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

Stories of Participatory Budgeting in Action


Age is just a number: young people leading the change #GivingTuesday

By Harvir Kaur | November 29, 2016

“Every year I engage in PB I learn more about the process and am more interested in community organizing.” Naomi Estevez, 16 years old “Through PB, it feels like my voice is being heard as a person of color and a teen.” Darnell Maxwell, 17 years old This is participatory budgeting (PB) in action. PB…

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Vanessa Acheampong-Tieku

By PBPadmin | September 8, 2016

A member of the New York City Youth Council (NYCYC), Vanessa Acheampong-Tieku hails from District 16 and is thankful for the opportunities to work with a variety of people and see different perspectives during her time with the program. The NYCYC is a partnership between the New York City Council and Coro New York Leadership…

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Research Series: Hollie Russon Gilman on PB in Practice

By PBPadmin | June 28, 2016

Author of Democracy Reinvented, Hollie Russon Gilman tells us how she became engaged with participatory budgeting. A fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, scholar at Columbia University’s School of International  and Public Affairs (SIPA) and basically the wonder woman of democracy and civic innovation, Hollie is currently teaching a “Technology and the Future of Governance…

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How Participatory Budgeting Works

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




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.