Participatory Budgeting

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How would you spend up to $50,000 to improve the lives of youth in Victoria?

The City of Victoria Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee has $50,000 to invest on projects that improve the lives of youth in Victoria, and we want the entire community to help decide how that money will be spent. Submit your ideas, cast your vote and be a part of the Participatory Budgeting process.

 

What is Participatory Budgeting?

Participatory Budgeting is an innovative process that allows the entire community to play a role in deciding how to invest a portion of the City of Victoria’s budget. Community members propose projects and events they believe would benefit the community.  Projects are vetted against the basic criteria and the community is then given the opportunity to vote on which shortlisted projects and events are implemented.

The City of Victoria first implemented participatory budgeting in 2018, awarding $52,500 to three different community projects. More information on the 2018 process can be found on the City of Victoria’s website.

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In 2019, the City of Victoria Youth Council is hosting the Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee, a citizen-led group that is running this year’s Participatory Budget process. At the end of the ideas submission and community voting, $50,000 will be given to projects and events that benefit and can be enjoyed by youth in Victoria.

Here is more information on Participatory Budgeting in Victoria BC

 

How can you get involved?

Submit an idea this spring

All Greater Victoria residents and local community groups are encouraged to put forward creative ideas for projects and events that will benefit youth in our community. Projects must take place within the City of Victoria. Idea submissions are due on May 6, 2019.

 

Cast your vote this summer

All Greater Victoria residents are eligible to vote for their favourite projects and events. Ideas will be showcased online, at City Hall, and at a variety of community events, including Car Free Day  #YYJ. Voting will begin June 16, 2019 and close on July 19, 2019.

 

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SUBMIT AN IDEA

Do you have an idea for how you would spend up to $50,000 to benefit youth in Victoria? We can’t wait to hear it! This year $50,000 will be rewarded to community projects that receive the most votes, $2,000 of that budget will be going towards Participatory Budgeting micro funding for proposals submitted by youth (aged 9-24) up to $500 and up to $8,000 will be used to fund the Participatory Budgeting process.  Ideas must be submitted by May 6, 2019.

Before you start your application please read the Participatory Budgeting Rulebook 2019 that guides this community process.

 

Does your idea meet these criteria?

While we encourage creativity and innovation and don’t want to put too many limits on your thinking, there are a few criteria every idea must meet:

  • Projects and events must take place within the City of Victoria
  • Projects and events must benefit youth
  • Projects must be submitted by a resident of the Capital Region District (CRD)
  • Projects can be put forward by individuals, groups, or non-profit organizations
  • Private businesses cannot put forward a project, but can sponsor one by providing additional funds
  • Projects cannot cancel or delay projects already planned or underway by the City of Victoria or other community groups
  • Projects must adhere to City bylaws, rules and regulations

 

How do you submit an idea?

All ideas must be submitted using this PB Proposal Form. Proposals must contain the following information:

  • Contact information of group or individuals submitting the idea
  • What the Project is?
  • Where will it take place?
  • The benefit to youth in the City of Victoria
  • Project budget and requested funding

 

In addition to completing the PB Proposal Form, all applicants must also complete a Budget Form (below) and email it it pb@victoria.ca before the May 6, 2019. Only complete submissions will be considered.

 

Is there support available to develop a proposal?

We are happy to support all community members in any way we can.  Anyone who is interested in submitting a proposal is encouraged to attend either our Evening of Learning or our Day of Learning to learn more about the Participatory Budgeting process and get help in developing their proposal.  You can also receive help at any time by emailing pb@victoria.ca

Or by viewing the following learning documents:

  1. What is PB?
  2. Proposal Development

 

What happens after a proposal has been submitted?

After the proposal deadline, the Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee will review all proposals to ensure they meet the required criteria as outlined in the PB Rulebook. Proposals will also be reviewed by City staff to ensure they are feasible. If issues are identified with any proposals, the Steering Committee will work with the submitter to fix the issue, with the goal of moving the idea forward in the process.

Ideas that meet all criteria and are deemed feasible will be brought forward for community voting.

 

VOTE FOR A PROJECT

How should we invest $50,000 to improve the lives of youth in Victoria? If you live in the CRD, you can help decide which projects will be funded!

 

Who can vote?

All CRD residents are eligible to vote for their favourite projects and events.

 

How does voting work?

Voting will open Sunday, June 16, 2019, and close on July 19, 2019. During the voting period, residents will be able to vote online or in-person at City Hall. You will be able to vote for up to three ideas.

Voting will also be available in-person at certain community events and locations:

  • Car Free Day- Sunday, June 16
  • Victoria City Hall
  • Stay tuned for more!

 

What are the ideas?

The Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee is currently accepting idea proposals. Ideas will be showcased on this page once voting opens.

 

Important Deadlines

  1. Proposal and Budget From: Due May 6, 2019
  2. Voting: June 16 to July 19, 2019
  3. Winners Announced: Late July

Have Questions?

Please email pb@victoria.ca