Currently we have two streams of funding from the Dept of Communities. They are called Community Support Services (CSS) and Family Support (FS). They each have a wage/salary component to employ Coordinator and Family Support Worker. The other parts of each stream of funding are called ‘administration’ and ‘operational’ components. When added together, they cover some the overheads and running costs of the centre including the administration and bookkeeping that The Bookkeeper and Admin Officer does. We get some funding from the Federal Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCHSIA) to support the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS). KNC also relies very significantly on income raised from second hand book sales, internet use, copying , printing, faxing, room hire and donations. Sometimes we apply for ‘one-off’ grants for a specific capital item (eg Photocopy machine) or project/program.
The Management Committee make all the decisions about what to do with the money we receive from the State Government or that we generate ourselves. Some of this money goes towards program costs (where the government money is not enough), to community development activities (such as Family Days) or to equipment such as new computers or a specific project (such as the trailer for the furniture exchange program).
A budget is written and approved by the Management Committee for each Financial Year and includes everything that we spend money on from the garden maintenance to Insurance , the lease of the car, electricity, rates, phone, maintenance of equipment and so on.