Participatory Budgeting in District 33 is Back!
I am very happy to be bringing PB back for its ninth year in District 33. Due to the pandemic, PB will not be the same this year as in years past. First of all because along with Council Member Lander, our neighbor in District 39, we are the only Brooklyn Council districts to be offering Participatory Budgeting this year (one district in Manhattan is also doing PB). We recognize that community involvement is the best way to respond to the needs of the moment.
In this time of Covid-19, we need to be concentrating on the present and on projects that can have a more direct impact on people's lives in a more timely manner. To that end, for this cycle we will be doing something slightly different: we will only be funding expense projects. We will continue to monitor capital projects from years past and may bring it back next year but for now we are concentrating on expense projects.
What are expense projects you might ask? Well, we have been funding Expense Projects for the past two years and had some great projects. Past projects include:
NYCHA Gardening Project w/ Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Teaching Creativity with Digital Tools w/ MAKE STEAM
Books for Williamsburgh Library
NYCHA Gardening Project Con't
Electric Parks Equipment w/ North Brooklyn Parks Alliance
Environmental Workshops for students w/ Newtown Creek Alliance
Circus Workshops for middle school students w/ Bindlestiff Circus
Tree Maintenance Materials w/ Greenpoint Treet Corp
* Due to voting being canceled this year the Councilmember funded all but one of the suggested projects but at a lower amount than was asked for.
The criteria for Expense projects to be considered are as follows:
A. Projects must be able to be completed for between $5,000 and $10,000
B. Groups responsible for the projects must be eligible to receive City funds. You can apply as an individual but must have an approved fiscal sponsor. (You can email Ben at [email protected] with any questions about this)
C. Projects must be completed within the 2022 fiscal year. (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022)
D. There must be a designated organization that will be responsible for the completion of the project
Ideas can be submitted thru the link below:
And we need your help too! Ways to get involved include:
District Committee Member: work with others to guide the process over the course of the year
Project Evaluation: help evaluate the projects based on equity, feasibility and need to decide what gets on the ballot
Graphics: design eye-catching social media posts and flyers promoting PB
Technology: help us think of new and better ways to get the word out
Translation: translate materials into languages used in the district
Any questions can be directed to Ben Solotaire, Director of PB, [email protected], or 646 584 1718
Now is the time to reimagine how we serve people, so let us know what you are thinking. As always, all ideas will be considered, so use your imagination. The deadline for submissions will be December 31, 2020. Voting as always will be in the early spring of 2021.
As the City suspends central PB operations, District 33 PB Committee (composed of local volunteers and stakeholders) is working with CM Steve Levin to maintain the program for a more equitable distribution of City funds across our district. The criteria for Expense projects to be considered are as f...