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The purpose of Mango's bursary fund is to improve access to Mango training for poorly-resourced, local NGOs who would otherwise not be able to afford to join us. The bursary fund is limited so this means that we have to introduce conditions on who can apply and how it is used. You can download our bursary information sheet in English or in French (Fiche d'information bourse) to learn more.
Which courses are supported with bursaries?
You can apply for a bursary for the following courses run in countries outside the UK:
- Getting the financial management basics right (5 days) find out more
- Building a sustainable future – financial tools and techniques (3 days) find out more
- Keeping your donors happy (2 days) find out more
Bursaries are dependent on funds being available for the selected training events.
Who can apply for a Mango bursary?
Mango bursaries are open to staff of local NGOs with limited funding, who meet the entry criteria of the course they are applying to attend. Staff who work for international NGOs do not qualify for the bursary fund as we believe they have more opportunity to find other sponsorship.
Bursary applications are considered on merit. We will give priority to small and poorly-resourced NGOs who are based in the country where the training takes place, and where the training will have greatest impact.
What does a bursary cover?
A bursary covers a certain percentage of the Mango course fee. The amount awarded depends on the annual income of the applicant NGO. We believe it is important that the applicant NGO makes a contribution to the course fee so that the training is seen as an investment for the whole organisation.
Expected contributions towards the course fees are as follows:
Annual income less than:
|Getting the financial management basics right||Building a sustainable future||Keeping your donors happy|
|USD 100,000||GBP 125||GBP 75||GBP 50|
|USD 300,000||GBP 300||GBP 180||GBP 120|
Unfortunately, as our bursary fund is limited and restricted to the most poorly-resourced NGOs, bursaries are not available to organisations whose annual income is greater than USD 300,000.
Bursaries are not available to cover the cost of accommodation, per diems or travel. These costs must be paid by the NGO applying for the bursary place.
How can you apply for a bursary?
You can make a bursary application online - you just need to tick the Mango bursary box. Alternatively please complete a bursary application form (also available in French Formulaire de demande de bourse).
Before you complete the form, please read the Terms and Conditions carefully to make sure you qualify and that you complete the form correctly.
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 incidental 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.
- 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.
- 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 accommodation. 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.
FundsForNGOs.org has produced an excellent guide on how to access travel grants from donors.
Submit requests for support at the earliest possible opportunity as it can often take several months to receive a decision.