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

PB Stories: Food Rescue Van feeding Cambridge Residents, One Meal at a Time

By PBPadmin | April 13, 2016

PB Cambridge’s “Food Rescue Freezer Van” project is expected to double the capacity of meals to be rescued and distributed, ranging from about 3,500-7,000 healthy frozen meals. The Food Rescue project was one out of seven projects that won funds through PB Cambridge voters and expands on the Massachusetts food waste ban, meant to reduce…

PB Research Series: Gary and Andres on PB Long Beach & Community Power

By PBPadmin | March 24, 2016

The evaluation report of the PB process in Long Beach California for the 2014-15 cycle has just been published. The report finds that, despite a long history of community fragmentation, Long Beach has benefited a great deal from participatory budgeting: it has helped to forge new relationships across the city, and has successfully incorporated people…

Max Drury

By PBPadmin | March 18, 2016

We’re super excited to share the story of Alissa Schwartz and her son Max Drury! Max, who occupies most of his time with photography, drumming and soccer, is one of the youngest PB participants advocating for real change in his community. In 2014, he was part of the PB process in New York City’s District…

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.

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