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.


Stories of Participatory Budgeting in Action

How would you spend $35,000 to make PB better?

By Josh Lerner | November 14, 2017

It is that time of the year again! We need your ideas for how to make PB bigger and better. To practice what we preach, PBP invites everyone who donates to our organization to decide how part of the donations are spent – it’s our own participatory budgeting process, called PB2. Submit your idea today…

Stand with us this #GivingTuesday to build a REAL democracy

By Josh Lerner | November 14, 2017

What is your vision of democracy? Your answer is probably far removed from what we’ve experienced in 2017, which feels like democracy turned upside-down. Most of us are infuriated with our political process, and angry that our voices aren’t being heard. And yet, we only look for solutions through the electoral process, thinking that if…

Building Innovative Networks for Reimagining Democracy

By Ashley Brennan | October 19, 2017

As we kicked off Summer 2017, we asked if you wanted your participatory budgeting process to be more equitable and effective. We followed up by inviting you to join us for our North American PB Network Summer Implementation Institute – where we partnered with experts to strengthen four key parts of the PB process together. Today,…



Millions of dollars dedicated to community-driven projects.


People impacting change in their communities.


Local project ideas completed using public funds.

Our Resource Center

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