What does a program cost?
While expenses will differ program to program, many Indigenous Guardian programs have core costs each year. These can include staff wages, equipment and office materials. Additional costs may arise when you launch your program or every few years when reinvestment is needed (i.e. for vehicles or equipment) or you are expanding. Some costs are project specific and vary year-to-year depending on priorities and funding.
Conducting an annual planning and budgeting process can help you develop realistic program budgets that anticipate and estimate your expenses. Budgeting, in reality, is as much an art as it is a science. It gets easier with experience and as the true costs of running a program become clear.
While no two guardian program budgets will be the same, see the Infosheet "Typical Budget Categories for an Indigenous Guardian Program" to see budget line items and program expenses that you might consider building into your guardian program budget.
To develop a realistic budget start by gathering costs and estimates. Use the Template "Sample Indigenous Guardian Budget" for guidance. Also see the Tipsheet "Ideas for Developing a Budget"