Participatory budgeting is a democratic decision-making process of direct citizen engagement to manage public money.  With funds from U.S. Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Niagara Falls has once again allocated $360,000 in the 2018 Action Plan for participatory budgeting.  Called "PB 360,"  NF CD seeks yours ideas and participation in community-led, direct decision-making.

The theme for PB 360 in the 2018 Action Plan is "Placemaking."  Placemaking is what it sounds like: making places.  Places are locations that have a recognized meaning by a group of people over time.  Places are where we grow up, live, work, play, and call home.  This initiative seeks to decide what public infrastructure or improvements are needed to create, restore, and/or enhance community places and belonging in three Niagara Falls to continue building on recent NFCD investments in those neighborhoods: North End, South End, and Middle Pine.  Each neighborhood has a pot of $120,000 set aside for placemaking initiatives that come from and are decided by Niagara Falls residents. Idea Sessions will gather ideas from community members in an interactive setting to share, form, and build those ideas.  Those ideas will then be put to a public vote that will ultimately decide which ideas get implemented.


Ballot Items

The votes are in and are being counted. The final results will be announced TBD.

North End - 9th Street to 15th Street, Grove Ave to Beech Ave

+ (NE 1) Community Center RFP - $50,000

Fund a request for proposals (RFP) to create a community center in the North End neighborhood

+ (NE 2) Underground Railroad Monument Replacement (St. John's AME) - $15,000

Up to $15,000 for purchase of Underground Railroad monument at St. John’s AME; replacement of monument that was stolen from that site

+ (NE 3) Fence Installation & Crosswalk Painting at D’Amelio Park - $10,000

Safety improvements and traffic calming measures surrounding D’Amelio Park

+ (NE 4) Exterior Home Improvement Grants - $100,000

Provide grants to qualified homeowners for exterior home improvements

+ (NE 5) Historical & Cultural Public Art - $10,000

Up to $10,000 for community-led artistic representation of the history and culture of the North End neighborhood

+ (NE 6) Graffiti Wall Art - $10,000

Up to $10,000 for area graffiti artists to create a graffiti art mural in the North End neighborhood

Middle Pine - 17th Street to 24th Street, Ferry Ave to LaSalle Ave

+ (MP 1) Targeted Street Cleanups - $10,000

DPW Summer Cleanups in Middle Pine neighborhood in 2018 & 2019

+ (MP 2) Power Box Public Art - $35,000

Artistic prints on Pine Ave electrical boxes showcasing Niagara Falls history & culture

+ (MP 3) Pride Flags for Pine Ave - $1,000

Purchase of Pride flags to display on flag posts along Pine Ave

+ (MP 4) Bike Repair Station & Programming - $6,000

1 permanent bike repair station located in Middle Pine neighborhood & programmed neighborhood workshops for residents

+ (MP 5) Exterior Home Improvement Grant Program - $100,000

Provide grants to qualified homeowners for exterior home improvements

+ (MP 6) Blight Clearance - $100,000

Demolition of 3 to 4 targeted residential lots in Middle Pine neighborhood

South End - 4th Street to 8th Street, Niagara Street to Pine Ave

+ (SE 1) Exterior Home Improvement Grant Program - $100,000

Provide grants to qualified homeowners for exterior home improvements

+ (SE 2) Blight Clearance - $100,000

Demolition of 3 to 4 targeted residential lots in South End neighborhood

+ (SE 3) Public Art Garbage Cans - $20,000

Up to $20,000 for purchase of decorative garbage cans in South End neighborhood

+ (SE 4) 8th Street Pocket Park Improvements - $20,000

Up to $20,000 for gazebo repair, landscaping, and signage for 8th Street Pocket Park (716-8th Street)


Questions? View our FAQ Page.
 


Additional Resources

Check out some of the resources below to learn about what placemaking is and how we can build better places in Niagara Falls as a community:

Project for Public Spaces (website)
"Simple Things, Great Places" (article)
Placemaking Chicago (Youtube video, 2:05)
Placemaking and Community (Youtube video, 9:29)

 

PB 360 - 2017

 Participants interact with each other and the  parks master plan  at the first pb 360 idea session of 2017.

Participants interact with each other and the parks master plan at the first pb 360 idea session of 2017.

2017 was the first year for Participatory Budgeting in Niagara Falls.  Using federal funds through HUD's Community Development Block Grant Program, Niagara Falls Community Development allocated $360,000 for public parks improvements using the participatory budgeting model.  This program became known as "PB 360" and is currently in the implementation phase of putting residents' ideas to use.

Click HERE to see how our inaugural year of PB 360 went!