Together We Can: Pawtucket & Central Falls
Participatory Budgeting in the Pawtucket & Central Falls Health Equity Zone
What is Participatory Budgeting? It is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of a public budget. It’s a tool to empower everyone to make decisions about how funds should be spent in our communities.
Participatory Budgeting involves a series of steps: 1) Community members brainstorm and submit ideas; 2) A smaller group of community members develop ideas into project proposals; 3) Project proposals are voted on by the whole community; 4) Projects selected get carried out in the community
About this process
How would you invest $385,000 to improve health and well-being in Pawtucket and Central Falls?
Pawtucket and Central Falls residents are in control of how to improve health and well-being in our communities! Through this process, we will directly decide on how to spend $385,000 to improve the conditions that help us stay or become healthy. We will do this by sharing ideas (September-December 2022), developing projects at Change Agent Meetings (January-April 2023), and voting (May 30-June19) on what to fund. This process is called Participatory Budgeting. To learn more about Participatory Budgeting click here.
We know that there is a lot that goes into having healthy communities. Research tells us that healthy communities have adequate transportation; employment opportunities; clean, safe, and affordable housing; parks and open space; access to fresh, healthy food and clean water; a high-quality education system; and safe streets. These are known as Social Determinants of Health. To learn more click here.