Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting is a different way to manage public money by engaging people to directly decide how to spend public funds. Palo Alto College sets aside $50,000 each year – $25,000 for student projects and $25,000 for employees. These projects are brainstormed, proposed, and voted on each Spring and implemented over the next 12 months. Each project proposal has a maximum budget of $5,000. This is the Palo Alto College community's opportunity to have their ideas turned into action. Fill out the application below, and submit the completed form by emailing pac-pb@alamo.edu.

Participatory Budgeting Process

Brainstorm

January–February 2020

Info Sessions:

Friday, Jan. 31
Ozuna 101 Legacy Room, 10 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 3
Brazos Hall 104, 1 p.m.

 

Info Tables:

Tuesday, Feb. 11
Student Center Annex, 12 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12
Student Center 130, 9 a.m.

 

Deadline:

Saturday, Feb. 29
Last day to submit an application to the Office of VP of College Services

Plan

March–April 2020

Friday, March 6
Committee reviews applications and provides feedback  

Friday, March 6–Friday, March 20
Applicants provide additional information for application (as needed)

Monday, March 30
Projects that would make changes on campus are submitted to Spaces Committee for approval.

Friday, April 10
Revisions and final proposals due

Wednesday, April 15
Applicants notified whether project is viable and can move forward to voting stage

Vote

May 2020

Wednesday, May 6–Friday, May 8 

Voting takes place online. All Palo Alto College faculty, staff, and students are permitted to vote for up to three projects. 

Monday, May 11  
Votes compiled

Tuesday, May 12–Tuesday, May 19 
Winning projects presented to Campus Leadership Team

Friday, May 22
Winning projects announced to entire Palo Alto College community

Fund

Student Project Funding Phase: May–August 2020

Monday, May 25 
Begin finalizing information needed for purchasing

Monday, Aug. 31
Purchasing deadline

 

Employee Project Funding Phase: September–December 2020

Tuesday, Sept. 1
Begin finalizing information needed for purchasing

Thursday, Dec. 31
Purchasing deadline

Act

Student Project Act Phase: August 2020

Monday, Aug. 3–Friday, Aug. 7
Student project implementation, closure, and evaluation

Friday, Aug. 7
Project evaluation forms due

 

Employee Project Act Phase: January 2021

Monday, Jan. 4–Friday, Jan. 15
Employee project implementation, closure, and evaluation

Friday, Jan. 15
Project evaluation forms due

Applications and Forms

Participatory Budgeting Application (FY2020)
Participatory Budgeting Final Proposal Form (FY2020)

Past Projects

Palo Alto College piloted PB from FY2013–FY2015 with employee project proposals only. The program expanded in FY2016 to include student projects, alloting $25,000 to student projects and $25,000 to employee projects.

FY2019

Student Projects

Project Title Budget
Hungry for Success $3,000
Screen the Possibilities $5,000
  $8,000

 

Employee Projects

Project Title Budget
Distance Markers Around PAC Campus $5,000
New Realities & Creativity in the PACreates Zone $5,000
Mariana Ornelas Humanitarian Scholarship $5,000
Ray Ellison Family Center Tools for Success $5,000
  $20,000
FY2018

Student Projects

Project Title Budget
Enhancing the Cafeteria $5,000
Farm in a Box Equipment $5,000
Hammocking for Success $5,000
Texas Native Medicinal & Edible Plant Trail $5,000
Vet Tech Picnic Tables $5,000
  $25,000

Enhancing the Cafeteria

Farm in a Box Equipment

Hammocking for Success

 

Texas Native Medicinal & Edible Plant Trail

Vet Tech Picnic Tables

 

 

Employee Projects

Project Title Budget
Advising On-the-Go $5,000
Cable Machine $5,000
Light Up PAC $5,000
Little Free Library on PAC Campus $5,000
Scholarships for Dev Ed Students $5,000
  $25,000

Advising On-the-Go

Cable Machine

Light Up PAC

 

Little Free Library on PAC Campus

Scholarships for Dev Ed Students

 
FY2017

Student Projects 

Project Title Budget
Club Fundraising Equipment $5,000
Donation Drop Box $3,000
Flags for our People $2,000
Outside Wellness Area $5,000
Relaxation Furniture $5,000
Swings $5,000
  $25,000

Club Fundraising Equipment

Donation Drop Box

Flags for our People

 

Outside Wellness Area

Relaxation Furniture

Swings

 

Employee Projects 

Project Title Budget
Eleven Rivers Review $2,500
Gym Basketball Shooter $5,000
Library Exercise Mind & Body $2,500
REFC Supporting Children's Milestones $5,000
Tables and Chairs for Gym Events $5,000
  $20,000

Eleven Rivers Review

Gym Basketball Shooter

Library Exercise Mind & Body

 

REFC Supporting Children's Milestones

Tables and Chairs for Gym Events

 
FY2016

Student Projects

Project Title Budget
Butterfly Garden Revival $2,500
Eco Friendly Filtered Water Dispenser $2,500
PAC Map Track $2,000
Palomino Transportation Shelter $2,500
Private Student Courtyard $2,500
Relax, Reflect & Refresh $2,500
Water Fountain Upgrades $2,500
Zen Garden  $2,500
  $19,500

Butterfly Garden Revival

 

Eco Friendly Filtered Water Dispenser

PAC Map Track

Palomino Transportation Shelter

Private Student Courtyard

Relax, Reflect & Refresh

 

Water Fountain Upgrades

Zen Garden 

 

 

Employee Projects

Project Title Budget
Gym Athletic Custom Chairs $4,000
Lunch & Learn $2,800 
Ozuna Scannable Digital Wallpaper $5,000 
REFC Outdoor LED Sign & Stand $5,000 
REFC Water Play Station $3,800 
Student Success Support Center $4,400 
  $25,000

Gym Athletic Custom Chairs

Lunch & Learn

Ozuna Scannable Digital Wallpaper

 

REFC Outdoor LED Sign & Stand

 

REFC Water Play Station

 

Student Success Support Center

FY2015

Employee Projects

Project Title Budget
Creative Lighting for Breezeway $5,000
New & Improved Pal the Palomino (mascot) $5,000
PAC Chat $5,000
Palomino Patio Furniture & Décor $5,000
Ozuna Collaborative Studying Monitors $3,000
Virtual Simulation Goes Live $2,000
  $25,000

Creative Lighting for Breezeway

New & Improved Pal the Palomino (mascot)

PAC Chat

 

Palomino Patio Furniture & Décor

Ozuna Collaborative Studying Monitors

Virtual Simulation Goes Live

FY2014

Employee Projects

Project Title Budget
Journey to Wellness (Year 2) $5,000
Library Study Room Dry Erase Boards $2,000
REFC Bike Trail $5,000
REFC Picnic Tables $5,000
Virtual Office Simulation Theater $5,000
Veteran's Monument (project cancelled) $5,000
  $25,000

Journey to Wellness (Year 2)

Library Study Room Dry Erase Boards


REFC Bike Trail

 

 

REFC Picnic Tables

 

Virtual Office Simulation Theater

 
FY2013

Employee Projects 

Project Title Budget
Interactive Technology for Ozuna Library  $5,000

Journey to Wellness (Year 1)

$5,000
Palomino Patio $5,000
Puente Project – Transfer Support $5,000
Virtual Office Environment Classroom  $5,000
  $25,000

 

Interactive Technology for Ozuna Library

Journey to Wellness (Year 1)

Palomino Patio

 

Puente Project – Transfer Support

Virtual Office Environment Classroom