Grant Cycle 1:
The winner in our first grant cycle was Participatory Budgeting St. Louis (PBSTL), a project that engages residents in decisions about how public money is spent in their ward. PBSTL works with neighborhood organizations, alderpersons, and other non-profit organizations to help bring the power of democracy to community improvement.
In St. Louis, each ward is allocated a yearly budget for ward improvements. The budget is spent to improve things like sidewalks, streets, lighting, parks, etc. Usually the alderperson decides what projects get funded throughout the ward each year. Through participatory budgeting residents come together to share ideas on how they think the money should be spent, they create projects, then the entire ward gets to vote on which projects get funded for the year. It is a much more inclusive way of making community investment. It gives more power back to people and allows the community to take more control of the decision-making process than ever before.
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