City Government

Hayward People’s Budget projects celebrated

January 9, 2024

The City of Hayward celebrated accomplishments of the first ever Hayward People’s Budget community building initiative with the release in November 2023 of a new video highlighting some of the events and projects carried out through the effort. 

In all, 12 events and projects were funded through the Hayward People’s Budget, a pilot program begun in 2021.  Under the People’s Budget, community members were invited to submit and then vote on proposals for increasing community connections in their neighborhoods. 

A combined $350,000 was allocated to be made available for People’s Budget projects and events across six sectors of the City—with approximately $50,000 to $70,000 made available per sector based on their relative population size and income level. 

Following the voting, City staff members collaborated with project leads to implement their projects and vision—seven of which are complete and four in process of implementation—including a Hayward Night Market, a Sun Gallery Community Space and a Pop-Up Community Garden. 

For more about Hayward People’s Budget and the projects and events that received funding, including a podcast on the program, go online here to the City of Hayward website.