Seattle's Participatory Budgeting
your voice, your choice
Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It’s a tool to empower everyone to make decisions about how funds should be spent in our communities. PB involves a series of steps in which community members brainstorm ideas, then they form committees to develop ideas into project proposals. Once the proposals are developed, the community is invited to vote on which projects to fund, and the projects selected get implemented in the community.
About this process
Vote and decide how to spend $27 million dollars in Seattle's communities.
One of the largest participatory budgeting undertakings in the nation, the $30 million funding for this Participatory Budgeting program came from a $100 million fund earmarked by then Mayor Jenny Durkan after community groups demanded investments into Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities during the protests for Black lives in the summer of 2020.