Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. We’re excited to start collecting your ideas for how we should invest collectively in our neighborhoods this year!

The projects that feel most urgent this year will, no doubt, be different. Some may help our community rebuild from the Covid-19 crisis, addressing weaknesses the pandemic has exposed or needs it has revealed. Others may address racial injustices we’ve come to see more clearly in the wake of the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Daniel Prude. 

Participatory Budgeting projects can be a wide range of projects. From school repairs, to storytelling gardens, to self-defense classes. District 39 runs PB for both capital projects (brick-and-mortar type projects) and expense projects (programming with local organizations).

The projects that feel most urgent this year will, no doubt, be different. Some may help our community rebuild from the Covid-19 crisis, addressing weaknesses the pandemic has exposed or needs it has revealed.

Others may address racial injustices we’ve come to see more clearly in the wake of the killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Daniel Prude. 

Send us your ideas here! 

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Upcoming Idea Collection Events

Online:

Tuesday, October 13 from 7 to 8:30 PM: Participatory Budgeting Neighborhood Assembly. Register here.
We will be gathering on Zoom next week to talk about ideas for how to spend our district’s participatory budgeting dollars to help our neighborhoods recover from this crisis. Come learn about participatory budgeting and discuss ideas with your neighbors. 

In person, outdoor:

Sunday, October 11 from 11 to 1 PM: Carroll Park

Friday, October 16 from 2:30 to 4 PM: Park Slope Library Reading Garden (a participatory budgeting-funded project!)

All of the ideas are collected (both from online and in person assemblies and any other submissions) and then given to our delegate committees for deliberation. In these deliberations, we develop and narrow the ideas. So your ideas can be both broad or very specific, and everywhere in between (although specificity is certainly helpful). Not every idea will be chosen, but they all are considered. If you are interested in volunteering on a delegate committee, let us know here.

You can also see previously funded projects here to help kickstart some more ideas.

Note: Your name and email are not required, but please consider sending us your email so we can follow up with you about your idea. We will not use your email for anything else or add it to any other list.

Be sure to rate the project ideas and discuss them here!