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The purpose of Mango's bursary fund is to improve access to Mango training for poorly-resourced, local NGOs or Community-based orgaisations, who would otherwise not be able to afford to join our training. 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 (excluding events held in Europe, Australia and USA):
- 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/CBOs 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 training course fee. The amount awarded depends on the annual income of the applicant NGO. We believe it is important that the applicant organisation 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.
Other sponsorship ideas
As an NGO ourselves, we understand the difficulty that small NGOs have in finding funds to pay for our training courses. Our Bursary Scheme helps, but it does not cover 100% of the course fee, or accommodation and travel costs.
Here are some ideas that will help you to find other support for training. Please let us know if you have any other ideas to share.
- If your organisation 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 funding agencies often have spare funds during the year for small projects or activities. Ask your current supporters if they could cover the costs of attending Mango training - just remember to make a good case for why you need the training, eg to to improve your financial and grant management skills and processes.
- If you have made savings on a grant-funded project, rather than give the money back, ask the donor if you can use the funds to send key staff on a Mango training event,
- Make sure you always include a budget for staff 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 taking place 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 financial support to funding agencies at the earliest possible opportunity, as it can often take several months to receive a decision.