The “Aldermanic Menu” funds that are subject to the Participatory Budgeting process can be spent on any project that acquires, develops, maintains or improves a publicly owned capital asset, often called “infrastructure.”
Eligible projects include:
- Street resurfacing
- Street lights
- Curb and gutters
- Catwalks and courtesy walks
- Traffic signals
- Bike racks
- Security cameras
- Trash cans
- Community gardens
- Artistic murals
- El platform/station improvements
- Construction of or major renovations to public buildings
Note: This list is NOT inclusive of all of the projects eligible for funding under the “Aldermanic Menu” program. Menu money can be spent on capital projects only, but you can propose project ideas beyond what is listed here. This list is meant only to offer examples of the type of projects that the Aldermanic Menu money has funded in previous years.
The “Aldermanic Menu” funds cannot be used to subsidize personnel costs, services, programs and other operational costs, nor can they be used to improve privately owned capital assets.
Projects NOT eligible for funding include:
- Personnel costs (e.g., salaries and benefits for teachers, police, fire, health care workers and any other public or private employees)
- Services (e.g., health care services, homeless services, “Meals on Wheels,” etc.)
- Programs (e.g., after school programs, day care, tutoring, sports activities, etc.)
- Minor repairs to public buildings
- Extended hours at parks/libraries and other public facilities
- Improvements to facilities owned by not-for-profit organizations, houses of worship, and privately owned homes and businesses
If you have a proposal or suggestion for a particular project that you believe qualifies for funding under the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting process, please contact Cecelia Salinas, Alderman Joe Moore’s Participatory Budgeting liaison by email (email@example.com) or call 773-338-5796.