Our 2019 winning projects 

Expense projects

  1. Trash Bins for Clean Streets (4181 votes)
  2. Diaper Changing Stations for Parks & Playgrounds (2214 votes)
  3. Sewing Circles for Survivors of Domestic Violence, led by Sakhi for South Asian Women (2176 votes)
  4. Train Spanish-Speaking Teens to be Educators, led by One World Project (1977 votes)
  5. Bilingual Mental Health First Aid Training, led by Muslims Thrive (1892 votes)

Capital projects

  1. “Down Payment” on Elevator at 7th Ave F/G Station (3958 votes)
  2. P.S. 58: Make  greener, Safer, Improved Play Yard (3272 votes)
  3. P.S. 130: New Flooring for Safer Environment (3052 votes)
  4. M.S. 51: New All-Gender Bathrooms & Water Fountains (2880 votes)

Thank you to all the delegates, facilitators, district committee, volunteers, community groups, staff, and everyone who voted for another great year of PB!  
We’ll start the PB process again in the fall. Want to get more involved next year? Help research & develop projects? Sign up to volunteer here.

What Is PB?

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget.  It is a yearlong process that depends from start to finish on the participation of you and your neighbors. The first step each year is a series of “neighborhood assemblies” where residents come together to brainstorm and share ideas for needed projects. After ideas are presented, volunteers research each idea, including costs and specifics of every proposed project.

Details of the suggested projects are reviewed, finalized, and presented at the Participatory Budgeting Expo in the weeks before the vote. Finally, residents from across the district come out to vote for their favorite projects, and together we collectively decide which of the proposed projects will get funded.

Council Member Brad Lander’s District is one of the only ones that includes both expense projects ($50,000) in addition to capital projects ($1.5 million).

How Can I Get Involved?

There are many ways to help out in the PB process.  You can:

  • attend a neighborhood assembly to learn about ideas being suggested
  • suggest an idea in person OR online
  • become a budget delegate and research proposed ideas
  • become a committee facilitator
  • spread the word for the vote
  • vote on the projects you think would best service the community