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

Make a plan to vote (and volunteer) in PBNYC!

By PBPadmin | March 17, 2017

  At a time when so many of our rights and our neighbors are under attack, I’m writing to ask you to join me in building political power for immigrants, young people, and all of us. At the end of March, NY City Council will invite residents age 14+ (regardless of citizenship or immigration status)…

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…



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Our Resource Center

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