The MVO receives a subvention from the Government of Montserrat(GoM) to cover its operational expenses. Although the majority of the MVO's operating expenses are met by the GoM with a limited contribution from merchandise sales, the MVO operates as a statutory body. This independence may allow it to attract funds from donors who might not otherwise wish to support an official Government body.
The MVO operating budget and capital expenditure are protected by strong policy commitments from GoM and Her Majesty's Government (HMG) to maintain high quality scientific monitoring. This includes potential funding to meet any additional monitoring required by heightened volcanic activity.