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

Why we need participatory budgeting now

By Josh Lerner | February 17, 2017

Is this the best we can do? A democracy where key decisions about our schools, immigration, and health are made without those who are most impacted? We urgently need to defend our neighbors whose lives are threatened by government policy. At the same time, we need to fix the broken democracy that leads to these…

Democracy Rising: Expanding Participatory Budgeting in the South

By Valerie Warren | February 15, 2017

In a time when people’s trust in democracy is being deeply challenged, we are excited to be able to increase our work to support new participatory processes across the South. Southern communities are among the hardest hit with legislation aiming to limit democratic involvement, such as the restrictions on voter participation in North Carolina that…

April 20th: Join us to celebrate these PB Champions!

By Harvir Kaur | February 7, 2017

  We are thrilled to announce that at this year’s NYC PBParty Benefit we will be honoring the Red Hook Initiative, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, and the Cloudburst Group. Join us on April 20th, 6-9:30 pm, at BRIC to celebrate these PB Champions who are building a more democratic, collaborative, and just society from…

IMPACTS FROM PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING

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Millions of dollars dedicated to community-driven projects.

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People impacting change in their communities.

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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.

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