Participatory Budgeting

Participatory Budgeting

CEC, dollar sign, and phrase, the people's money

The People's Money

On September 14th 2022, Mayor Adams and the Civic Engagement Commission announced the launch of “The People’s Money” — New York City’s first-ever citywide participatory budgeting (PB) process. All New Yorkers age 11 and up, regardless of immigration status, can decide how to spend $5 million of the city’s budget to address local community needs.

Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which community members decide how to spend part of a public budget. PB started in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1989 as an anti-poverty measure. The process has been implemented over 11,600 times in states, cities, counties, schools, and other institutions across the world!

Though NYC City Council members introduced PB back in 2011, and many City Council members currently participate by putting up their own discretionary funding, The People’s Money is the first citywide process utilizing Mayoral expense funding. Expense funding can be used for projects and services, and the citywide process allows all New Yorkers to participate, regardless of the council district they live in.  

To learn more about the People’s Money’s phases and opportunities to get involved, navigate and click on each tab shown above. The process is currently in Phase 4: Project Implementation.

What happens next in The People’s Money?
.... the Project Implementation Phase!

From May 10th through June 25th, 2023, tens of thousands of New Yorkers voted on how to spend part of the city budget to address community needs. Ballots are now in the process of being counted!

The results are in - find out here which programs will be funded in your borough or neighborhood. To view detailed vote totals for each ballot, click here!

The CEC will announce the organizations responsible for implementing the projects publicly, and will work closely with the implementing organizations over the course of the year to ensure they are supported, projects are effectively monitored, and are completed successfully. Any opportunities to be involved in the projects will be posted on this site.

All projects must be completed by June of 2024. The CEC will report back the results of the projects upon completion, including metrics such as the number of residents served, outcomes, highlights, successes and challenges. To learn more about this phase and how to get involved, visit:

Equity Neighborhoods

The hardest-hit communities the Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity has focused on since its launch include those most impacted by COVID-19, in addition to communities that have a high percentage of other health and socioeconomic disparities. At the time the Taskforce was established, these communities accounted for over 50% of all the City's COVID-19 cases.

One participatory budgeting project will be funded $50,000 in each of these neighborhoods. Residents of these neighborhoods were able to vote on a ballot with neighborhood-focused projects, as well as the ballot for their borough.

an illustration with of new york 5 boroughs divided by districts.

  1. Lower East Side, Chinatown
  2. Morningside Heights, Hamilton Heights
  3. Central Harlem
  4. East Harlem
  5. Washington Heights, Inwood
  6. Mott Haven, Melrose
  7. Hunts Point, Longwood
  8. Morrisania, Crotona
  9. Highbridge, Concourse, Mount Eden
  10. Fordham, University Heights
  11. Belmont, East Tremont
  12. Kingsbridge, Kingsbridge Heights, Bedford Park
  13. Soundview, Clason Point, Castle Hill, Unionport
  14. Williamsbridge, Norwood, Olinville, Edenwald, Wakefield
  15. Bedford-Stuyvesant
  16. Bushwick
  17. East New York, Starrett City, Cypress Hills
  18. Sunset Park
  19. Coney Island, Brighton Beach
  20. Flatbush
  21. Brownsville
  22. East Flatbush
  23. Canarsie
  24. Queensbridge
  25. Corona
  26. East Elmhurst
  27. Briarwood
  28. Woodhaven
  29. Richmond Hill, South Ozone Park
  30. Jamaica, South Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, Rochdale, Springfield Gardens
  31. Queens Village
  32. Rockaway, Broad Channel
  33. St. George, Stapleton, Port Richmond, Tompkinsville and Mariner’s Harbor