Our supporters voted to fund two AMAZING projects with $20,000 of their donations. We’re grateful to these folks for enabling even more people to make informed decisions about public money!

Two of our superstar PB Amplifiers Kelsey Foster and Ashley Kuenneke, made this possible. Thank you to Kelsey and Ashley for facilitating our PB2 process! They helped collect your ideas, develop project proposals, and get out the vote.

Check out our two winning PB2 projects:

Training and Public Talks Fund ($10,000):

We will fund bringing PB experts out to engage local groups and officials. We’ll also provide them with the start-up inspiration and skills needed to win a PB process.


PB Awareness Campaign ($10,000):

We’ll launch a campaign to raise public awareness and support needed to grow PB in communities currently running—or advocating for—PB processes.


It was a close vote! 

Check out the full results below:

Project Description Cost Votes
Training and Public Talks Fund Create a fund to sponsor PB talks, briefings, and trainings for local advocates. PBP staff will manage the fund and use it to bring out PB experts to engage local groups and officials, and give them the start up inspiration and skills needed to win approval for a PB process. $10,000 35
PB Awareness Campaign Launch a PB awareness campaign focused on Google AdWords, using an existing $10,000 in-kind grant from Google for free advertising. Target this campaign to communities currently operating or advocating for PB processes, to raise the public awareness and support necessary to grow PB. $10,000 26
New Materials for PB in Schools Design new sample flyers, forms, ballots, and promotional materials for PB in schools. Create templates that are more accessible and can be more easily translated into multiple languages. $10,000 25
Organizing Toolkit Upgrade and Website


Upgrade our 2014 Organizing for PB Toolkit, to help people more effectively organize to win PB in their community. Work with a writer and designer to revise messaging, resources, and worksheets, and to create a new webpage that walks visitors through the toolkit and related multimedia. $10,000 22
PB for Organizations Develop a toolkit that organizations can use to implement PB for their own budgets. Helping organizations run their own PB processes will empower their staff and community, and build capacity and awareness for PB. This project will enable other organizations to adapt the PB2 model that PBP has already developed. $10,000 21
PB Research Database Hire a part-time employee to compile research articles and findings on the impacts of PB into existing databases like Participedia, for use by PB advocates, researchers, and implementers. By compiling and organizing research findings in an easy to navigate archive, we can better show why PB matters, get more information about PB processes into a searchable location online, and help advocates launch and grow PB processes.  $8,000 21
Redesign of Facilitator and Participant Materials Hire a graphic designer to improve the design of budget delegate and facilitator materials, to make information and participation more accessible. Provide better support materials to help diverse participants navigate the proposal development process and to help facilitators structure meetings to accomplish goals. $10,000 18
Website Guide for Local PB Initiatives What makes a good PB website? To make creating a quality web presence easier for local PB processes, we will create and distribute a guide and branding materials for developing an effective public PB website. This will help local processes better share information, recruit and support participants, and communicate impacts. $6,000 15
Photo Gallery of PB Projects Compile before and after photos of completed PB projects, and create an online gallery that shows how people have used PB to create change in their communities. $5,000 6

Thank you to all of our supporters for continuing to help us deepen democracy and build stronger communities through PB. We can’t wait to kick-off the next PB2 cycle with YOU.

Stay tuned!


With much appreciation,

Josh Lerner
Co-Executive Director,
Participatory Budgeting Project


PS Is there a project you were rooting for that didn’t win? You can help to fund it with additional donations!

About Josh Lerner

Josh is co-founder and Co-Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project. He has over 15 years of experience developing, researching, and working with leading community engagement programs across North America, Latin America, and Europe. He is the author of Making Democracy Fun: How Game Design Can Empower Citizens and Transform Politics, Everyone Counts: Could Participatory Budgeting Change Democracy?, and over 20 articles.