Skip to main content
Procore (en-GB)

Create a Budget Modification

Objective

To transfer money on a locked budget from one budget line item to another creating a Main Contract Variation (MCV)

Background

The budget modification feature is designed to provide project managers with the ability to accurately adjust a project's current budget. With this feature, you can create modifications that transfer allocated funds between budget line items, which provides you with the flexibility to accurately adjust the budget as allocation amounts change over the course of a construction project. For example, you might want to transfer money from a contingency line item on your budget to cover an unexpected cost from another budget line item. 

 Notes

Things to Consider

  • Required User Permissions:
    • To create budget modifications, 'Standard' level permissions or higher on the project's Budget tool.
    • To configure the Budget tool, 'Admin' level permissions on the project's Budget tool. 
  • Additional Information:
  • Limitations:
    • By default, the Budget tool supports modifications that transfer amounts from one (1) budget line to another, which results in a 'net-zero' transaction and updates the Original Budget and Budget Modification amounts.
      Note: If you want your project's budget to perform addition/subtraction to increase/decrease its totals, a user with 'Admin' permission on the Budget tool can click the Configure Settings  iconand then place a checkmark in the 'Allow Budget Modifications Which Modify Grand Total' box.
    • Budget modifications may not be visible to your client.
    • If you added a budget line item for $0 after locking the budget, you will not be permitted to delete that budget line item should it be associated with a budget modification.
    • If you are using the labour costing feature,  you cannot revise budgeted units by creating a budget modification. See Add a Budget View for Real-Time Labour Costing.
  • For companies using ERP Integrations:

Prerequisites

Steps

  1. Navigate to the project's Budget tool.  
  2. Determine where you are going to make your budget modifications. Be sure to note the specific cost codes and categories of the affected line items. For example, 02-900; M.
     Note
    If your company is using the ERP Integrations tool, the values in the 'Category' column correspond to the cost types in your integrated ERP system. See Assign Default Cost Types To Cost Codes.

    original-budget-budget-mod.png
  3. Click Create Budget Modifications.
     Notes

    This button is only visible and available when:

    • The budget is locked. See Lock a Budget.
    • You have 'Standard' level permissions or higher on the project's Budget tool.
  4. Enter details about the funds being transferred: 
    1. From. Select the budget line item from which you want to remove funds. 
    2. To. Select the budget line item to which you want to add funds. 
    3. Transfer Amount. Enter the total amount for the fund transfer. 
    4. Note. Enter a brief, descriptive explanation about the fund transfer. There is no limit on the number of characters you can enter on a note. 
      In the example below, $2000.00 is transferred from the Project Manager cost code and added to the Site Manager cost code.
       Notes
      • To automatically perform addition/subtraction or to automatically increase/decrease budget totals, a user with 'Admin' permission on the Budget tool can click the Configure Settings  icon and then place a checkmark in the 'Allow Budget Modifications Which Modify Grand Total' box. 
      • To create multiple budget modifications, click Add Line Item and enter in the cost code divisions and amount. You can create up to seven (7) budget modifications at one time. 

      create-multiple-budget-modifications.png
  5. Click Create.
  6. Changes are highlighted under the "Budget Modifications" column. Related sub-totals will also reflect the changes accordingly. Subtracted amounts are enclosed in parentheses. (e.g. ($2,000.00)) Results from Example 1 are shown below.

    budget-mods.png
     
  7. Remember, you can view the Budget Modifications Report to view a detailed record of all changes including the name of the person who made the change, as well as a timestamp. A link to the report can be found in the right pane of the Budget tool.

    budget-mods-report.png

Next Step

If your company has enabled the ERP Integrations tool:

 

If you would like to learn more about Procore’s budget management software and how it can help your business, please visit our construction budgeting software product page here.