Council has decided to use a process called participatory budgeting to award funds through the Community Grant Program. Participatory budgeting shifts decision-making authority away from elected officials, and places this authority in the hands of residents. This means Port Moody residents decide which groups receive community grants.
In the program’s first year, nine community groups received funds after presenting their grant requests at the 2017 Community Grant Application Presentations and Vote. At this event, held at City Hall on February 18, 2017, eligible attendees were asked to decide which grant applications should be approved. Please read the City’s news item to learn about the successful applicants.
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 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.