What is Participatory Budgeting?
Participatory budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget.
PB started in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1989 as an anti-poverty measure that helped reduce child mortality by nearly 20%. Since then, PB has spread to over 7,000 cities around the world, and has been used to decide budgets from states, counties, cities, housing authorities, schools, and other institutions. Click here to learn more about how Participatory Budgeting works.
The L.A. REPAIR Participatory Budgeting pilot program dedicates $8.5 million of City funding to nine underserved communities to decide how it should be spent on programs that serve the community.