The Community Foundation’s LeadSafeCNY initiative is hosting a participatory budgeting project to address childhood lead poisoning in Syracuse by increasing lead testing of children and homes. The winning project will be funded with a $150,000 grant.

Participatory budgeting is a type of community engagement in which residents decide how to allocate funding through a process of democratic deliberation and decision-making. This project will run from September 2022 – May 2023. See below for more information regarding the participatory budgeting process and how you can sign up.

If you have questions, you may direct them to Qiana Williams, program officer, at 315.883.5568 or qwilliams@cnycf.org.

A typical participatory budgeting process follows these steps, usually over the course of a year:

  1. Process Design: We are partnering with a consultant and community leaders to create the rules and engagement plan.
  2. Brainstorm Ideas: Through meetings and online tools, residents will share and discuss ideas for projects.
  3. Develop Proposals: Groups of volunteers will develop the ideas into feasible proposals.
  4. Vote: Volunteers vote on the proposals that most serve the community’s needs.
  5. Fund Winning Project: The Community Foundation will fund the winning idea.

Graphic courtesy of Participatory Budgeting Project

Volunteers are invited to sign up to be a part of this exciting program. Participants will hear from county and city officials, community leaders and residents as we share stories, expertise and ideas, develop proposals and vote on the best project. Registration is required to ensure we have enough food, translators and childcare available.

Sign Up

Below is the 2022-23 meeting calendar. All meetings run from 6:30 pm-8:30 pm.

Date Host Location Agenda
Sep 13 Cafe Sankofa 2323 S Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13205 What can we do about Lead?
Oct 4 Dunbar Center 1453 S State St, Syracuse, NY 13205 What can we do about Lead?
Nov 15 Northside Women’s Center – YMCA 511 Butternut St, Syracuse, NY 13208 What can we do about Lead?
Dec 6 PEACE, Inc – Eastside 202 S Beech St, Syracuse, NY 13210 What can we do about Lead?
2023 Schedule
Jan 10 Northside Women’s Center – YMCA 511 Butternut St, Syracuse, NY 13208 What can we do about Lead?
Feb 7 PEACE, Inc – Westside – TBD 200 Wyoming St, Syracuse, NY 13204 What can we do about Lead?
Mar 7 Northside Learning Center 501 Park St, Syracuse, NY 13203 Proposal presentations
Apr 4 PEACE, Inc, Southside 217 S Salina St #2, Syracuse, NY 13202 Proposal presentations
Apr 18 Salt City Market Community room 484 S Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13202 Preliminary vote on proposals
May 2 Salt City Market Community room 484 S Salina St, Syracuse, NY 13202 Final vote

More to come!

More to come!

More to come!

We have compiled a list of resources to help you learn more about the dangers of lead poisoning and how to safely remove it from your home.

View Resources

LeadSafeCNY is an initiative of the Central New York Community Foundation, which has made a multi-year commitment to help decrease the region’s alarming childhood lead poisoning rates. Understanding that lead poisoning undercuts all community efforts to help children reach their fullest potential, LeadSafeCNY tackles this issue through multiple approaches including funding, impact investing and collaboration to support lead-free housing construction, existing home renovations, community outreach and training, workforce development, public policy and more.

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