Community Grant Public Forum and Vote
For 2017, the decision-making will happen at the Community Grant Public Forum and Vote, to be held at Inlet Theatre (100 Newport Drive) on February 18, 2017 at 1pm. At the forum, applicants will present their funding requests to attendees. At the end of the presentations, Port Moody residents in attendance (including applicants) may cast one ballot for each grant range category:
- $1,000 or less;
- $1,001 to $2,500; and
- $2,501 to $5,000.
Grants will be awarded based on the number of votes received by each community group in each category.
What is Participatory Budgeting?
Bridging community engagement to action is one of Council’s core values. Participatory budgeting is a way to bridge that gap – it’s one more way in which the City is engaging community members in the decision-making process.
Participatory budgeting is not a consultation or a competition. It is a direct, democratic process which empowers residents to set priorities for the community, and make real decisions about real money. Participatory budgeting has been implemented, at varying levels, in municipalities around the world, with the common goal of engaging community members to make decisions about how specific public funds are allocated.
If you would like to learn more about participatory budgeting, please visit the Participatory Budgeting Project (PBP). PBP is a non-profit organization that empowers people to decide together how to spend public money, primarily in the U.S. and Canada. PBP creates and supports participatory budgeting processes that deepen democracy, build stronger communities, and make public budgets more equitable and effective.