From 2020, you as a resident of Maastricht can decide how to spend 300,000 euros. In this way, you can help to determine the priorities and which plans will be implemented. You can submit and carry out projects yourself, or ask the municipality to implement a plan.
The citizens’ budget comprises 4 rounds. A lot will happen in the different rounds. This includes choosing themes, distributing money, submitting projects and, ultimately, choosing projects. There is a long list with themes from which the 5 most important are selected once a year.
- Round 1: participants choose five themes that they consider most important from the long list.
- Round 2: participants divide the funds between the chosen themes.
- Round 3: anyone can submit project ideas. For example, playground equipment in the neighbourhoods, pop-up parks or a new local meeting place.
- Round 4: during a festive closing event, participants can choose which projects will be carried out.
Projects are usually converted into contracts starting on 1 January of the following year and ending on 31 December. View all of the events on this page.
Rounds 2, 3 and 4
The most frequently chosen themes will go through to round 2. In this round, you and other residents will divide 300,000 euros between the chosen themes. Rounds 3 and 4 then follow.
During round 3, anyone can submit projects. For example, playground equipment in the neighbourhoods, pop-up parks or a neighbourhood taxi. The projects must fit the chosen themes and be within the budget. During a festive closing event (round 4), you will choose which projects will be funded and implemented.
You can choose from the themes in this long list.
Meeting and vitality
- In shopping centres (community centre/neighbourhood centre/district centre)
- Events, cultural and other performances
- Courses and training
- Boosting entrepreneurship
- Neighbourhood culture sites, incubators, workshops
- Greening of parks and streets
- Playgrounds in your own neighbourhood
- Sports activities in neighbourhoods/parks
- Ensuring the city's/district's/neighbourhood's past is visible
- New meeting places and/or activities in buildings or public space
- New sharing, giving and exchanging initiatives
- Neighbourhood activities
- Vulnerable people
- Poverty reduction
- Sharing economy/circular economy
- Everyone participates/boosting participation
- Own management in care and support
- Caring for each other
- Growing up resilient/in peace
- Helping people access the labour market
- Connecting activities (fighting loneliness)
- Initiatives and activities that contribute to the perception of safety in the neighbourhood
- Integration (of status holders)
- Improving accessibility of buildings and public space for people with physical disabilities
- Homework support and/or after-school care
- Social safety
- Community arts/joint art production
- Greening, nature and biodiversity (temporary parks)
- Encouraging walking and cycling
- Physical safety
- Innovation/'Smart city'
- New bicycle parking facilities
- Making neighbourhoods safer and healthier
- Improving or constructing footpaths and cycle tacks
- Redesigning streets and squares
- Initiatives aimed at shared mobility (bicycle, car, ...)
- Art (in public spaces)
- Improving air quality in the streets
- Planting trees
- Tackling local flooding
Buildings and own sites
- Monuments and archaeological sites
- Urban agriculture and allotments
- Climate change
- Vacancy and empty sites