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Got an idea for a project that would benefit newcomers in Victoria?

Call for Proposals Now Open!

Apply now for up to $50,000 in Participatory Budgeting funding. It's easy!

Step 1: Fill out the project submission form by July 31 at 4 p.m. (Since you must compete the entire form in one session, you may find it helpful to preview the questions before you start filling out the form)

Before you start the process, please read the Participatory Budgeting Rulebook.

Step 2: Fill out the budget form located in the documents section and email it to before the deadline.

What is Participatory Budgeting?

Watch this video to find out more of what you need to know about this year's initiative benefiting newcomers. Members of the 2020 Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee answer questions including who can apply, how to come up with an idea for a project and more!

Interested in learning more about the process and how to get involved?

  • Sign up one of our Virtual Open House events hosted by the Steering Committee.
  • Email us at to set up an appointment to discuss your proposal idea with a member of the Steering Committee. The City’s citizen-led volunteer Participatory Budget Steering Committee is being coordinated this year by the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria.

Criteria for Projects

*Read the Participatory Budgeting Rulebook for the complete list of criteria.

  • Projects must take place within the City of Victoria, (see map) and must benefit newcomers. The Steering Committee defines newcomers as immigrants/refugees to Canada, and their families, who have settled in Victoria. Projects can be proposed for both multicultural audiences or for one particular group, but must ensure newcomers are an identified stakeholder.
  • 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 initiatives already planned or underway by the City of Victoria or other community groups.
  • Projects must be completed by December 31, 2021.

Learn More

Participatory budgeting is an innovative, democratic process that was first developed in Brazil in 1989. It is now practiced in more than 3,000 cities around the world. Participatory budgeting focuses on engaging people who have not historically been involved in government or budgeting processes. The process is citizen-led and community members directly decide how to spend part of the City’s budget.

The initiative began in Victoria in 2017 with a successful pilot project. The City followed this up with a commitment for three more years, with a focus on Youth in 2019, on Newcomers in 2020, and on Neighourhood Spaces in 2021. In total, 11 community-led projects have been selected by community members to receive $110,000 in City of Victoria Participatory Budgeting funding since the initiative began.

For more information and to see projects that received Participatory Budgeting funding in past years, visit the project website.


  • Call for Proposals
    June 16 - July 31
    Participatory Budgeting proposals are currently being accepted.
  • Review of Proposals
    August 2020
    The Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee and City staff will review all proposals to ensure they meet the PB criteria.
  • Community Voting
    September 2020
  • Fund Top Projects
    Fall 2020
    The projects with the most community votes will be funded.

Level Of Engagement

Learn more about the City's Engagement Framework here.


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