Participatory Budgeting Pilot (Balwin and Belvedere)
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The City of Edmonton is piloting participatory budgeting in 2 neighbourhoods (Balwin and Belvedere) to distribute up to $70,000 of Neighbourhood Revitalization Funding. The pilot will provide residents, business owners and operators, and non-profit organizations with the opportunity to help decide how to distribute public money to benefit Balwin and Belvedere.
Participatory budgeting 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.
Participatory Budgeting Process
Brainstorm Project Idea
Community members share and discuss ideas through workshops and online tools.
Develop Project Proposals
Community members turn their ideas into feasible proposals, with support from City staff.
Winning proposals are picked through a community vote.
Fund and Implement
The City funds the winning ideas, and community members implement their projects.
Through a collaborative and interactive process, Ward Karhiio and Ward Nakota Isga community members were invited to help decide how to spend part of Councillor Tang and Councillor Knack’s office budgets.
Participants were encouraged to think of ideas for small, on-the-ground projects that seeded and stimulated improvements in their communities.
Participatory Budgeting Workshop
Balwin and Belvedere residents are invited to join a participatory budgeting workshop. It will be an opportunity to learn more about the process, brainstorm ideas with other community members, give and receive peer feedback on ideas and get support in developing a project pitch.
Design and Develop Workshop (In-person) Date: Thursday October 12, 2023 Location: TBD Time: 7-9pm
Design and Develop Workshop (Online) Date: Wednesday October 25, 2023 Location: Google Meet Video Conference Time: 7-9pm
Note: workshop dates (both in-person and online) will be posted when details are confirmed.
All submissions will be reviewed by the City’s project team to ensure there is no missing information, and will then post it on the Community Voting Board. The project team may contact you should there be any questions regarding your proposal.
The submission deadline is Sunday November 5, 2023 at 11:59pm.
Have a great idea that can meet your community needs? Turn your idea into a full project proposal with help from helpful guides and resources, including a
Submit a Proposal
Provide information to other community members who will vote on your project, and will also help the City project team anticipate what additional permits/approvals might be needed to support your project (if it gets funded).
Residents and community members with finalized proposals can submit them via: