How to Start a Participatory Budgeting process in Your Community

Successful campaigns for participatory budgeting, or PB, require a variety of tactics and lots of perseverance! And anyone can take the first step - elected officials or government staff  with control over a public budget, community organizers looking to create change, and members of a school community.

Here are a few steps to get started:

1. Learn about PB.

You can start by watching our Intro Video and reading our Organizing Toolkit.

2. Connect with existing organizing efforts.

Dozens of cities already have ongoing campaigns to bring PB to neighborhoods and schools. Cities that already have PB, like New York City and Chicago, are working to expand and deepen the process. Take a look at the Participate page on our website to see if there are existing organizing efforts that could use your help.

3. Identify and Contact Your Local Elected Officials. 

Successful campaigns to start PB with public budgets require support from elected officials who control money. And the best way to get them on your side is to speak with them directly.

Try to set up a meeting with your representative, and contact us if you need support!

Click here to contact local elected officials in your city and county.

Try to set up a meeting right off the bat, and feel free to contact us if you need support!

4. Get resources when you need them

PBP has years of experience planning, designing, and implementing PB, and out of our depth of experience we've developed free and client-facing flagship support materials and communities, including: