broadly defined! What do we need to do to make Gund/GSD healthier? How do we democratize the functioning of this school? Pitch an idea and vote! The process is being facilitated by the Healthy Place Student Group’s Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee.

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?

(a) Proposal submissions due by October 30th

(b) Ideas are opened to GSD-wide voting from November 20th-26th

(c) Early December, the PB Steering Committee will announce which projects were voted to receive funding!

WHAT DID PROJECT TEAMS NEED TO DO TO APPLY?

All application information can be found in our RFP, but each application must contain answers to the following questions:*

(*Note: The goal is that this application process is not too onerous. We encourage applicants to write short answers of no more than 250 words for each question)

1. Project Name

2. Individual or Group Submitting – If a group, please list the name of the group, and of all decision-making individuals

3. Project Plan – Please describe your goals, timeline and desired outputs of your project. Other media (images, sketches, diagrams) are welcomed!

4. Core Values – The GSD PB Process has three core values – health, equity and collaboration. How does your project advance each value in its development and/or implementation?

5. Impact and Longevity – How will your project impact the GSD community, in both the immediate term and the long term? Who will be in charge of carrying the work forward beyond April 2019, if your project necessitates that?

6. Budget Table – Include a table of your project budget. We have included a sample budget template in the RFP to use if it is helpful.  Reminder – groups may request up to $5,000, but are welcome to request less than the full amount.

7. [OPTIONAL] Please use this last question to elaborate on any other element of your project that you find important for us to know (and that you did not have an explicit chance to discuss up to this point.)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Send us any questions or get involved by sending an email to healthy.places.gsd@gmail.com