District 33 Keeps Participatory Budgeting Alive for 2021

The community in NYC Council District 33 will be able to participate in the vote that gives them a direct influence on funding expense projects in 2021 for this district. District 33 is one of the rare districts that are going forward with Participatory Budgeting this year.  The projects to be voted on will be in the Expense Project category.  These are more contained and smaller concepts.

An Expense Project must fit the following criteria:

  • Groups responsible for the projects must be eligible to receive City funds. You can submit an idea as an individual but must have an approved fiscal sponsor. (contact Ben Solotaire at bsolotaire@council.nyc.gov or call 646-584-1718 with any questions about this)
  • Projects must be able to be completed for between $5,000 and $10,000
  • Projects must be completed within the 2022 fiscal year. (May 1, 2021, to April 30, 2022).

Expense projects that District 33 has funded are:

NYCHA Gardening Project w/ Gowanus Canal Conservancy (GCC)
GCC, residents, and the after-school program partnered to enhance and expand garden plots using new tools & materials. Wyckoff Gardens, Gowanus Houses, Warren St. 

Teaching Creativity with Digital Tools      
Training for teachers to use 21st Century tools, design thinking, & project-based learning in our Public Schools 

More Books for Williamsburgh Library    
Helped buy up to 200 more books for the collection at this great resource for all Williamsburg residents.

If you have an idea for a project for District 33 just fill out this form by December 31st. If you are interested in volunteering you can also indicate this on the same form.

The public will vote on the projects in early April. The where and how are yet to be determined. Ben Solotaire said, “We are working to make the program equitable as well as safe, it is not easy but a lot of it will have to be online.”

Author: Lori Ann Doyon

Managing editor, head writer, and lead photographer of Greenline | North Brooklyn News since October 2014. Resident of Williamsburg, Brooklyn since 1990.

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