Social Profit Grants

Vlerick Social Profit Grants

Vlerick Business School wants to contribute to the professionalisation of nonprofit organisations whose activities generate social profit by providing tangible benefits to the community, to people in Belgium and around the world. The nonprofit organisations can apply for a Vlerick Social Profit Grant.


Ignace De Ro

Ignace De Ro, Westlandia vzw
General Director

“Thanks to the Social Profit Grant − and by means of the Advanced Management programme − we have acquired an overview of all the elements comprising the operational management of our organisation.

The emphasis on working strategically, with the right choices depending on the chosen strategy, will allow Westlandia to grow further in its mission − namely, the employment of people who are somewhat removed from the labour market.

The programme provides insights into many aspects of business and how to infuse your mission into a strategy, action plan, company culture, financial consequences, customer relations, negotiations, networking, etc. The programme also enables you to benchmark your own organisation against those of your fellow participants as well as the current state-of-the-art in the market.

The group of ‘like-minded colleagues’ has added an extra dimension to broadening my own view of things in our company. So, in brief, the AM programme has more than met my personal expectations."

  Sarah De Smet, Oxfam Fairtrade
Product Manager

Management Acceleration Programme
“Some elements of this programme met my expectations, others exceeded my expectations, and very few scored below my expectations. But I must say I expect a lot – I need to be challenged, and I am very eager to learn and excel. If this is what you are looking for, the Vlerick programme is the right step to take. A crucial aspect for me was the personal development. A mirror is held in front of you – and if you are really willing to look at it, this programme changes the way you manage, the way you lead, the way you act as a professional."

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Which programmes are eligible?

Vlerick Social Profit Grants apply to all open executive management programmes offered by Vlerick Business School.

Only 1 Social Profit Grant is permitted per programme. Therefore we recommend you to send your application as soon as possible. For every programme we evaluate all applications and make a final decision based on motivation, relevance of the programme for the development of the company and the impact the applicant has within the organisation. For short term programmes you can apply until 6 weeks before the start, for long term programmes until 12 weeks. 

Which programmes are not eligible?

Which organisations can apply?

Organisations active in the nonprofit sector are eligible for a Vlerick Social Profit Grant. 

Their mission is to realise their business objectives with a focus on society and its members (e.g. NGOs, organisations that support local communities, etc.).

Note that we concentrate on those organisations that are eager to develop their management skills and knowledge but that lack the resources to invest in management education.

In case of doubt, don’t hesitate to contact us. Through experience we noticed that the following organisations are not eligible:

  • Organisations from the healthcare sector
  • Organisations that consist out of professional associations
  • Public centers for social welfare and residential care centers
  • City councils or local governments

Applicant profile

All applicants must have management responsibilities and a clear need for management and/or leadership development within their organisation.

As the budget for Vlerick Social Profit Grants is limited, Vlerick reserves the right to select from the various applicants and to limit grant awards to a maximum of 2 participants per organisation per year. The same person can only apply every 3 years for a Social Profit Grant.  

How much is paid by Vlerick Business School?

The School pays the programme fee. Variable costs (e.g. catering, travel, evening activities, accommodation costs (B&B), etc.) are paid by the applicant or his/her organisation. The variable costs are estimated to 100 euro per day, depending on the programme.

Frequently asked questions?

Please click here to find the frequently asked questions.

Wish to apply?

Please fill out the application form and e-mail it to Karen De Baets:
[email protected]
T: +32 9 210 97 55

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