PB for PBP: How would you spend $26,000 to make participatory democracy better?

Each year, the Participatory Budgeting Project invites our partners, supporters, and donors to decide how a portion of donations are spent – it’s our own participatory budgeting process, called PB².

Now, we are kicking off our 2020-2021 PB² cycle! We'd like to invite everyone to submit YOUR ideas to help us make participatory budgeting and participatory democracy more equitable, accessible, and significant!

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

  1. Submit your idea!

    That’s right -- anyone who is committed to advancing equitable participatory democracy can
    submit your idea!
  2. Join the budget delegate committee!

    As a Budget Delegate, you will take promising ideas from our community members and turn them into exciting projects that our supporters can vote on this spring!

    The Budget Delegate Committee will include Staff, Amplifiers, Partners, and members of our Boards. Becoming a Budget Delegate is a great way to get to know different members of the organization, build new skills, and gain hands-on experience in participatory budgeting.

    And you don’t need to have prior experience or knowledge on participatory democracy to participate—our staff will provide expertise and be here to support you throughout the process. 

    The committee will meet biweekly from January - February (this comes out to about four total meetings). If you’d like to join the PB² Budget Delegate Committee, please fill out this form by Friday, January 15, 2021. Become a Budget Delegate.

  3. Vote on the winning proposals Once proposals are put onto a ballot, we’ll invite our community to vote on how to make participatory democracy more equitable, accessible, and significant! Voting will take place online and is open to anyone who is committed to advancing equitable participatory democracy.The PB² Steering Committee will share more information when the voting period begins.

FAQ

What kinds of projects are eligible?

To be eligible to move forward in the PB cycle, an idea should:

  • Be specific, measurable, and require funds to be implemented.
  • Be feasible for PBP to implement in 2021.
  • Cost no more than $10,000.
  • Resource opportunities that allow PBP to do work that expands participatory democracy that is equitable, accessible, and significant.
  • Benefit local participatory democracy processes or campaigns in multiple locations, not just one city.

What happens if there’s a tie that exceeds our overall budget?

Our overall pot of funds is $26,000. If there are three winning projects each priced at $10,000, what will we do? 

  • PBP will fund the project with the next most votes that can be fully funded

*In the event that a winning project is not able to be funded, the idea will be considered for implementation if resources become available.

TIMELINE FOR THE 2020-2021 PROCESS

Idea Collection Begins

 

Ideal Collection Closes

 

Develop Proposals

 

Voting Period

 

Announce Winning Projects

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November 23, 2020

 

January 8, 2021

 

February - March 2021

 

Spring 2021

 

Spring 2021

NEED SUPPORT COMPLETING THE FORMS OR HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROCESS?

We strive to ensure all individuals can participate fully throughout the PB2 process and will be happy to provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. If you need support participating during the process, including completing any of the above forms, please email Rahel Teka at rahel@partcipatorybudgeting.org.

Requests should be made at least 7 days prior to the specific phase closing.

CHECK OUT PAST WINNING PROJECTS

Watch our PB in Schools video

A deep dive into the a real PB process in Phoenix, AZ, this video is an opportunity to hear directly from the students and the adults around them how and why PB is civics in action, and how PBP can help you bring PB to your school, district, or community!

Download the free “Guide to Participatory Budgeting in Schools”

A series of lesson plans for high schools, which can be modified for all age levels.

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We developed an Outreach Toolkit to support PB practitioners in making their processes more equitable and reflective of the communities in which they’re working. While its target audience is those leading PB processes, we’re excited to share the toolkit with everyone out there doing the hard work of making our democracy more participatory.

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