Democracy Fund

The Democracy Fund invests in organizations working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people.

Democracy Fund

Participatory Budgeting Project

The Participatory Budgeting Project seeks to empower people to decide together how to spend public money through grassroots decision-making processes that connect residents, experts, and officials.


Participatory budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget, which enables taxpayers to work with government to make the budget decisions that affect their lives.

The first U.S. adoptions of participatory budgeting were in Chicago in 2009 and New York City in 2011, and the Participatory Budgeting Project is at the center of an accelerating movement to engage the public more deeply in budget decision-making across the country. Our provision of core funding at this moment seeks to position the organization for growth and enable it to become a critical anchor as the process is adopted more broadly across the U.S.