How we are funded

Where our money came from
in 2015-16 …

pie chart of Resource Centre income 2015-16In the financial year 2015-16 we received a total of £197,694.

Just under a third of this income (£57,818) was generated by our equipment hire service and community print room.

69% (£136,870) came from regular grants and contracts:

  • This was the third year of a three year discretionary grant from Brighton & Hove City Council, which goes towards our core costs and enables us to run all our services for community groups. This provided 45% of our total income in 2014-15 (£90,000).
  • We also received a contribution towards our information service from the City Council’s Community and Third Sector Prospectus. This was the second year of a three year commission and we received £6,000, which represents 3% of our total income and 42% of the cost of our information service.
  • We are contracted by Brighton & Hove City Council Housing Services to provide free advice and support to tenants’ associations and secretarial support for their participation in the Tenant and Leaseholder Involvement structure. This contract accounts for just under 17% of our income (£33,370).
  • We offer advice and support and bespoke software development for early years and childcare settings in the most deprived neighbourhoods of Brighton & Hove. This work is free of charge to the groups, and is funded by a contract with City Early Years and Childcare. In 2014-15, this funding accounted for 4% of our total income (£7,500).

Small grants and donations accounted for the remaining income for the year:

  • We received £1000 from the Department for Transport, to support a collaborative project with Brighton & Hove Council Transport Planning, offering transport funding for the activities of groups in marginalised communities.
  • Some of our advice and support work was funded by the Community Health Fund (£479).
  • We received £200 from Rottingdean and Saltdean Lions to buy a new laminator for our community print room.
  • And finally we were grateful to receive £500 from the East Brighton Trust to help support our advice work to grass roots groups in Moulsecoomb and Whitehawk.

… and where it went

Pie chart of Resource Centre expenditure 2015-16In the financial year 2015-16 we spent  £211,820 on service provision to groups, plus £1,341 on capital equipment, a total of £213,161.

The majority of the service expenditure was on our equipment hire and community print room services.  Together these cost £110,115 (52% of total service expenditure.) Around 60% of the cost of the equipment and print services is staff wages with most of the remainder being spent on consumables and repair and maintenance of equipment.

The next biggest expense is the intensive support service, our advice, training and consultancy work with groups in our priority areas. This costs £86,447 (40% of total service expenditure.) Within this sum we track expenditure by various client groups, mainly to allow us to monitor the different aspects of the work for funding purposes.

    • The largest expenditure under this heading is on support to tenants associations. This work, which includes our secretarial support to the consultation structure, cost a total of £37,058 in 2015-16. This was 17.5% of total expenditure and was mainly covered by our income from Housing Services.
    • The next largest expenditure is on work with black and ethnic minority groups. This cost £21,679 (10.2% of total expenditure) in the last year. We are currently seeking funding for this and, in the meantime, are funding it from our own income and reserves.
    • We spent £16, 946 (8%)on support to social groups on estates and groups of disabled people. This work is also currently unfunded and being paid for from our own income and reserves.
    • Our work with childcare groups costs £10,764 (5.1%) and is partially funded by a grant from City Early Years and Childcare.
    • Lastly we spent a small amount of money – £1,039 (0.5%) – on advice to non priority groups on our front desk. This again is funded from our own income.

The final area of expenditure is on our information service. This cost a total of £14,218 (6.7%). The majority of the cost was on staff time to gather and update information. Around 40% of the cost was covered by funding from the City Council’s Community and Third Sector Prospectus.
The above breakdown shows all of our expenditure by service area. It is also possible to look at the figures in terms of how much was spent on service delivery – staff costs and consumables for equipment – and how much on support costs – rent, telephone, heating etc. Breaking it down like this £192,819 (91%) of our expenditure was on delivering services to groups and only £19,001 (9%) on indirect costs.

Annual Accounts 2015-16

Our annual accounts were approved at our Annual General Meeting on 19th October 2016. You can view the 2015-16 Accounts and Annual Report by clicking on the link below:
B&H SWET Ltd Accounts and Trustees Annual Report 2015-16.

Last updated: July 2016