Getting help with course fees

As an NGO ourselves, we understand the difficulty that small NGOs have in finding the funds to pay for Mango courses.  Our Bursary Scheme helps but does not cover 100% of the course fee or any indicental costs, such as accommodation and travel.

Here are some ideas that might help you to access funds for our training.  Please let us know if you have any other ideas to share!

Existing supporters

  • If your NGO currently works in partnership with an international NGO (such as Oxfam, Save The Children, CAFOD, Christian Aid, TearFund, Concern, World Vision, etc.), then it is also worthwhile approaching them to see if they have a budget for partners' capacity building.
  • Major donor agencies often have spare funds during the year for small projects or activities. Ask your current donors if they could cover the costs of attending Mango training - just remember to make a good case for why you need the training.
  • If you have made savings on a donor-funded project, rather than give the money back, ask the donor if you can use the funds for Mango training.

New supporters

  • Make sure you always include a budget for training whenever you apply for new funds.  A good estimate is 1-2% of the total salaries budget or put in an exact amount based on the cost of the course fees plus travel and accommodatiom.  Add a note to explain what training you plan to attend and why it is needed.
  • Contact local business, Rotary groups and embassies who often have small grants available for a wide range of activities.
  • The Commonwealth Foundation also has a fund to assist members of commonwealth countries to attend training in the Commonwealth. Visit their website for more information.

Travel Grants has produced an excellent guide on how to access travel grants from donors.


Be organised!
Submit requests for support at the earliest possible opportunity as it can often take several months to receive a decision.