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

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Participatory Budgeting in Elementary Schools: You’re Never too Young for Democracy

By Sacha | August 29, 2017

With the 2017-18 school year just around the corner, it’s time for fresh ideas to improve your local schools. One new model comes from New York City’s Primary School 139, with some special help from Participatory Budgeting Project’s Executive Director Josh Lerner – and his son Miro. P.S.139 is a large Title I public elementary…

This is Josh’s dad – can you help me celebrate his birthday?

By PBPadmin | August 25, 2017

Today is my son Josh’s 39th birthday. When he was a kid, every year for his birthday I bought him what he wanted more than anything in the world: Legos. I’ve been proud to watch Josh move from building things with Legos to now building a better democracy through participatory budgeting (PB). Now that he…

NEW VIDEO – Participatory Budgeting in Schools

By David Beasley | June 2, 2017

We are proud to share our newest tool to make civics education meaningful by putting real money on the table, our new Participatory Budgeting (PB) in Schools video! This video introduces you to participatory budgeting in schools by showing you how it worked in Phoenix. Featuring interviews with students, teachers, principals, local elected officials, and…



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