Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.

How Participatory Budgeting Works

PB involves an annual cycle of meeting and voting, integrated into the broader decision-making process.

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Stories of Participatory Budgeting in Action

PBP News: International Conference, Trainings, Youth Leaders, and Scaling Up

By David Beasley | October 2, 2017

Get these updates in your inbox: Sign up for our newsletter Join us at our 2018 conference We are proud to partner with a team of civic innovators to present the Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference on March 8-10, 2018 in Phoenix, AZ. The conference will bring together more than 250 community leaders, government officials and…

Community members raise hands at participatory budgeting event

PB Trainings Fall

By Melissa Appleton | September 28, 2017

Our democracy is in trouble. Participation is down, voters don’t believe that government is working for them, people don’t think that their voice counts. If we don’t disrupt this cycle of cynicism, it will keep getting worse. Participatory budgeting (PB) is a tool to for action. It’s an opportunity for real people to have real…

Welcome back-to-school-PB!

By Ashley Brennan | September 26, 2017

Today’s lesson: How to learn democracy by doing democracy As schools reconvene from summer break, more and more are empowering students to directly decide how to spend a portion of their school budget through participatory budgeting (PB). One of the best ways to teach democracy is by doing real democracy; PB in schools does exactly…

IMPACTS FROM PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

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Millions of dollars dedicated to community-driven projects.

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People impacting change in their communities.

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Local project ideas completed using public funds.

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PBP creates and shares toolkits, guides, templates and best practice materials to support your participatory budgeting process work.

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