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

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,…

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…

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 in the US & Canada.

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People impacting change in their communities.

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Local project ideas voted on and funding, using public funds.

Our Resource Center

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

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