$50,000 for Participatory Budgeting Projects to Improve Neighbourhood Spaces

Residents are invited to pitch their ideas and possibly get funded through the 2021 Participatory Budgeting initiative, which will see $50,000 invested in projects designed to enhance and enrich neighbourhood spaces throughout Victoria.

“Neighbourhood spaces and places - whether in our physical communities or virtually - can help us feel more connected,” said Keltie Craig, a volunteer member of the PB Steering Committee. “By turning over leadership and creativity to the community to develop these spaces, the PB process creates an opportunity for a diversity of residents to make something 'for us and by us’ and increase feelings of community ownership and belonging.”

The Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee is seeking proposals from local residents with an idea for a project or activity that will enhance or enrich physical, social or virtual neighbourhood spaces in a way that encourages connection to self, nature or others. Individuals or groups are invited to apply at engage.victoria.ca/pb by 4 p.m. on July 25, 2021.

“Participatory Budgeting is a very exciting process as it connects ideas from the community and direct community voting with a portion of our City budget”, said Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps. “The timing of Neighbourhood Spaces is more important than ever as we pull out of this pandemic and reimagine how to use neighbourhood spaces to reconnect.”

Proposals could include art installations, community gardens, walk-in movie events, virtual music halls, or anything else designed to benefit neighbourhood spaces in Victoria. 

Participatory Budgeting Information Sessions

The Steering Committee and City staff will co-host a series of online information session events for residents and organizations interested in submitting a proposal.

Date: Thursday, June 24
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm

Date: Saturday, July 10
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 am

Participatory Budgeting is an innovative, democratic process that gives the entire community the opportunity to submit project ideas and decide how to invest a portion of the City budget in projects that matter to the people who live here. Projects can be put forward by an individual, groups, or non-profit organizations. All projects must take place within the City of Victoria. Community voting will determine the top projects for funding, and will occur in late summer 2021.

After a successful pilot project in 2017, the City committed to three more years of Participatory Budgeting for 2019, 2020 and 2021. To date 15 community-led projects have received more than $150,000 in City of Victoria Participatory Budgeting funding. This year’s citizen-led volunteer Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee is being coordinated by the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network and the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods Society and includes 20 community volunteers.

Learn more, RSVP for a learning event, and apply for Participatory Budgeting funding at engage.victoria.ca/pb.